What's your day job?
I'm the leader for a Food and Beverage Solutions Division of a premier Canadian Valve, Instrumentation, and Automation Provider.
What or who got you into homebrewing? When was it?
I have been working side by side with Brewers for 20 years now.
Initially, it was as a Sanitary Fitter/Welder building and installing process equipment in our families business. I was always amazed by the interest Brewers showed in the details of my trade, so I sought out some educational opportunities to reciprocate the interest my friends had shown me. That lead me to become a Certified BJCP, Prud’Homme Sommelier, and MBAA Beer Steward courses.
At one of these courses, I met someone who what opening a Homebrew Shop with her husband and the company I was with at the time had a Sabco Brew Magic unopened, collecting dust in the warehouse. It was a perfect storm. I was able to support my friends and put my education to the test. When was it? Around five years ago.
Can you tell us an interesting story about homebrewing?
I love it when my kids help out, but they are still a little too young to really hold their attention with it. We call it “Doing the science”, and the Wee Man’s favorite part is talking about the process when we whip up our starters.
What can I say? My stir plates bring all the kids to the yard ;)
It’s to the point where one of my favorite pics of my son was texted to me directly by his kindergarten teacher of him holding up a sign that says “Beer Maker” and the question was “what do you want to be when you grow up?”.
She was impressed with his knowledge of the process and sent some smiley face emojis with it.
The Wee Lass is far too young to get it, but she likes to squidgy the floors for us.
How is brewing a social thing for you? Do you like brewing with others?
I am a very social brewer, but I know that’s not for everyone. I drive past two homebrew shops to get to my friends (@shortfinger)because the vibe is so good and I enjoy catching up and chatting about all our recent misadventures. I’ve also introduced at least a few friends to Homebrewing and regularly invite friends and family to make a day of it with us.
We plan brew days to happen at BBQs we’ll host, bolt it on to big events like the Toronto Raptors Championship NBA run last year. Or the very well attended Brew-Jiu-Jitsu event that I hosted for a bunch of adults from our Dojo (@milton_jiujitsu) that culminated with a big UFC event we all watched together after the brew.
Do you like brewing with others? Very much so. Yes. We have built the Garage-Ma-Hall to be as close to the perfect brew space as possible to entertain kids and adults alike. COVID has made it more challenging, but tools like FB Messenger can scratch that itch for my Brew Pals.