Michael Peticolas is an honest, friendly, down to earth brewer who delivers world class passion in a glass. He is a fifth generation Texas trial attorney and owner/operator of Dallas’s Peticolas Brewing Company.
After practicing law for a decade, Michael Peticolas turned to his passion for craft beer. In 2010, he enrolled in the ABG’s Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering program, wrote a business plan, and formed the Peticolas Brewing Company. The following year, he built a brewery and on December 30, 2011, Michael brewed his first batch of beer, an Imperial Red Ale called Velvet Hammer. During the first year of operations, Michael acted as the brewery’s sole brewer, cellarman, distributor, and brewery representative.
In its first year of operations, Peticolas Brewing Company won numerous local and national awards, including the biggest award in the brewing industry, a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). A GABF gold medal is an objective measure that a beer is a world class example of a specific style. Peticolas Brewing’s Royal Scandal, an English pale ale, won the award after less than 2 months in the market. Two year later, Peticolas brought home another GABF gold medal, this time for Great Scot!, a Scottish Ale. In 2017, the Homebrewers Association named Peticolas Brewing as the best brewery in the State of Texas.
Texas craft brewers elected Michael to the board of directors for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, a role he served for three years. The board elected him legislative committee co-chair, which is responsible for expanding the rights of Texas craft brewers via legislative measures. Peticolas also sued the State of Texas to declare an anti-craft beer law unconstitutional in 2014. Litigation is ongoing, but a favorable judgment will be a victory for all Texas craft brewers. Peticolas’s legislative and judicial efforts, as well as the award-winning beer, have established the brewery as a craft beer industry leader in Texas.