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  1. Obituary: Nate Soroko, San Diego craft beer icon, dies at 39 – Food and Beverage Reporter
    June 26, 2021 @ 8:09 am

    […] He also grew a substantial social media following under the nickname Toro Islander — a nod to his residency at Toronado and Pacific Islander roots — and has been featured in various articles and rankings, including earning the No. 1 spot for the biggest craft beer celebrity in a 2014 nationwide survey from The Full Pint. […]

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  2. Trish Berrong
    June 6, 2015 @ 11:02 pm

    DANNER. Obvs.

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  3. Matt Peterson
    June 6, 2015 @ 6:12 pm

    Mike (Tasty) McDole of The Brewing Network

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  4. MetsFanVI
    June 6, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

    Chris Flenker from Toppling Goliath!

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  5. Doug Howell
    June 6, 2015 @ 2:36 pm

    Ed Roberts, Total Wine and More Beer Guru. Ed talks the talk and walks the walk if craft beer. Always in the field visiting new breweries, giving new craft brands a shot and supporting beer in general with this major retailer. Ed puts more craft beer in front of consumers than anyone I can think if nationally. He gets my vote.

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  6. Don Bergenty
    June 6, 2015 @ 2:10 pm

    Ed Roberts is the Craft Beer Guy!

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  7. Robert Lorber
    December 15, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    No mention for BFL? I’m hurt…

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  8. Kevin Orlowski
    September 23, 2014 @ 1:41 am

    In my opinion brewery personalities forced to take a “leave of absense” from their own company should be excluded from this list. How rmeverything while Greg was gone Stone produced some great beers which he would of be never approved of. Stone producing a great saison, hell has frozen over.

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  9. RME
    September 22, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

    So funny. The guy below doesn’t care who is the “craft brew celebrity” but comments on the poll. Guess who cares a little?

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  10. beer dude
    September 22, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    Of course it would be the founder of the United Brotherhood of Beer Drinkers. Duh. Hes the beer version of Jimmy Hoffa

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  11. GregR
    September 17, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    I don’t see a “who cares?” option. Disappointing.

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  12. Renee D.
    September 15, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    How about New Albion Brewing Co. founder Jack McAuliffe! First U.S. microbrewer!

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  13. Will E Orwontee
    September 15, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    John Rowling who puts on the biggest and best fest in Canada. The GCBF!

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  14. AmericanCracka
    September 15, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    This is a celebrity pole, based on who is the biggest, not who you like or thinks deserves it. American adjunct beer drinkers our number craft folks and they ONLY know that guy from Sam Adams. Get over it. He advertises his face and name nation wide. Enjoy the misleading results of your “him-know” pole. I know this guy and I read that guys stuff. Good for you dingus.

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  15. Bob Shoemaker
    September 15, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    BrewDad rocks! But vote for Bob at Hoppy Trails Beer News LLC.

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  16. Dan
    September 15, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Tony Magee and I don’t care who thinks what about it.

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  17. Tom
    September 14, 2014 @ 12:57 am

    Clearly, author Randy Mosher should be on the list. His work with 5 Rabbit and Berhoff, among many others, can’t be ignored.

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  18. SteveB
    September 13, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    Charles Finkle has been a tireless crusader in exposing America to classic beer styles for the past 40 years. From founding Merchant du Vin in the 70s- thereby resurrecting Sam Smiths, getting Trappist beer stateside, designing their beautiful labels, etc- to establishing the Pike Brewery in Seattle 25 years ago. Most people in the industry are aware that under Charles visionary leadership, the Pike has been the career launch pad for more talented brewmasters in the craft beer scene than any other establishment. I don’t understand how he didn’t make the list.

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  19. Mike Besser
    September 13, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    What about BrewDad???

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  20. HOTDOG
    September 12, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

    POLYNESIAN POWERHOUSE FTW!

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  21. Jeff Swem
    September 12, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Geoi BACHOUA !!!!!!

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  22. Nick
    September 12, 2014 @ 6:46 am

    I’m from AZ and we all know who Nate Soroko is. He’s the man!

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  23. Bd
    September 11, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    Danner

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  24. Shane
    September 11, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    Hugh Sisson!!!

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  25. Boner Jamz
    September 11, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

    ¡¡Let’s show some love for the Cory King, brewer/ginger at Side Project!!

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  26. firkinyourmom
    September 11, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    Nate Soroko cries cantillon and pisses Nelson

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  27. Sjberto
    September 11, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    Fritz Maytag, without him, these other guys wouldn’t have an industry.

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  28. AnnArborJoe
    September 11, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

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  29. Leni
    September 11, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    Spanky, I am outside of San Diego, I definitely know who Nate Soroko is.

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  30. Bryan Robbins
    September 11, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    Nate Soroko (San Diego Craft Beer Icon) – > all the rest

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  31. Robert Cook
    September 11, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    This must be a San Diego based website. Nobody knows who Nate Soroko or Don’t Drink Beer is… Not that I wouldn’t like them if I didn’t know but come on. Jim Koch is the only guy who is ACTUALLY on beer commercials. He’s the biggest celebrity. Not that his beer is any good but that wasn’t the question.

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  32. Timmy
    September 11, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    Nate Soroko

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  33. Ruth
    September 11, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    The fact that Meg Gill is above the likes of Vinnie, Jim and Greg Koch, is such a joke.

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  34. DS
    September 11, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    Fritz Maytag.

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  35. Spanky
    September 11, 2014 @ 9:44 am

    Who is Nate Soroko? You can’t be a celeb if no-one outside of San Diego knows who you are.

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  36. Paul
    September 11, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    I think the title is misleading. It might be better to say “Who’s The Biggest Craft Brewery Celebrity?”. With the exception of Charlie, there are tons of missing ‘celebrities’.

    Examples
    1. Sean Paxton, Homebrechef
    2. Zane Lamprey, Drinking Made Easy
    3. Fred Eckhardt, Preeminent Beer Writer, former Marine, & namesake inspiration for Hair of the Dog Fred
    4. Don’t Drink Beer
    5. Dick Cantwell, co-founder & head brewer Elysian, author twice over (subjects = Barleywine and Starting a Brewery), *also esteemed ‘gourdfather’ of pumpkin beers
    6. Todd & Jason Alsrom, Beeradvocate.com
    7. Joe Tucker, Ratebeer.com
    8. Wil Wheaton, child star of films Stand By Me, Toy Soliders, television “Star Trek: The Next Generation” & celebrity homebrewer

    Regards

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  37. Larry G. Jones
    September 11, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    I cast my vote for An Mekong, Chief Beer Operator (CBO) at the Answer Brewpub and Mekong Restaurant!

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  38. Shaun Hill
    September 11, 2014 @ 7:58 am

    Adam Harbaugh

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  39. Only Drinking Whalez Bro
    September 11, 2014 @ 7:40 am

    Clearly its Subpeona Dueces of DDB Stop denying this pioneer!

    (Alternate vote for Franny. She practically invented the beer festival selfie and with her own version of “blue steel” to boot! Lolololol.)

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  40. Brian J
    September 11, 2014 @ 6:12 am

    Gotta be Charlie, Everyone is the beer world should know who he is. And many a homebrewer are in his debt.

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  41. kwSmiles
    September 11, 2014 @ 4:39 am

    Don’t drank ber

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  42. A-A-Ron
    September 11, 2014 @ 2:43 am

    DDB!

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  43. Daro
    September 10, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

    I nominate @brianobnoxious as a craftbeer celebrity

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  44. Tim Farol
    September 10, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

    Nate Soroko

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  45. Eric Mayes
    September 10, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

    Where the fuck is Tasty McDole?!?

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  46. Mike Brown
    September 10, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

    Ferguson supports

    Don’t drink beer

    #handsupdontshoot

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  47. jesse evans
    September 10, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

    My bro. Duh. Samuel Evans. Ale Syndicate 4 lyfe

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  48. Clay MFN Harding
    September 10, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    Big Nate Soroko!!!!
    Wait I’m not on this list:(

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  49. Amy June
    September 10, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    Nate!!!

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  50. Hayden
    September 10, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    What about beer blogger Adam Jackson?

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  51. Michigan
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

    I nominate Dany Prignon of Fantôme, 3 times!!!

    Put him on the list

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  52. Troll
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Any troll that has been banned from BeerAdvocate…

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  53. Mike
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    I agree with everyone nominating the Don’t Drink Beer guy. Love those vedeo revues.

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  54. Mikey D
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    Brandon Jones – Yazoo Brewing & Embrace The Funk

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  55. Captain Fantasy
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    Ray Dobens – Fluid Transfer Specialist at Oskar Blues in Breverd, NC

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  56. Tawd Alstrom
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    The question is who is the “biggest” craft beer celebrity. How can it not be my hefty wife Candice?

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  57. dan
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    Don’t drink beer is my hero.

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  58. mattafett
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    Dontdrinkbeer – a glaring omission.

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  59. Manatee
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    List punches ol’ DDB right in the feels

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  60. dontdrinkbeer
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

    I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!!!

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  61. BiggestFan
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    DontDrinkBeer is the REAL DEAL.

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  62. TomL
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    but seriously, how is DontDrinkBeer not on the list?

    #voteforDDB

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  63. SR Beer
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    Dont Drink Beer should be on there.

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  64. RIcky
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    Gene (founder of TalkBeer.com)

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  65. Erasmus B. Dragon
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    DONT DRINK BEER

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  66. Ryan
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

    What happened to Subpoena Dueces?

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  67. Pumpkin Boy
    September 10, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

    Where is Don’t Drink Beer??! DDB 4evr

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  68. Jack
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

    Don’t Drink Beer is the name of the game, bringin in them gainz

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  69. Luis Diego Alvarado
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    must be dont drink beer

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  70. Neck Beard
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    Don’t Drink Beer. Name another person mixing whales and baconators. You can’t.

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  71. Luis Diego Alvarado
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    DONT DRINK BEER

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  72. Luis Diego Alvarado
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    DON’T DRINK BEER

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  73. Rick Brown
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

    Geoff Stober of Fat Head’s

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  74. Eric Hammond
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    I nominate dontdrinkbeer aka SubpoenaDeuces aka roobey tones.

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  75. Matt
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    I nominate Don’t Drink Beer to get him on this sweet motherfucken list!

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  76. Tim O thee
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    Don’t Drink Beer?? Where are you!! Add it!

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  77. Luke
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

    Don’t Drink Beer for sure.

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  78. Ding
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

    DDB

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  79. Drgarage
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    DDB

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  80. Sean
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    THERE’S A SUPER RARRRR NOMINEE THAT HAS BEEN CLEARLY OMITTED. PLEASE RECTIFY THIS SITUATION ASAP AND GET THE MADDOX OF BEER ON THE LIST. AND REMEMBER, DON’T DRINK BEER!

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  81. Chris
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    Subpoena Deuces aka DontDrinkBeer.com

    He practically invented the CondoLambic style and his one off creations push the limits of “craft” beer.

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  82. JulianB
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    Don’t Drink Beer should be a nominee.

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  83. Todd Ahlstrom
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    I nominate Don’t Drink Beer.

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  84. Saison Lion
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    DONT DRINK BEER is not on this list? WTF

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  85. Team Radler
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    Team Radler nominates Jeremy Danner!

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  86. Dustin
    September 10, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    My vote is for Matt Brynildson

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  87. The Goat
    September 10, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

    Give us the Danner!

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  88. Champs
    September 10, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    A few of these I’ve not even heard of. Tony Magee, he’s just a little bit out there…

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  89. Tiny Roomate
    September 10, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    How is ambassador brewer of the land Jeremy Danner not on this list?

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  90. matt
    September 10, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    I vote Jeremy Danner of Boulevard.

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  91. Austin Beerworks
    September 10, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Why were Chris Troutman’s votes deleted? He is a local Austin beer celebrity.

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