This is our chance to get to know someone better who is working in the craft beer industry in Western Canada.
1. Who are you?
Hello! I’m Alex (he/him), a queer beer-loving nerd! I grew up in Victoria but moved to Vancouver 8 years ago, and couldn’t imagine moving away from the west coast. If I’m not making beer (either at work or homebrewing), you’ll usually catch me drinking a pint or 3 while playing D&D or Rock Band! (Yes, the video game with the plastic instruments. Yes, I DO know how cool I am.)
2. What do you do?
I just graduated from the KPU Brewing and Brewery Operations program (with a scholarship from DIB!!), and for the past year I have worked at Mariner Brewing as a production assistant! For the previous 13 years I was a movie theatre manager, but decided to do a complete career change and go to school for something I was way more passionate about, making beer!! I love working at Mariner because the small team means that I have my hands in every process on the production side. Never a dull day!!
3. What is your biggest pet peeve about the industry?
I feel like IPAs get way too much attention, I want to see more craft stouts!! (please)
4. What do you love most about working in the industry?
I love that the beer brewing process is so science based. Even though beer itself has been made for thousands of years, there is a greater understanding of the process now than ever before. More knowledge means more advancements, which means new methods, new yeasts, new malt, new beer! I love the thought that I am working in an industry that I can keep learning (and drinking) new things.
5. What is your favourite beer right now?
Well my fridge is currently stocked with Mariner’s new Mango Passionfruit Sour, which I highly recommend, but for a non-work beer I have a huge soft spot for anything nitro at Bakery! (Currently their Irish Red and Espresso Breakfast Stout, yum.)
6. What local charity should we be paying attention to?
I think Saige Community Food Bank is always doing amazing work. The East Van food bank provides a no barrier safe space for transgender, gender non-conforming or queer individuals with access to healthy foods. They are even doing some online community events due to covid. Check them out!
Follow Alex on Instagram @redbicyclefish