There is so much to say about the person that placed in the fourth spot of the Most Beerfluential Poll. He has been an important piece that helped liven up the beer scene in Arizona and not letting it get too serious. He is behind a handful of groups and websites that not only promote craft beer, but local craft beer. Over the last year we have gotten to know him and all of his “tactics” and we are not in the least bit surprised he placed in the top 5.
The fourth spot belongs to HopHead Fred, congratulations!
The Brew Bros: How long have you been in the craft beer community:
Hop Head Fred: Long before it was considered a community.
TBB: What types of things do you do in the community?
HHF: Drink craft beer. I do this blogging thing too for Daily Beergasm, AZ Draft (All Local), I also run the Vegan Zombie Beer Club (ask me if I am vegan and I will punch you in the face and no I don’t have any survival stuff either) which puts together themed pub crawls at Craft Pubs.
TBB: What do you feel is important for the state of Arizona to accomplish to
gain an edge in craft beer?
HHF: There is a myriad of things that needs to happen before that can happen but I’ll start at the source, the breweries. Having 6–8 beers on tap and every once in so often blessing us with a seasonal is by todays means very boring. Mo mo mo beer please! That means drink local and not just support the special tappings. Yeah, I’m talking to you!
TBB: Why do you feel like your peers have voted you into the Top 5?
HHF: Too many paint chips as children? Maybe they thought they were voting for HopHead Red from Green Flash but more than likely because I held a gun to their head.
TBB: If you could do anything to help craft beer in Arizona, what would it be?
HHF: Continue to have fun with beer and not take myself so serious. So many people here get their panties in a bunch about how beers are rated, why we didn’t get some stupid badge on some app, or about the name of a bar. I will continue to keep it light and fun so that it doesn’t affect the taste of beer here.
TBB: Who in Arizona influenced your craft beer passion?
HHF: It was the lack of breweries, the lack of beer at breweries, and the lack
of local tap handles at pubs. I’ve been on a crusade ever since to support local breweries as much as possible. Wow has the beer scene grow immensely in the three years I’ve been here and I’m glad to be a part of it.
TBB: Why is it that sometimes you have an afro and other times you don’t?
HHF: I sold my soul to the devil for my Texas Walker Ranger figurine for an infinite amount of hops and bam, he turned my hair into hops hence the name HopHead. With the shortage of hops my hair has been contracted to breweries I can’t name.