Andy Sparhawk, Brewers Association & CraftBeer.com
Andy Sparhawk from the Boulder-based Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com never went through a phase of drinking light, mass-produced beers. Even in college, a haven for the Bud Lights and Heinekens of the world, Andy stuck with craft beer and never looked back. Of course, it didn’t hurt that he grew up in a region where craft beer has been around longer than the recent headlines. No wonder he now proudly works for the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade association of 3,800 U.S. breweries and 46,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association.
“The type of people that love craft beer love an adventure.”
Keith Bennet, BrewDog Brewery
Keith Bennet, a Cicerone Certified beer connoisseur, looks after special projects in the U.S. for the Scottish brewery BrewDog. They’ve just finished building a 100,000 square foot brewery in Columbus, Ohio and are working on opening the “DogHouse” hotel on the property. With talk of IPA-filled hot tubs, coolers in the showers, taps in the rooms and so much more, this one-of-a-kind hotel is set to turn every beer lover’s fantasy into a reality.
“We exist to make people as passionate about craft beer as we are.”
Mentioned on the Show
Skift: “Craft beer is big business in America with a passionate following of consumers who appreciate the nuances of beer flavor, texture, and character as much as their wine-loving brethren. According to the Brewers Association, U.S. sales of small batch suds jumped 16 percent in 2015.”
Thrillist: “Thanks to a bank-breaking funding push from an IndieGoGo, in addition to a brewery, BrewDog is building The DogHouse, the world’s first craft beer-themed hotel. Among other amenities, it’ll feature hot tubs drawn with beer, facials administered with hop-infused creams, massages enhanced with barley, fridges in your bathroom for shower beers, other toiletries made with beer ingredients, and — obviously — minibars loaded with craft beers.”