Meet North by Northwest

Who's who at NXNW? We take our food and beer seriously, which is why we have the best of the best running the show. Get to know the owner, read about the brewers and aquaint yourself with the head chef.

George Powell, Executive Chef

Galveston native George Powell started his chef career working in Italian restaurants in 1979. He then began working in the first sous chef position at Mezzaluna and eventually became chef there in 1997. Starting in 2000, Powell started at head chef at North by Northwest.

Powell currently resides in Austin with his wife and two children.

Don Thompson, Brewmaster

Brewmaster Donald Thompson is one of the pioneers in the craft brewing movement in the United States. In 1982, Thompson and his wife Mary founded the Reinheitsgebot Brewing Company in Plano, Texas. It was the first microbrewery in the Southwest and the 6th in the nation.

Don first came to Austin to help his friend, Davis Tucker, build the Copper Tank brewery and design the beers. He then designed the brewery and beers at North by Northwest, where Thompson has been brewmaster since the resturant and brewery opened.

Kevin Roark, Head Brewer - Stonelake Location

Kevin was introduced to craft beer while working at The Bitter End Bistro & Brewery in downtown Austin during the mid 90's. It wasn't long before Kevin brewed his first batch of beer in his college apartment and was forever hooked on homebrewing. After years of bartending and management in local beer-savvy restaurants and bars, he landed a job as a bartender and assistant brewer at North by Northwest in 2007. Kevin is now our Head Brewer but can still be occasionally seen behind the bar at NXNW, tapping a cask on the last Monday of each month.

Hayden Winkler, Head Brewer - Slaughter Location

Hayden began his journey into craft brewing while still in college at the University of Texas.  At home, he spent time brewing small batches with his father and educating himself on different styles and techniques.  After college he volunteered for different events and breweries until he landed a job at Real Ale Brewing Co. in 2011.  There, under the direction of some of the most respected brewers around, he was able to develop and grow from Assistant Brewer to a Lead Brewer in just a few years.  In addition, Hayden has always loved to be an active member in the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and the Master Brewers Association of America volunteering and helping out wherever possible.  In 2014 Hayden decided to leave Real Ale and accept the job as Head Brewer for the new NXNW Parkside in South Austin.  He's excited to be a part of the growing NXNW team and to brew clean and flavorful beers for the local community.

Mary Thompson, Director of Brewing Education

Mary Thompson is a graduate of the United States Brewers Academy in Chicago. Along with her husband, Donald, she started the first microbrewery in the Southwest. Thompson was the first woman elected president of a district in the 100-year history of the international organization, the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. She has been teaching classes about beer and beer styles for twenty years.

Mary Thompson is also the noted "Queen of Quaff", contributing regularly as a columnist to the Southwest Brewing News.

Davis Tucker, Owner

Davis Tucker has been in the brewing industry for many years...