As a bartender at Tempe’s Pedal Haus, Tiffany Fowler has heard her fair share of stories. But armed with a degree in psychology and anthropology from ASU, Fowler is in the perfect profession.
Most importantly, though, she’s a “beer educator.”
Fowler started working for Pedal Haus in March, but has been in the beer industry for four years. After spending time at Upward Projects, she was employed by Arizona Wilderness in Gilbert for three and a half years.
Pedal Haus differs from her other jobs.
“They do a lot of German-style beers,” she says. “The head brewer is very true to the style. He’s a traditional brewer. He does it really well.”
Beer wasn’t always a thing for Fowler. After attending NAU and ASU, she worked with a global health nonprofit for her internship. It took her to Bolivia, where she worked with the country’s water programs.
“I got to see a little bit of everything they do down there,” she says. “I sat in on surgeries. I saw nutrition-based farming. It’s cool. They taught the whole community how to do these things.”
Fowler sat down with The Entertainer! to talk about her passion for beer, and how Pedal Haus is always true to the German brew.
What do you think makes craft beer special?
I think for me, personally, it’s the community around it. It really is a supportive community, a network of people who often collaborate. They assist a lot of people who need help, like hosting fundraisers. It’s like a family. I’ve made awesome friendships because of that. Everyone’s excited to talk about beer and drink beer.
How did you get your start in craft beer?
I sold craft beer and started learning about it through Upward Projects, and helped open Joyride Taco House. I started at Arizona Wilderness the year they opened. They really fostered my beer education and my love for the community. The head brewer was a huge advocate for me. If I had questions, he answered them. Coming over to Pedal Haus, I’m learning even more. They’re letting me be myself.
What is your favorite part about the beer culture in Arizona?
I love how the breweries have different styles, and the creativity that every individual brewery has. It’s cool to see how it’s ever-evolving.
Why is Pedal Haus the perfect place for craft beer?
The bartenders really know their stuff. I think it’s cool for people to come in and have a great beer, maybe something outside of what they normally drink. We do beer well. You can have a cold one and have great food along with it.
Pedal Haus Brewery, 730 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 102, Tempe, 480.314.2337, pedalhausbrewery.com.