Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Patrick found himself interested in beer shortly after high school when he got his first home-brew kit. Like many others, hobby turned to passion and he decided to make a career out of beer. To further his beer knowledge, he went to Chicago, Illinois, to study at the Siebel Institute of Technology, an academy dedicated to professional brewing education. Additionally, he will soon finish his degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston, with the idea that beer and hospitality go hand in hand. Through the university, he met Hilton professor and 8th Wonder brewmaster Aaron Corsi, which ultimately led him to join the 8W team.