Ken Morrison: The Beer Czar

Ken Morrison, The Beer Czar blogger, photographed at Craft 64 in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Ken Morrison, The Beer Czar blogger, photographed at Craft 64 in Scottsdale, by Nicki Escudero

Ken Morrison
www.thebeerczar.blogspot.com

Ken Morrison is a craft beer expert whose passion for the frothy drink extends to his blog, where he talks about everything beer-related as the Beer Czar. The 42-year-old Gilbert resident, who works for Bank of America as an operations analyst for workforce management and staffing, touches on everything from how to cook with beer, to coverage on where to get local brews in the Valley.

Morrison shared more about why he’s so fervent about craft beer and gave his tips for brewskie beginners. You can also hear him name his five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video.

What brought you to Arizona?

Winter. I was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and grew up in northern Maine. My parents moved out here while I was in college in southern New Hampshire at Franklin Pierce College. The winter we had during my senior year of college was one of the worst winters on record. I was studying fine arts and education, and on my way to student teaching one day, I did a 360 in my car in the snow. I vowed to myself that was going to be the last winter I’d ever spend in New England. I moved to Arizona after I graduated and have been here ever since.

When I first came to Arizona, I was a teacher for a few years. I then moved into finance and have continued working in that field. Continue reading

James Keenan: A Life of Science Musician, Spark Design Graphic Designer

James Keenan

James Keenan, photographed at Shady’s in Phoenix, by Nicki Escudero

James Keenan
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James Keenan may seem like a calm, laidback guy on the outside, but brimming under that friendly exterior is a whole lot of passion for the things he loves most. The 29-year-old is a graphic designer by day and a musician and writer by night, extending his professional talents into his musical world through crafting colorful and fun music videos for his band A Life of Science. He’s not just good with a computer, though — Keenan also wrote comic books for the band, too, and came up with the treatment for the band’s novel,¬†The Apneist. He also serves as art director for local label Sundawg Records and deejays as Ex-Ghost, but just because he’s busy doesn’t mean he doesn’t take a breather at Shady’s every once in awhile for a beer. See Keenan play with A Life of Science Saturday, September 29 at Martini Ranch, and keep reading to watch him list five reasons why he loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’ve lived here my entire life. I was born in Phoenix at St. Joe’s and raised in Phoenix and went to Shadow Mountain High School. The only time I left Phoenix was for college at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Continue reading