I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere, and you know it's really hard to hold your breathIf you haven't already seen it, I have accepted a full time position as the Executive Director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. I'd like to thank Jess Harter and Rob Hart for taking the time to write about it. Personally, it's a life changing event. It's odd that I have to reiterate that this is a full time paid position, but I've found myself having to tell people, "Yes, I have quit my day job. They are paying me in US currency and not beer."
I swear I lost everything I ever loved or feared, I was the cosmic kid in full costume dress
Well, my feet they finally took root in the earth, but I got me a nice little place in the stars
And I swear I found the key to the universe in the engine of an old parked car
I hid in the mother breast of the crowd, but when they said, "Pull down," I pulled up
Ooh... growin' up - Bruce Springsteen
It's an honest-to-goodness-grown-up-person job.
This position, signals that the Arizona beer scene is truly exploding and that craft brewers of Arizona recognize the importance of leading and shaping this growth. Another thing I've found myself having to tell people is that, "Yes, this is actually going to be very hard work." There are close to 50 organizations being represented by the guild--ones as large as the locally owned allied member, Hensley Beverage, and others as small as 3BBL producer, Granite Mountain. State breweries contribute close to $300 million in direct annual economic impact. Grown up, indeed.
I will finish my term as ASH President on December 14th at the year end Holiday Party. At that event a new President will be elected. I will taking a chair back in the back, as a member.
My writing will continue in (hopefully) larger publications with the goal of reaching more individuals. As for this blog, I will occasionally write more of the "inside baseball" stuff. Mike will carry the torch and I'll be looking for more contributors so that I can take on an editing role. There is much to write about in the beer world of Arizona.
Well, what are you waiting for? Get out of the clouded wrath of the crowd and stand up!
Ooh... growin' up