Michael “Mufasa” Ferguson, one of the most recognizable figures in American craft brewing, joins 47Hops as Vice President Marketing and Public Relations. Michael is one of the country’s most respected and sought-after expert craft beer ambassadors, speaking at beer events nationwide, teaching at seminars, and hosting his own Emmy nominated show, Beer Geeks (beergeeks.tv). To that long list of distinguished accomplishments, he will now be able to add Hop Merchant. Regarding the announcement, 47Hops President Douglas MacKinnon said. “This is a fun next step for 47Hops. As the most fun and edgy hop merchant, we decided to take things a completely different direction. We’re all about giving our customers the best service and the highest quality hops. Not only does 47Hops know hops inside and out, but with the addition of Michael Ferguson to the team, 47Hops brings decades of craft brewing experience to the table. The move will help us better speak the brewers’ language and will enable us to rock the hop and craft beer worlds in fun new ways we can’t wait to unveil.”
Back craft beer was cool, Ferguson began brewing under Dan Gordon at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. After a stint at Station Casinos, in 2004, fate guided Ferguson to become Director of Brewery Operations for BJ’s restaurants Inc., where he has been for over a decade. Michael jokes that the move to senior management was largely inspired by the fact that grain sacks seem to get heavier with each passing birthday. During the course of his career, he has literally worked with hundreds of brewers, from Fritz Maytag, pioneer of the craft movement, to his most recent collaboration brew with Mitch Steele at Stone Brewery. He brings his passion to 47Hops and his decades of experience will be a priceless addition to the 47Hops team and will open a world of possibilities!
Regarding this new opportunity, Ferguson says, “Craft beer has been my life for over 25 years and, during that time, I have never stopped learning. This next step in my career’s evolution was an easy one for me, but will be no less challenging. 47Hops is a family-run business that enjoys shaking up the hop world and prides itself on superlative customer service. They are the people-persons of the hop world and have a highly motivated and energetic staff focused on delivering quality in every aspect of what they do … of what we do … for the craft beer industry.” Michael continues, “I will bring my experience and knowledge of brewing to the team and help refine our services and our message to the needs of our customers, with a hands-on understanding of what it takes to get the job done!”
To reach out to Michael at 47Hops, you can write him at mufasa [at] demackinnon.com.