Title: Master Brewer/Founder/CEO
Company: Cabin Boys Brewery
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Education: BBA in Personal Marketing, University of Central Oklahoma, 2012;
Master Brewer, Siebel Institute of Technology, Chicago
Career History: Founder, CEO, Brewmaster, Cabin Boys Brewery, 2017-Present;
Head Brewer, Elgin Park Brew Pub, 2016-2017;
Assistant English Teacher, Mito City Board of Education, 2014-2015;
Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual, 2012-2014
Type of Business: Beverage, Business
Austin McIlroy, Master Brewer, Founder and CEO of Cabin Boys Brewery, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of craft beer and beverages.
For Mr. McIlroy, his decision to go into the craft beer industry is one made from love. In 2013, he realized his wife and him were on different time schedules due to work and he would often have many hours to himself. He got into home brewing with a friend to occupy this time and discovered a new dream in this process. As his talents grew in crafting beer, so did the community around him, and he realized he could bring something to Oklahoma that was missing. His final push to become a master brewer came after an inspiring trip to Japan, and after he enrolled in the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. After working as the Head Brewer for Elgin Park Brew Pub from 2016 to 2017, Mr. McIlroy, along with family and friends, opened the doors to the Cabin Boys Brewery in 2017. Since then, he has been bringing his community together through the shared love and passion for craft beer.
In the years since, Mr. McIleroy has garnered attention for his business and has won several awards and accolades. The career highlight that stands out thus far is winning the Silver Medal for the Belgian Single in the Belgian Specialty category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. It is the largest and most prestigious competition in the United States for beer and there were only 234 medals awarded out of 9,000 entries. For him to win silver at the festival is an extremely wonderful honor being such a young company. In addition to snagging the silver, his brewery has both won and been nominated as Tulsa’s Best Taproom by the Tulsa World Newspaper since 2017, and has also been voted as the Best Local Brewery by the Reader’s Choice A-List.
In addition to brewing unique flavors of beer and bringing his community together, Mr. McIleroy is committed to giving back. Heavily involved in his community, he donates time and efforts to the Salvation Army, St. Jude’s Hospital, and meals for a homeless shelter in Tulsa. He maintains affiliation with the Brewers Association of America and the Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma and endeavors to continue growing his brewery and branch out to new locations.