Moderator – Jon Lane
Jon Lane is a husband, father and lover of craft beer and spirits. Operator of multiple restaurants, breweries and a distillery. O.H.S.O. is in the people business more than any other, we love to learn and we often make mistakes, but recovering from those times is how we have grown as a company. We are lucky to be in a collaborative industry and we are lucky to have opportunities to share and shine with our customers each and every day.
Panelist – R.J. Price
R.J. Price is the Chief Marketing Officer for Downtown Phoenix Inc., (aka DTPHX) overseeing special events, branding, hospitality and destination marketing. Fun Fact: R.J. is from New Ulm, Minn., home to the second-oldest family owned brewery in the United States (August Schell Brewing Company).
Panelist – Leah Huss
Leah Huss is the co-founder of Huss Brewing Company which Leah and Jeff Huss put together as a family enterprise. Leah, a graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute, was owner and manager of Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale for more than 14 years.
Panelist – Dustin Hazer
With a background in Pharmaceutical Science, Dustin Hazer left the research world to attend The Siebel Institute’s World Brewing Academy in Chicago, IL. After completing the coursework there, he went on to start his brewing career at Ellicottville Brewing Company in Western New York, getting to apply all aspects of his learned technical brewing skills in the 1,000 bbl/year setup.
After a couple of years in Ellicottville, Dustin was brought out to brew at Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe over a decade ago while they grew from 18,000 bbls per year to close to 40,000 as both a brewpub and distribution brewery.
After about three years in the Valley, a large opportunity arose as the founder of Southern Tier Brewing Co brought him back to New York to oversee brewing operations as well as help with commissioning and designing new equipment. He was the Brewmaster with Southern Tier Brewing Company for four years where he was in charge of all brewing and related operations, commissioning the new 110 bbl Steinecker brewhouse, along with new 660 bbl and 880 bbl fermenters, cellar and yeast automation and a new state of the art centrifuge. During that time, they grew from around 40,000 bbls per year to producing over 100,000 bbls per year, becoming one of the top 20 breweries in the country. At the end of 2015, Dustin resigned from his position there to open Helio Basin Brewing right here in Phoenix that opened in mid 2016!
Panelist – Ken Wilson
Ken Wilson is a loyal and passionate ambassador for Arizona beer. Ken has spent nearly 25 in the beer industry and has managed statewide sales for Lumberyard Brewing Company in Flagstaff for the last eight. He has been a champion of Arizona craft beer as a whole and proudly represents the world class beers of the Lumberyard. He previously served as President of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and is currently a member of the Brewers Association Market Development Committee.