Originally from New Mexico, Preston Brown has lived in Houston, Texas for 25+ years and has 13+ years’ experience in brewing beer and distilling spirits, as well as creating the occasional mead or wine. Before opening The Grain Cellar, Preston’s “day job” was in oil & gas as an IT Director, but his play time has been spent as a co-host, with Jon Denman, of the popular Drink of Ages talk radio show and former President of the Rogue Brewers Coalition Homebrew Club. He enjoys camping, fishing, traveling, Ham radio, and rebuilding/restoring vintage automobiles. Preston is also a member of Shriners North America.
From a small East Texas town, Mindy Brown has lived in Houston for 20 years. A U.S. Navy and Nevada ANG Veteran, she is also a graduate of the University of Houston, and currently works in human resources for an IT consulting firm. Mindy can often be found with Preston at The Grain Cellar during the classes and events hosted there. She enjoys downtime at home, cooking, reading, listening to podcasts, and gaming (Preston’s fault!), as well as camping and traveling with Preston and their dog, Logan.
Preston and Mindy met in Houston and married in 2001. Their family includes two (now fully grown) kids, Natalie and Lynn, a dog Logan, and a cat Toby.