THE TEAM

 

Mick McNamara : Toronto West Sales Representative

First memory of beer:  Drinking Budweiser from the bottle in a field in suburban Dublin. We were pretty big on the cider at the time but someone brought some beer one day. It was one of the worst things I ever tasted. I was 14 years old.   How I came to craft:  Just before I left Ireland to come to Canada, I started drinking German wheat beers and this was a spiritual awakening for me. Prior to that I was just shotgunning Carlsberg and Heineken with less than satisfying results (blackouts!). Meeting my wife Sophi introduced me to craft beer, as when I came across the Atlantic to stalk her a whole new world of flavours opened up for me. I never looked back.   Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery:  There are so many! There was the sales meeting that took place at the top of Blue Mountain with ice cold Downhill Pale Ales and Fireball, followed by a day of falling over, as I can't snowboard. But the winner has to be the 2016 Christmas party up at the brewery. What started out as a costume-themed murder mystery turned into the most kicking-est dance party ever!! I'm talking dance-offs, tunnel of dance, attempted break-dancing, group hug dancing, sales team can-can lines and so much more.   How I got here:  I was in public accounting for almost 9 years before I saved myself. I started getting involved in the industry by blogging (reviewing beers and breweries). That was a good foot in the door in getting to know some people. I also enrolled in the Prud'homme beer sommelier program, where I learned most of what I know about beer today. After completing the program, I still had the hunger to learn more so I took the Certified Cicerone® exam which gave me a more in-depth understanding of ingredients and the brewing process. I also have to give my wife Sophi credit for pushing me to apply for the Collingwood job, she pretty much forced me into it!   Favourite beer:  A trappist ale from Belgium by the name of Orval. It is a Belgian Pale Ale of sorts, and it has huge complexity due to the use of 2 brewing techniques.   What I want with me on my desert island:  If we're talking people, it would have to be my girls Sophi and Nyla. They can bring home the bacon AND fry it up too! If I must be alone, I would request a case of Orval and a harmonica. I might actually then have time to learn how to play it!!   About me:  I only started watching Seinfeld when I came to Canada, and now I watch at least a couple of episodes a night. I am close to completing my fifth tour of duty aka all 180 episodes back-to-back.

First memory of beer: Drinking Budweiser from the bottle in a field in suburban Dublin. We were pretty big on the cider at the time but someone brought some beer one day. It was one of the worst things I ever tasted. I was 14 years old.

How I came to craft: Just before I left Ireland to come to Canada, I started drinking German wheat beers and this was a spiritual awakening for me. Prior to that I was just shotgunning Carlsberg and Heineken with less than satisfying results (blackouts!). Meeting my wife Sophi introduced me to craft beer, as when I came across the Atlantic to stalk her a whole new world of flavours opened up for me. I never looked back.

Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery: There are so many! There was the sales meeting that took place at the top of Blue Mountain with ice cold Downhill Pale Ales and Fireball, followed by a day of falling over, as I can't snowboard. But the winner has to be the 2016 Christmas party up at the brewery. What started out as a costume-themed murder mystery turned into the most kicking-est dance party ever!! I'm talking dance-offs, tunnel of dance, attempted break-dancing, group hug dancing, sales team can-can lines and so much more.

How I got here: I was in public accounting for almost 9 years before I saved myself. I started getting involved in the industry by blogging (reviewing beers and breweries). That was a good foot in the door in getting to know some people. I also enrolled in the Prud'homme beer sommelier program, where I learned most of what I know about beer today. After completing the program, I still had the hunger to learn more so I took the Certified Cicerone® exam which gave me a more in-depth understanding of ingredients and the brewing process. I also have to give my wife Sophi credit for pushing me to apply for the Collingwood job, she pretty much forced me into it!

Favourite beer: A trappist ale from Belgium by the name of Orval. It is a Belgian Pale Ale of sorts, and it has huge complexity due to the use of 2 brewing techniques.

What I want with me on my desert island: If we're talking people, it would have to be my girls Sophi and Nyla. They can bring home the bacon AND fry it up too! If I must be alone, I would request a case of Orval and a harmonica. I might actually then have time to learn how to play it!!

About me: I only started watching Seinfeld when I came to Canada, and now I watch at least a couple of episodes a night. I am close to completing my fifth tour of duty aka all 180 episodes back-to-back.


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 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.