Wow! What a complete and utter surprise! I was shocked about being asked to be Brewer of the Month. I feel there are so many others that are way more deserving than I am. It's a great honor to join the ranks of BOM and one that I'll cherish.
My name is Steve Haner, but most of you know me as K9Dude. I was born and raised in Afton Iowa, a small rural town in southwest Iowa. Shortly after High School I left for the Air Force. I served as a K9 handler working with both drug and bomb detection. I was stationed in Colorado Springs, CO, Osan AB, Korea, Vandenberg AFB, CA and Nellis AFB, NV. I finished with the Air Force in Las Vegas and have lived here for 14 years. Currently I work for the Southern Nevada Health District as Security. I've been married to my wonderful wife Bonnie for 11 years and we have a daughter and a son. I also have 2 daughters from my previous marriage and one grandson.
In case you missed it, this week we rocked the brewing world with the exciting news that Mr.Beer is joining forces with Australian brewing giant Coopers Brewery, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. For the past few months, as we’ve worked and planned to make sure everything would be perfect all while keeping our lips sealed, we’ve been like kids waiting for Christmas. We even created an advent calendar, with a different beer to mark each day we got closer to making it a reality. Ok, maybe we didn’t do that last part. But we could have! We have, certainly, sampled many a different beer as we toiled unwaveringly on exciting new flavors of malt designed to enhance and improve your Mr.Beer brewing experience.
We’ve met some fantastic, inspiring and just plain fun members of the wonderful Coopers family, and I, for one, am pretty convinced that we’ve found our long-lost homebrew soul-mates. Just like us, they love their jobs, and they also know how to have a lot of fun. With that and other similarities in our respective core values, it feels like we were made for them. Ok, that last part sounded a little chick-flick-ish. But what can I say? I am a chick. In any case, it’s just important for us to express to you guys how much of a perfect marriage this really is. I mean, I know you love us just as we are, but Coopers, with their size, reach, ingenuity, and quality, are going to make Mr.Beer even better than we already are.
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MR. BEER Acquired by International Industry Powerhouse Coopers Brewery
Merger to bring new products, international distribution to MR. BEER customers
Tucson, AZ (April 24, 2012) – Today, the two largest players in homebrewing have announced they are joining forces. MR. BEER, the largest supplier of make-your-own beer kits in the United States, has been acquired by Coopers Brewery of Adelaide, Australia. Coopers is the largest Australian-owned brewery as well as the world's largest producer of home brew beer. The merger not only increases MR. BEER's presence in the United States, but across the globe.
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