November 20, 2013

It's True. I Have an Honest to Goodness Grown Up Person Beer Job.

I took month-long vacations in the stratosphere, and you know it's really hard to hold your breath
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
If 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."

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


  1. Not sure whether to say congratulations or "be careful what you wish."

    I'll be optimistic and go with a).

    1. I took a big bite of the apple on this one.

      I've been thinking a lot of you lately and sorry I missed you at the GABF Writers Guild reception. I'm inspired by what you've been able to accomplish. You've united brewers from across the world with your Hops book. I hope to unite the brewers of the state to make my home a better place. The best I can hope for is to be as well regarded, respected and connected as you, Stan.


  2. Don't tell me you are putting on suits in the morning and stuff like that! Hopefully growing up doesn't mean growing lame- the beer business is a dream organization, great to see you taking on more responsibility in it!