October 15, 2012

Who In the Phoenix Beer World?

Do you know who in the Phoenix beer world this photo refers to? How does it relate to Arizona beer?
The concept is simple. We post a picture that is relevant to the Phoenix area beer scene and you try and identify it. Sometimes there will be a larger story involved, but often there will not. So, for glory and a tip of the glass next time we see you. Please, no social media cheating!

In this instance, Johnny was at the GABF touring a brewery (which one?) and decided to tell people that he was with the AZ Alpaca Association sourcing spent grain for alpacas. We furthered the lie a bit and said that he was also starting a business knitting alpaca growler covers. Given the growth in Craft Beer and its expansion in just about everything else, the alpaca story almost seems plausible.

Tell us precisely who Johnny really is. Extra points if you know which brewery was toured. Answer after the jump.

Johnny and Leah of Papago
The answer was Johnny Miller of Papago Brewing. You would be hard pressed to find a funnier and kinder person in the Arizona beer scene. Johnny was on the infamous GABF/World Class Beverages Thursday tour which had stops at Left Hand, Oskar Blues, New Belgium and Odell.

Others on the tour included staff from Angels Trumpet, Taste of Tops, Flanny's, Draw 10, and of course Papago.

The Dutch on the name badge was the clue that the brewery was New Belgium.

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