Moderator – Andrew Bauman
Andrew Bauman is the head brewer at Uncle Bear’s Brewery in Gilbert. Andrew’s story in brewing began when after leaving the restaurant business, his wife noticed that he was home a lot more. In order to get him out of her hair, she suggested that he start home brewing and kindly signed him up for the Arizona Society of Homebrewer’s club. After months of researching homebrewing, Andrew jumped in with both feet, and brewed over 180 batches in approximately 2 1/2 years. After teaching classes for the City Of Chandler’s Park and Rec department and Whole Foods, he had given away enough beer to be recognized in the community.
Andrew was invited to become the Head Brewer at The Perch in Chandler and began his professional career. The Perch became well known for creative beers and several awards were bestowed upon the brew team. In 2016, Andrew moved over to Uncle Bear’s which recently opened an 18,000 square foot production facility with a 30 bbl brewhouse. Andrew has been leading the brew team at Uncle Bear’s for almost three years now. Andrew serves as the Secretary for the Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild.
Panelist – Ian Yonushonis
Ian Yonushonis is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Crescent Crown Distributing and a Nationally Recognized Sales and Marketing Leader with extensive experience in sales, people management, distribution, and marketing. Ian’s experience in the beer industry spans 20 years including over 10 years at MillerCoors.
Panelist – Chris Otzen
Chris Otzen is currently the President of Legacy Beverage. Legacy Beverage, LLC is the descriptive new name of two long-time, family-owned Arizona beer distributors — resulting from the November 2017 merger of Northland Beverage, Inc. and Nackard Beverage. Northland Beverage, founded by the Otzen family, has been serving Coconino county since 1980.
Panelist – Chris Curtin
Chris Curtin grew up in Norco, CA. He participated in wrestling, swimming and cross country in high school and is a member of the high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, he attended Mount San Antonio College to wrestle. After finishing his sophomore year at Mount San Antonio College, Chris was greeted by the birth of his daughter Lindsay. Chris started his career as a chain merchandiser with Southern Wine and Spirits and held several management positions in the 18 years he worked there.
Chris then moved to Young’s Market company and has held senior sales management roles before taking the Director of Regulatory Affairs role which he has held for over 3 years. Chris has helped usher Young’s Market Company from the 2011 merge with RNDC to establish itself as an Industry, Community, and Business leader in Arizona. Chris Currently sits on the Board of Directors of Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, Beverage Alcohol Community Information Council and is Treasurer for the Wine and Spirits Wholesale Association of Arizona. Chris has called Phoenix home for the past 6 years.
Panelist – Andy McCain
Andy McCain is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Hensley Beverage Company. Founded in 1955, Hensley (one of the largest, privately-held companies in Arizona) serves Arizona delivering a very diverse and first-rate portfolio of Anheuser-Busch products, imports and craft brews, spirits, specialty beverages, energy drinks, water, teas and wine.
Andy’s responsibilities consist of overseeing all aspects of the company which includes managing the operations; finance; treasury; accounting; strategic planning; information technology; and sales and marketing functions of the company.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, 1984, and a Masters in Business Administration, 1986, both from Vanderbilt University.
Community: Board Member of Vanderbilt Business School Board of Visitors; Board Member & Chairman of Membership Committee for Phoenix Country Club; Chairman of Hensley Employee Foundation; and Patrons Committee member of United Methodist Outreach Ministries’ New Day Centers.
Past Board Member of the Arizona 2017 Final Four Committee; Arizona 2016 College Football Championship Local Organizing Committee; the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee; Past Chairman of the Board of the Fiesta Bowl; Past Chairman, Anheuser-Busch National Wholesaler Advisory Panel; Past Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
Personal: Lived in Phoenix since 1996. Married with two children.
Interests: Spending time with his family, travel, playing golf, and following the valley’s sports teams.