First, about John the Fearless.
John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, presided over the County of Flanders, which was a major beer-producing region in the area of present-day France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He encouraged brewers to move away from the herbal concoction that they were using to flavor their beers in favor of hops, which also helped to keep the beer from spoiling.
To show his appreciation for his brewing subjects and gain their favor, he instituted the merit Order of the Hop (Ordo lupuli) upon which accomplished brewers could be bestowed. Unfortunately, after John lost his head – literally – in a political squabble, the original Order of the Hop ceased to exist as well. (The Order resumed in 1971 by the International Hop Growers Convention and continues to bestow honors upon those who contribute to the cultivation and prosperity of the hop.)
Despite his political scandals and quandaries, Duke John was known for his enthusiasm and bravery, which netted him his nickname. We see similar conviction in the brewers we work with and strive to encourage and support them in their quest. Our advice? Brew bold, brew fearless, and keep your head about you.
Position: Fearless Leader (CEO and Co-founder)
Background: 25 years of experience in the alcohol beverage industry. Global experience across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa. Worked in several roles spanning supply chain/logistics, distribution, packaging, production, distributor management, sales and executive positions. Launched the John Fearless Co. in 2015.
Beer: I’m Australian, so I love all beer 😊. If I had to choose only one, I would definitely go for a well-balanced IPA.
Position: Technical Consultant
Background: 23 years of brewing experience
Beer: I tend to gravitate to the lighter lager beers like pilsners and helles lagers these days, but I do enjoy a good West Coast IPA as much as anyone else. I enjoy our poolside beers or merely partaking with some good friends. I often host bottle share events where we will also fire up our wood fired pizza oven to keep folks well fed.