With a title like “head beer guy,” you know he has to be good. We stopped by Chandler beer haven The Hungry Monk to chat with Jim Lolli, owner and resident beer afficianado, about his beer history, his love of craft and his much- adored taproom and eatery.
The Entertainer!: How did you get started and begin to learn about beer?
Lolli: I was living back in Michigan and was your typical big name beer guy. I was able to go to my first beer festival and I never went back. It was eye-opening. I was in the corporate world and after years of that, I was sick of it. So I turned to my wife and told her, “I want to play with beer for the rest of my life.”
What makes craft beer so special?
The sheer variety and wide range of ingredients is amazing. Also, the insane coolness of the craft beer crowd is one of my favorite parts. But overall, it’s the experience. Craft beer is always chasing a sensory experience equivalent to the culinary experience.
Why is The Hungry Monk a great place to enjoy craft beer?
Our motto is that it’s where ‘great food, craft beer and sports collide.’ We focus on the experience. We have insanely good customers and a staff that sticks around. Our beer menu changes every single day and we have great relationships with breweries, so we’re able to get a wide variety.