Guest Blogger: Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell is a relative new comer to the craft beer scene. He was introduced to craft beer in a biology lab at the University of Mount Union. His friend invited to him to hang out and drink in his lab, which of course he couldn’t refuse. His friend, Alan, handed him an Edmund Fitzgerald by Great Lakes Brewing Company, but wouldn’t let him drink it; Alan said it needed a glass. “But it’s just beer; I don’t need a glass.” Oh, how wrong Tim was.

Since then, Tim has been seeking out the different, strange and unique. American cask-conditioning with anything everything perks his interest, but he’s truly a sucker for vanilla. Pappy Van Winkle barrels produce world class beer, but please don’t age an IPA in a spirit barrel. In spite of that, Tim’s true desire lies in traditional Old World styles done as they should. Tim would be perfectly content if one brewery would just brew an English Bitter and keep it on a hand pump year-round.

All of the knowledge and passion accrued through personal time finally started to work when he landed a job as a merchandiser at Total Wine & More. He is now full time at Total Wine and has passed the first level of the Cicerone program. A constant presence at Beer Study in Chapel Hill, North Carolina then led to a job as the Brand Ambassador for the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill/Carrboro) for Finch’s Beer Company out of Chicago. You might also see him slinging beer and educating the great people of Cary, NC on the basics of the nomenclature of English beer styles behind the bar at Fortnight Brewing.

You’ll most likely find Tim at Beer Study drinking great local drafts (and by local he means Asheville or Charlotte) or at any brew pub within driving distance. Locally, he loves Bull City Burger & Brewery in Durham, Fortnight Brewing in Cary, or Steel String Brewery in Carrboro.

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