THE TEAM

 

Mick McNamara : Toronto West Sales Representative

What's your first memory of beer?  It was 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. What introduced you to craft beer?  Just before I left Ireland to come to Canada, I started drinking German wheat beers (Weihenstephaner, Paulaner et al) and this was a spiritual awakening for me.  Prior to that I was just shotgunning Carlsberg and Heineken with less than satisfying results (blackouts!).  Appreciating the flavours in beer was a novel experience which showed me that drinking beer to get drunk (aka Irish culture) was not the only route to take.  I could take it a step further and say that meeting my wife Sophi introduced me to craft beer, as there was no scene in Ireland back in 2006 when I came across the Atlantic to stalk her.  When I came to Canada and a whole new world of flavours opened up for me.   I never looked back. Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery?  There are actually so many that this was a difficult one for me!  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.  Or the first time I went on the road with my manager Chris, with such a bad hangover that I don't know how I made it through the day.  But the winner has to be the 2016 Christmas party up at the brewery.  It started out as a costume-themed murder mystery, and everyone was a good sport in taking part.  Of course being a brewery, there was no shortage of beer and by the time the culprit was being revealed everyone was pretty...umm...MERRY, and nobody even cared anymore.  What happened next changed our lives forever, as the dancefloor opened up and the most kicking-est dance party ever broke out!!  I'm talking dance-offs, tunnel of dance, attempted break-dancing, group hug dancing, sales team can-can lines and so much more.  Well worth the day that followed it! What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now?  I was in public accounting for almost 9 years before I saved myself.  I was quite depressed with my job and craft beer was my outlet and a major reason I didn't top myself!  After all the pain I endured to get my CPA designation, once I got it I decided I didn't want to do it for the rest of my working life.  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 run by Roger Mittag, where I learned most of what I know about beer today.  This is what I credit most for giving me the platform I needed to make the decision to change my life for the better.  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! What's your 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.  One is dry-hopping or putting hops into the beer while it is maturing.  The other is the use of Brettanomyces also during maturation.  Brett as it's known lends a knife like dryness to a beer and also some interesting funky flavours and aromas. If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be with you? Why?  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!!  Tell us something about yourself!  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.  When doing sales calls I will often drop a reference in order to see if I can find some common ground with the person.  Of course if they don't pick up on it I walk out of there immediately haha!! 

What's your first memory of beer? 

It was 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.

What introduced you to craft beer? 

Just before I left Ireland to come to Canada, I started drinking German wheat beers (Weihenstephaner, Paulaner et al) and this was a spiritual awakening for me.  Prior to that I was just shotgunning Carlsberg and Heineken with less than satisfying results (blackouts!).  Appreciating the flavours in beer was a novel experience which showed me that drinking beer to get drunk (aka Irish culture) was not the only route to take.  I could take it a step further and say that meeting my wife Sophi introduced me to craft beer, as there was no scene in Ireland back in 2006 when I came across the Atlantic to stalk her.  When I came to Canada and a whole new world of flavours opened up for me.   I never looked back.

Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery? 

There are actually so many that this was a difficult one for me!  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.  Or the first time I went on the road with my manager Chris, with such a bad hangover that I don't know how I made it through the day.  But the winner has to be the 2016 Christmas party up at the brewery.  It started out as a costume-themed murder mystery, and everyone was a good sport in taking part.  Of course being a brewery, there was no shortage of beer and by the time the culprit was being revealed everyone was pretty...umm...MERRY, and nobody even cared anymore.  What happened next changed our lives forever, as the dancefloor opened up and the most kicking-est dance party ever broke out!!  I'm talking dance-offs, tunnel of dance, attempted break-dancing, group hug dancing, sales team can-can lines and so much more.  Well worth the day that followed it!

What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now? 

I was in public accounting for almost 9 years before I saved myself.  I was quite depressed with my job and craft beer was my outlet and a major reason I didn't top myself!  After all the pain I endured to get my CPA designation, once I got it I decided I didn't want to do it for the rest of my working life.  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 run by Roger Mittag, where I learned most of what I know about beer today.  This is what I credit most for giving me the platform I needed to make the decision to change my life for the better.  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!

What's your 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.  One is dry-hopping or putting hops into the beer while it is maturing.  The other is the use of Brettanomyces also during maturation.  Brett as it's known lends a knife like dryness to a beer and also some interesting funky flavours and aromas.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be with you? Why? 

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!! 

Tell us something about yourself! 

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.  When doing sales calls I will often drop a reference in order to see if I can find some common ground with the person.  Of course if they don't pick up on it I walk out of there immediately haha!! 


Brian Bower: Toronto East Sales Representative

What's your 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 …. What introduced you to craft beer? 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! What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now? I was a food and beverage manager/GM before making the transition into Craft Beer.  When I was looking to make a career shift the job at Collingwood Brewery made a lot of sense! What's your 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! If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be with you? why? Probably a TV so I can yell about the Jays and Leafs…. I’d totally get reception right? Tell us something about yourself!  I’ve lived in Japan, New Zealand and Whistler

What's your 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 ….

What introduced you to craft beer?

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!

What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now?

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

What's your 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!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be with you? why?

Probably a TV so I can yell about the Jays and Leafs…. I’d totally get reception right?

Tell us something about yourself! 

I’ve lived in Japan, New Zealand and Whistler

Andrew Gilpin: Inside Sales Representative

What's your first memory of beer?    During my teenage years, getting a small glass poured from the parents beer to have with dinner. What introduced you to craft beer?  I'm sure I had some craft beer in university, but I really got into it when my friend got me onto Untappd, and then it just became a very expensive pissing match. Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery?  Art's pre-Mens day TSC party was pretty great... obviously Christmas party rocked. What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now?  Financial Planner with TD Wealth. I was just done with banking as a whole...nothing against the company or anything but I knew I didn't want to be in it forever, so I figured I might as well make a change to something I was interested in before my hair went too grey. What's your favourite beer?  This is literally an impossible question to answer. I like so many different beers for different occasions.  It all depends on my mood/what I'm eating that I can't pick just one. If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be with you? Why?  Water and food would be with me, so I don't die. Tell us something about yourself!  I used to teach piano lessons, and was also a lifeguard.

What's your first memory of beer?   

During my teenage years, getting a small glass poured from the parents beer to have with dinner.

What introduced you to craft beer? 

I'm sure I had some craft beer in university, but I really got into it when my friend got me onto Untappd, and then it just became a very expensive pissing match.

Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery? 

Art's pre-Mens day TSC party was pretty great... obviously Christmas party rocked.

What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now? 

Financial Planner with TD Wealth. I was just done with banking as a whole...nothing against the company or anything but I knew I didn't want to be in it forever, so I figured I might as well make a change to something I was interested in before my hair went too grey.

What's your favourite beer? 

This is literally an impossible question to answer. I like so many different beers for different occasions.  It all depends on my mood/what I'm eating that I can't pick just one.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be with you? Why? 

Water and food would be with me, so I don't die.

Tell us something about yourself! 

I used to teach piano lessons, and was also a lifeguard.


Kyle Weston: Northern Sales Representative

What's your 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. What introduced you to craft beer? During the summer, anytime 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? Being as I have only been with the brewery for less than a month I will have to say being hired haha. Having the opportunity to play in the Copper Kettle Cup was a blast as well! What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now?  I was in the Financial Services industry.  I joined the Collingwood Brewery and craft beer world 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 now grabbing a basket to sample a bunch of funky crafts. Long story short, the industry is growing and who wouldn’t want to join a growing industry….?? What's your favourite beer? Molso…..just kidding.  I love the Rockwell Pilsner for the fact that as a golfer I need to stay hydrated but don’t want something super heavy because the name of the game is beer consumption, it’s the perfect combo to go pin seeking with.   If you were stranded on a dessert island, what would be with you? Why?  Well if I was stranded on a dessert island, I would probably want it to be a white chocolate crème brulee island. If we are talking about a deserted island, I would ideally have: a few golf clubs/ golf balls (pass the time and work on my swing), the count of monte cristo by alexander 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) Tell us something about yourself!  I am half Trinidadian.

What's your 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.

What introduced you to craft beer?

During the summer, anytime 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?

Being as I have only been with the brewery for less than a month I will have to say being hired haha. Having the opportunity to play in the Copper Kettle Cup was a blast as well!

What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now? 

I was in the Financial Services industry.  I joined the Collingwood Brewery and craft beer world 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 now grabbing a basket to sample a bunch of funky crafts. Long story short, the industry is growing and who wouldn’t want to join a growing industry….??

What's your favourite beer?

Molso…..just kidding.  I love the Rockwell Pilsner for the fact that as a golfer I need to stay hydrated but don’t want something super heavy because the name of the game is beer consumption, it’s the perfect combo to go pin seeking with.  

If you were stranded on a dessert island, what would be with you? Why? 

Well if I was stranded on a dessert island, I would probably want it to be a white chocolate crème brulee island.

If we are talking about a deserted island, I would ideally have: a few golf clubs/ golf balls (pass the time and work on my swing), the count of monte cristo by alexander 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)

Tell us something about yourself! 

I am half Trinidadian.


James McIntosh: Brewer

What's your first memory of beer? Getting a sip of my grandfathers Becks when a was a wee lad. What introduced you to craft beer? Creemore Springs.  My grandfather was in the brewing business and when Creemore opened he took me on a tour there. Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery? Participating with the Brewery during the Collingwood Beer Run... it introduced me to the team and it was a great day to drink beer and be merry. What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now?  I was in the electrical generation business, the financial sector and then got into the food business; farming, wine, cider and now beer.  Let's be honest, producing and selling food is really the only business that makes people happy. What's your favourite beer? It was a kristall weizen I had in Heidelberg Germany.  I can't remember the name of it or who made it but it was a super clean high alcohol wheat beer.  I had two for lunch... wooooo what a great afternoon. If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be with you? Why?  A copy of the book How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman.  I'd have it for motivational purposes.  By the time rescue arrives there'd be a small city with Hydro and plumbing on the island. Tell us something about yourself!  I deal with stress through humour, so when I'm at my funniest I'm also feeling the pressure of whatever tasks I have that might be weighing me down.

What's your first memory of beer?

Getting a sip of my grandfathers Becks when a was a wee lad.

What introduced you to craft beer?

Creemore Springs.  My grandfather was in the brewing business and when Creemore opened he took me on a tour there.

Favourite memory at The Collingwood Brewery?

Participating with the Brewery during the Collingwood Beer Run... it introduced me to the team and it was a great day to drink beer and be merry.

What industry were you in before? Why the craft beer world now? 

I was in the electrical generation business, the financial sector and then got into the food business; farming, wine, cider and now beer.  Let's be honest, producing and selling food is really the only business that makes people happy.

What's your favourite beer?

It was a kristall weizen I had in Heidelberg Germany.  I can't remember the name of it or who made it but it was a super clean high alcohol wheat beer.  I had two for lunch... wooooo what a great afternoon.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would be with you? Why? 

A copy of the book How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman.  I'd have it for motivational purposes.  By the time rescue arrives there'd be a small city with Hydro and plumbing on the island.

Tell us something about yourself! 

I deal with stress through humour, so when I'm at my funniest I'm also feeling the pressure of whatever tasks I have that might be weighing me down.