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Jim Scussel

Four Peaks Brewing Company
Co-Founder
Jim Scussel is the founding partner of Arizona’s largest brewery, which produces and distributes beer around Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Texas and Hawaii. Four Peaks Brewing Company also runs two restaurants that serves eclectic brewpub-style food.
Jim was born in Phoenix, moved to Los Angeles and finally settling in Rochester, Minnesota when he was young. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and International Relations in 1989. Jim lived in Sevilla, Spain his junior year studied International Business and traveled throughout Europe. After graduation, Jim moved to New York and then to Colorado where he worked at Merrill Lynch in the Accounting and Securities Division for a year.
In 1990 Mr. Scussel moved to warmer climates and settled in Tempe, Arizona. He landed a job working on his brother-in-law’s produce and cotton farm in Coolidge and also ran the produce packing warehouse in Phoenix. This was Jim’s first taste of entrepreneurship and he cherished the idea of working for himself.
However, Jim’s love for higher education prevailed and he went to graduate school at Arizona State University in the School of Public Affairs. He obtained a Masters of Public Administration, MPA, with an emphasis on Environmental Affairs in 1994. During his studies he received a Governor’s Internship with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in the Highways Division’s Office of Management and Budget. At ADOT Jim worked on budgets, incentive programs for the maintenance teams, personnel issues such as grievances and legislative bills that dealt with transportation.
Four Peaks Brewing Company became a reality in December 1996 and is located in the Old Borden’s Creamery building on 8th Street in Tempe. They raised the necessary capital for the brewery by importing stainless steel beer tanks from England, retrofitting them, and selling the small tanks to fledgling breweries across the country. The kitchen opened a year later and is now one of the busiest and most successful restaurants in the Valley.
Jim has been very busy growing Four Peaks to be Arizona’s largest brewery and one of the country’s most recognized with many national and international awards. In 2003, Jim and his partners opened a satellite restaurant in North Scottsdale called Four Peaks Grill and Tap. They ship Four Peaks beer from the brewery in Tempe and the restaurant serves the same menu as the Tempe location. They also opened a larger brewing facility with a tasting room in Tempe in order to keep up with demand in 2012. The latest project is a Four Peaks restaurant at Sky Harbor Airport in Terminal 4 which opened in October 2013.
On March 1, 2016 Anheuser Busch purchased Four Peaks Brewing Company in order to grow the brewery to a national brand, namely, Kilt Lifter and Hop Knot. Jim manages the Sales and Marketing areas of Four Peaks and will not rest until they sell their beers in all 50 states and internationally. They now have the resources and distribution channels to achieve this goal by 2019.
Jim has served on the Board of Directors for the Tempe Chamber of Commerce from 2007-2010. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit charity, Melonhead, which assists families with children who have cancer by providing day to day funds. He also serves on the Board of the Diamondbacks Foundation which has donated over $37 million to date to local AZ charities. Jim also is on the Board of Directors for Mexican Moonshine Tequila, Roger Clyne’s own tequila from Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, formerly, The Refreshments which is sold in 20 states nationwide. In November 2017, Jim was inducted as an Honorary Commander of the 161st Refueling Wind Team of the Goldwater Air National Guard Base located at Sky Harbor Airport. He will volunteer his time for 2 years with the Phoenix Air National Guard to promote the vital services they provide to the state of Arizona and the country.
Jim and his partners formed a 501(C)3 nonprofit foundation for Four Peaks Brewing so that they can donate to a multitude of local AZ charities rather than just a few. In the past 17 years, Four Peaks has donated to nonprofits and charities such as TCAA, The ARC of Tempe, Phoenix Childrens Hospital, ALS Association, Melonhead, Make A Wish Foundation, school supplies for teachers, Tempe Leadership, Frank Kush Foundation, Yarnell Firefighters Fund, St. Vincent De Paul, and Operation Santa Claus.
Jim and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Lauryn, 15, who attends high school at Seton College Prep and Olivia, 12, who attends Summit School of Ahwatukee and they live South Tempe.