About-Save-The-World-Brewery
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In 2012, husband and wife team, Dave and Quynh Rathkamp, decided to swap their jobs as physicians to open Americas first 100% philanthropic production craft brewery.

After years of perfecting our recipes and using only the finest grains, hops and yeast, we feel we have crafted some delicious ales for you, but grab a bottle and decide for yourself, knowing that you’re helping to Save The World one beer at a time!


Dave

Dave

“The Brewer”

I was born in San Antonio and lived there until graduating from high school. From there I went to Austin to major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Then off to med school in Ft Worth. Next, I went to New Orleans for my internship and residency in Pediatrics. This is where I met the love of my life and future wife, Quynh. We dated for nearly 5 years until I wore her down and she agreed to marry me. We lived in the Dallas area working as physicians, me in Pediatrics and Quynh in Internal Medicine AND Pediatrics. We enjoyed life together with our friends, family, and church.

We would yearly go on a mission trip, often to impoverished areas with limited medical care. I would then return to seeing patients in the US with their first world problems realizing that I wasn’t really making much of a difference. If I stopped seeing patients, they would just see someone else and life would just go on and it was at this time I lost my passion and interest in the practice of medicine.

It was about this same time that our mens pastor was talking about pursuing your passion and that God has created each one of us with certain skills, talents, and interests and you should use them to advance his kingdom. How do you meet the worlds greatest needs with your greatest passion? I thought seriously about how I liked to spend my free time, what I would read about, what I loved to talk about, what things would make me lose track of time because I was so enjoying the moment. The answer was making beer; and somehow God was going to use this?

I’d been brewing for nearly 15 years and loved the science, experimentation, anticipation, and creativity that it involved. Now to get Quynhs involvement. Thankfully I have a wife that is a great combination of supportive and enthusiastic, so she loved the idea and began to add her own thoughts. Quynh had always wanted to retire and work at a nonprofit, so we thought why not make our brewery a nonprofit?

Well, we began to realize a couple of things. One, a business cannot be a nonprofit. Strange, that if you make money and give it away you don’t receive the same tax breaks that you do if you are given money and then you give a portion of that money away, I digress. Secondly, it seems there are already plenty of great nonprofits out there doing fantastic work and truly helping people in need, and the problem is not that there are not enough nonprofits out there but there just isn’t enough money going to them. It’s been said that the root of all evil is the love of money. So, how do you combat the love of money?

You simply give it away. I know it’s a crazy idea, but what if businesses gave all their proceeds to charity instead of stock holders or overpaid executives? I have a few ideas: poverty would be gone, starvation would be eliminated, curable diseases would be cured, and areas that have only known war would enjoy peace. I know it’s a crazy idea, but as Victor Hugo said, “all the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” I think it’s time to Save The World!

Quynh

Quynh

“The Boss”

I am definitely the dark horse in this story. After all, how does an immigrant from Vietnam grow up to be a physician only to leave that and retire as co-owner of a philanthropic microbrewery? The answer is: purely by the grace of God.

When I was six years old, my family and I were “boat people” fleeing Vietnam to the US, and thankfully we were sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Texarkana, Arkansas. I went on to study biomedical engineering at Harvard, and then medical school and residency at Tulane where I met my charming Renaissance man. He wooed me to Texas where I have had the joy of practicing medicine with a great group of physicians in the DFW metroplex.

So now to our grand adventure with the brewery. I was a wine lover originally, but when Dave started homebrewing and plied me with his brews, I turned to the “dark (malt) side” and became an avid beer lover. Since then, I have thrown myself wholeheartedly into learning about and tasting all sorts of beers, and strangely enough, my favorites are the Belgian styles also. In fact, I am now a certified cicerone – just trying to keep up with my husband.

So when he shared his dream of the microbrewery with me, I enthusiastically and immediately jumped on board. While Dave’s passion is making great beer, mine has always been to serve, help and give especially to those more in need. Although I have had the honor of serving many sweet patients as a physician, I confess that I have often been distracted by the business and income aspect of the profession. So what better way to get rid of that distraction than to start a business whose mission is to give all the profits away. Some may call this crazy, but we call it living life to the fullest.

Brett

Brett

"The Sales Guru"

I was born in Chicago, grew up in Round Rock, attended Texas A&M and Southwest TX where I played football until my coach told me I wasn’t “big enough”.  So I pursued the food and beverage industry and ultimately ended at STW, initially as a True Beerliever and now as Director of Sales. I love my family, my pug Captain, and BEER!

Forrest

Forrest

My beer story thus far has been quite a quick and rich roller coaster. I was just about to graduate from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN when some friends introduced me to my first craft beer. Fast-forward a couple of years, and you would have found me reading every piece of beer literature I could get my hands on. My first paycheck after moving to Texas was spent almost entirely on all the homebrewing supplies I could cram into the backseat of my rickety old Isuzu. Batch after batch of thrilling results and a fair share of disappointments followed, but I never got tired of learning more and more. Under the guidance of James Beard-Nominated Chef Steve McHugh at Cured restaurant in San Antonio, I was able to put much of that learning to good use and pass the Certified Cicerone exam in 2015. Beer has been the center of my professional life ever since. I consider myself lucky to have been able to volunteer for and work part time at a handful of Texas craft breweries in the past couple of years, but nothing compares to the joy of working with Save the World Brewing Co. in order to bring their excellent brews to the people of San Antonio. If you see me around, let’s share a beer. I promise, I’ll run out of bad jokes at some point.

Leigh

Leigh

aka "Mom"

Leigh joined our team Summer 2018 as a part time gig in the tasting room. She took over as Tasting Room Manager in the Winter of 2019. With over 20 years experience in the hospitality/events industry, she has been a welcome addition to the team!

Leigh enjoys spending her free time watching movies, boating and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and four kiddos. But, her absolute FAVORITE thing to do is savor a delicious meal paired with the perfect glass of beer or wine! If you see her around the brewery, give her a high-five and ask her what her favorite beer is!

Shane

Shane

aka "the driver"

“When I first met Quynh and Dave, I told them I wanted to be the ‘beer taster’.  To have an office with my name on the door, where they would bring me beer each day to taste and evaluate.   Well, apparently they misunderstood all of that, because they gave me the keys to a delivery van three days a week.

It’s OK, I still enjoy plenty of tasting after hours, I’m just not getting paid for it – yet.  I’m working on that.

Outside of work I like playing golf, camping, and traveling.

Anne and Forrest

Anne and Forrest

aka "our winter Texans"

We are Texacodans who have found a home here in Burnet since 2015. We started coming down from southeastern South Dakota to Burnet for milder winters. We found Save the World through their web site and were anxious to go on the brewery tours in the hill country. STW was first on the list and we never went anywhere else! We have helped out in the brewery since 2016. We found family with Dave and Quynh and a home here with many new friends through STW.  Forrest is supposed to be a retired CPA/farmer, but still enjoys a pass in the field at harvest time. Anne is a retired Ambulance director/ EMT for the local EMS service for the past  15 yrs and enjoyed building crazy cakes for a hobby for 20+ years. We have 2 kids, Robert & Rachel whom have blessed us with 7 beautiful grandkids, who all reside in South Dakota close to home.