Who is Craft Beer College?


StephStephanie Coutts

Steph has been described as a "well-known beer-drinker-about-town". She sometimes worries about the description but hopes it is an acknowledgement of her dedication for craft beer and the craft beer scene in Wellington. That dedication has led to her desire to share her passion, and her knowledge of craft beer, through Craft Beer College.


Steph has been a consumer beer judge for Wellington in a Pint, The Capital Times and Consumer magazine. She has also judged the Wellington Brewers Conference homebrew competition. Steph has been the Volunteer Coordinator for pretty much every beer event held in Wellington including Beervana, the Pacific Beer Expo and the the Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA) Mid-Winter Ale Festival. In 2012, she was the Volunteer Coordinator at the inaugural Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, taking her passion for beer and beer people global.


Steph thinks everyone should be a beer person and that Craft Beer College will help.


Contact: steph@craftbeercollege.co.nz or call +64 21 204 3632


JonnyJonathan Day

Jonny has been swept up by the New Zealand Craft Beer scene over the past few years and is keen to share his appreciation for good beer with fellow Wellingtonians. This appreciation was kicked-started on a trip to Europe in 2004 which included Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic. The trip ruined Jonny's taste for the fizzy, yellow stuff he had been drinking. It opened his eyes to the diversity of great pilsners and ales.


Jonny is the membership officer for the Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA). He also has a history of volunteering at beer festivals, including the Pacific Beer Expo and the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular in Australia - taking his talent global. He also has a history of attending most every beer tasting held in Wellington over the past five years. This lead to a beer expertise that has seen him and the All Saaz team be three time winners of the annual Beer Options blind tasting competition run by Regional Wines and Spirits. Jonny also won the inaugural Beer Drinker of the Year competition at Hashigo Zake in a demonstration of beer drinking and sports trivia prowess.


Jonny thinks everyone should learn that there is more to beer than just the fizzy, yellow stuff.


Contact Jonny at: jonny@craftbeercollege.co.nz or call +64 21 055 1063


Phil CookPhil Cook

Phil's interest in craft beer began when he had a dark beer as a staff drink after work one night. He then realised that not all beer needed to taste like the bland and boring lagers he was used to drinking. A door had been opened.


Phil’s interest in craft beer continued to develop through experimentation during time spent in Melbourne, Australia. He tried a range of different beers after being given an “esky” (read: chilly bin) with a range of craft beers, a notebook and pen from a friend. Upon return to New Zealand, Phil finished his university degree and started work at the Malthouse. He quickly became the resident beer nerd, knowing many things about beer and beers styles.


Phil’s beer nerd qualification, and his work as a beer blogger - www.philcook.net/beerdiary - for which he won Beer Writer of the Year in 2012, qualify him as a worthy Craft Beer College educator. Phil supports Craft Beer College when he is not busy at Wellington bar Golding's Free Dive.


Phil thinks everyone should have an opinion about beer.


Contact: info@craftbeercollege.co.nz or call + 64 21 059 0440


Ryan McArthurRyan McArthur
Ryan’s interest in Beer began as a 3 year old when he disappeared from his family home only to be found in his father’s beer shed (yes beer shed, this was the 80’s) stabbing cans of Fosters with a screwdriver. Some equate this to Obelix falling into the magic potion but Ryan prefers to think that he developed good taste very young and was freeing his Father of the bland tasteless Aussie swill. Years later when he was of legal age bars like Tupelo, Malthouse, Bodega and the Matterhorn laid the beery foundations.


A move to Germany and an immersion in the Fatherland’s Beer and Food culture solidified Ryan’s obsession with good beer (and also added a physical resemblance to the aforementioned Gaul). And, like many who return home with a love of good beer, Ryan sought out and found a growing culture of great interesting beer in Wellington and across New Zealand.


Outside of Craft Beer College Ryan spent a few years selling great beer at Regional Wines and Spirits and is now the Manager Distributions at “Beer Without Borders”. He was also the Beer Manager for Beervana for many years.


Ryan thinks that Beer always deserves a capital B and should be intelligently drunk with laughter.


Contact: info@craftbeercollege.co.nz or call +64 21 111 6562