THE TEAM

 

Pat O’Connor: Southwestern Ontario Sales Representative

First memory of beer: It was back in high school during my parents’ end of summer cottage party. I snuck a few beers from the cooler and headed to the forest behind our cottage. This was my first-ever beer. It was a delicious golden lager brewed in the high mountains of Colorado. It was crisp, light and refreshing, or so I was told. I was too anxious sipping away out of sight of my parents’ party to fully appreciate it, though.  How I came to craft: I was rafting with a rafting guide buddy on the Ottawa River and he introduced me to Beau's Lug Tread. At the time craft/local beer was new to me and I thought it was cool concept, drinking something that's brewed close to home. I became hooked when my idiot cousin started opening my eyes to the world of craft beer and all the different styles available.  Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery: I don't know if this one is my favourite but it's the one that is burned into my memory. At my first Christmas party with the brewery watching our stunning Toronto West Sales Rep Mick strutting around in his elf costume and getting the dance party started. Those tights he borrowed from his wife will never be the same again!  How I got here: I spent several years working for various outdoor education centres throughout Ontario. Most recently I worked at an outdoor education school in Niagara. Since I had July & August off I began working summer beer festivals for The Collingwood Brewery and things morphed into a role as a Sales Rep.  Favourite beer: My favourite beer from The Collingwood Brewery would be the Kingpost ESB. My all-time favourite though would be Guinness.  What I want with me on my desert island:Boy Scouts taught me to always be prepared, so I would never become stranded on a desert island.  About me: I've competed in four World Championships in two different sports.

First memory of beer: It was back in high school during my parents’ end of summer cottage party. I snuck a few beers from the cooler and headed to the forest behind our cottage. This was my first-ever beer. It was a delicious golden lager brewed in the high mountains of Colorado. It was crisp, light and refreshing, or so I was told. I was too anxious sipping away out of sight of my parents’ party to fully appreciate it, though.

How I came to craft: I was rafting with a rafting guide buddy on the Ottawa River and he introduced me to Beau's Lug Tread. At the time craft/local beer was new to me and I thought it was cool concept, drinking something that's brewed close to home. I became hooked when my idiot cousin started opening my eyes to the world of craft beer and all the different styles available.

Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery: I don't know if this one is my favourite but it's the one that is burned into my memory. At my first Christmas party with the brewery watching our stunning Toronto West Sales Rep Mick strutting around in his elf costume and getting the dance party started. Those tights he borrowed from his wife will never be the same again!

How I got here: I spent several years working for various outdoor education centres throughout Ontario. Most recently I worked at an outdoor education school in Niagara. Since I had July & August off I began working summer beer festivals for The Collingwood Brewery and things morphed into a role as a Sales Rep.

Favourite beer: My favourite beer from The Collingwood Brewery would be the Kingpost ESB. My all-time favourite though would be Guinness.

What I want with me on my desert island:Boy Scouts taught me to always be prepared, so I would never become stranded on a desert island.

About me: I've competed in four World Championships in two different sports.

Kyle Weston: Northern Sales Representative

First memory of beer:  I think it was peewee hockey… we were in a tournament and we snuck some of our parents’ beers outside. Degenerates were formed.   How I came to craft:  During the summer, any time I would head up North for the weekend it was a staple to stop at two spots: Webers and Muskoka Brewery. They have some fantastic summer brews that taste great on a boat…I mean a dock….   Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery:  Having the opportunity to play in the Copper Kettle Cup was a blast!   How I got here:  I was in the financial services industry and I joined the Collingwood Brewery because I love how the culture of beer is shifting from walking into the LCBO and grabbing 3 tall boy packs of Coors Lights to walking in and grabbing a basket to sample a bunch of funky crafts. The industry is growing and who wouldn’t want to join a growing industry….??   Favourite beer:  I love the Rockwell Pilsner. As a golfer I need to stay hydrated, but don’t want something super heavy because the name of the game is beer consumption.   What I want with me on my desert island:  I would ideally have a golf set, the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (amazing novel, and huge so I wouldn’t get bored quick), and maybe a firearm or crossbow (in case I come across anyone else on the island and they have something I want, or I come across a wild animal).   About me:  I am half Trinidadian.

First memory of beer: I think it was peewee hockey… we were in a tournament and we snuck some of our parents’ beers outside. Degenerates were formed.

How I came to craft: During the summer, any time I would head up North for the weekend it was a staple to stop at two spots: Webers and Muskoka Brewery. They have some fantastic summer brews that taste great on a boat…I mean a dock….

Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery: Having the opportunity to play in the Copper Kettle Cup was a blast!

How I got here: I was in the financial services industry and I joined the Collingwood Brewery because I love how the culture of beer is shifting from walking into the LCBO and grabbing 3 tall boy packs of Coors Lights to walking in and grabbing a basket to sample a bunch of funky crafts. The industry is growing and who wouldn’t want to join a growing industry….??

Favourite beer: I love the Rockwell Pilsner. As a golfer I need to stay hydrated, but don’t want something super heavy because the name of the game is beer consumption.

What I want with me on my desert island: I would ideally have a golf set, the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (amazing novel, and huge so I wouldn’t get bored quick), and maybe a firearm or crossbow (in case I come across anyone else on the island and they have something I want, or I come across a wild animal).

About me: I am half Trinidadian.

Brian Bower: Toronto & Ontario East Sales Representative

First memory of beer:  Drinking Labatt Blue watching the Leafs play the Sens in the playoffs in high school. We were seed 7 and they were 2 and we won the first game and swept the series…. I was totally of legal drinking age ….   How I came to craft:  Working in the hospitality industry and getting to try all kinds of different beers.   Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery:  Working the tent at the Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest, having a blast yelling about “FULL PILSNERS!”   How I got here:  I was a food and beverage manager/GM before making the transition to Craft Beer. When I was looking to make a career shift, the job at Collingwood Brewery made a lot of sense!   Favourite beer:  This changes on a daily basis…. I always grab a pint of La Chouffe when I see it on tap. Our 3-Point Saison is pretty ridiculous as well!   What I want with me on my desert island:  Probably a TV so I can yell about the Jays and Leafs…. I’d totally get reception, right?   About me:  I’ve lived in Japan, New Zealand and Whistler.

First memory of beer: Drinking Labatt Blue watching the Leafs play the Sens in the playoffs in high school. We were seed 7 and they were 2 and we won the first game and swept the series…. I was totally of legal drinking age ….

How I came to craft: Working in the hospitality industry and getting to try all kinds of different beers.

Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery: Working the tent at the Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest, having a blast yelling about “FULL PILSNERS!”

How I got here: I was a food and beverage manager/GM before making the transition to Craft Beer. When I was looking to make a career shift, the job at Collingwood Brewery made a lot of sense!

Favourite beer: This changes on a daily basis…. I always grab a pint of La Chouffe when I see it on tap. Our 3-Point Saison is pretty ridiculous as well!

What I want with me on my desert island: Probably a TV so I can yell about the Jays and Leafs…. I’d totally get reception, right?

About me: I’ve lived in Japan, New Zealand and Whistler.