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OUR TEAM

NICK

BREWMASTER

Nick is an integral member on the OYB team, ensuring our brewing, recipe creation, quality control, cleaning, canning, kegging, bottling…and well, lots (and lots!) of other things are in check. When Nick isn’t busy in our brewhouse, he’s spending time with his family, getting away on camping trips, trying out new restaurants, listening to and making music, and diving into the world of science fiction.

ZACH

Operations Manager

Zach is the Operations Manager (aka the glue that holds us all together here at Old Yale). Working at brewery can be a lot of fun, but it also requires a lot of hard work behind the scenes. You will typically find Zach organizing events, staff, brew schedules, orders and shipments…and generally keeping us running like a well oiled machine. When he finally finds the time to get away from all the meetings and emails, he enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing – a true mascot of OYB!

BRITTNEY

Brand Ambassador

Meet Brittney, who joined us this past March as our Brand Ambassador. Brittney works at tasting events and farmers’ markets during the summer. She is now starting to learn the ropes with our brew team, and hopes to be a brewer one day. A real jack-of-all-trades, we appreciate all she does for Old Yale. When Brittney isn’t working, she’s staying active by working out at the gym and soaking in all that the Valley and Vancouver have to offer.

ERICKA

Customer Service Representative

Meet Ericka – our Customer Service Representative who joined the OYB team this year. You likely have had your growler filled from Ericka, or perhaps been served a tasty flight of OYB beer from her. What does she do when she’s not working in our tasting room? She loves discovering new beers at other breweries, finding good places to go for food, and spending time outdoors (Oh! And if that didn’t make her interesting enough… Ericka also loves travelling; she has lived and worked in 5 different countries!). It’s safe to say, Ericka is a pretty rad chick.

BRIAN

Assistant Brewmaster

Brian is our Assistant Brewmaster and has been with Old Yale since the very beginning, 1999. With that much experience, Brian has become our trusted “Jack of all trades.” From brewing, to filtering, to running the packaging lines; it’s guaranteed that Brian has played a part in every bottle, keg and can of Old Yale Beer that leaves our warehouse! When Brian isn’t hard at work, you can find him playing with radio controlled electric airplanes, working out and walking Rotary Trail in Chilliwack.

DALE

Route Sales Representative

Dale is an integral member of the OYB team. He’s our Route Sales Representative, which is a fancy way of saying “Superman”. Dale spends most of his days on the road, delivering our beer to our valued partners. Without Dale, there would be no beer on tap, liquor store shelves would be empty, and the world would be a lot more depressing. When Dale isn’t on the road, you can typically find him singing karaoke (rumour has it, he’s been touted as the songbird of his generation).

JOANNA

Tasting Room Manager

Joanna is the smiling face you see when you walk in to get your growler filled at our brewery. She does a whole bunch of other things when she isn’t helping our awesome customers out – like labelling, shipping, managing orders… the list could go on. Basically she’s the Jill of all trades at Old Yale. When Joanna isn’t ruling the world of craft beer, you can find her playing guitar, cooking, or researching anything and everything about the craft beer industry.

TASHA

Sales Representative

Meet Tasha – one of our Sales Representatives who joined the team in early 2016. How to describe Tasha in one word? Busy! She is constantly on the look-out for opportunities to get our products into the hands of beer drinkers from the Port Mann Bridge all the way up to the sunny Okanagan. From sales calls to tastings, consumer shows to deliveries – Tasha does it all. When she’s not selling beer, Tasha is a rock-star hockey mom of 3 amazing boys. Like we said; busy!

TAMARA

CUSTOMER SERVICE, TASTING ROOM

Tamara is one of the friendly faces that you see when you walk into the OYB tasting room. She makes sure OYB always has a full fridge of beer, ensures our tasting room is spick and span, and helps serve our customers alongside her tasting room teammates. When Tamara isn’t hanging out with us in the tasting room, she loves to go fishing, likes to tie fishing flies, enjoys cross stitch, and loves to hang with her kids (aka her 2 Labradors). On top of all that, she’s currently studying to becoming a first level Cicerone – go Tamara! 

KELLEN

CUSTOMER SERVICE, TASTING ROOM

Kelen is one of our tasting room team members and always ensures that customers are happy, the tasting room is spiffy and clean, the fridges are stocked and the beer is flowing. When Kelen isn’t working in our tasting room, he is busy touring all over Canada as an acoustic folk blues musician – how cool is that?!

TREVOR

SENIOR BREWER

Trevor is our Senior Brewer and is an integral member of our brewing team. He works alongside our Brewmaster to ensure the beer we produce always meets our quality standards. When Trevor isn’t working in our brewhouse, he’s hanging with his family, playing guitar, and thinking of beer puns (seriously, you should hear some of them – they’re good!). We’re stoked to have Trevor on our team – woohoo!

MIREILLE

ACCOUNTANT

Mireille is our accountant, and ensures our accounts receivable and payable are all in check. She also does payroll (thanks, Mireille!) monthly financial reporting, and many other things that involve equations and numbers…! When Mireille isn’t hard at work, she’s spending time with her 3 kids, riding motorcycles, and baking.

CLAIRE

BRAND MANAGER

Claire is our rockstar Brand Manager, who came on full time in October 2016. Whether it be product labels, billboards or our tasting room; Claire is there to make sure that we always look our best! Claire is a very seasoned traveller, most recently visiting Iceland and Croatia, but she is a fairly new “Chilliwackian.” Already, she’s been blown away by our amazing outdoor playground. Exploring the local trails with her pup Bentley, and finding a spot on the river to have a campfire and plan her next overseas adventure are just a couple of her favourites.

LAURA

TASTINGS & EVENTS COORDINATOR

Laura is our hard-working, fun loving, all around awesome Tasting & Events Coordinator. She makes sure OYB shows up its best at every event we attend, ensures we’ve got the right people in place to do tastings in liquor stores, and always keeps our brand in check and organized. When Laura isn’t ruling the world of craft beer tastings & events, she enjoys being outside (hiking, camping, chilling at the lake) and makes sure music surrounds her wherever she goes. She recently moved back to Canada after 14 years abroad (and we’re sure glad she did!). 

CHRIS

SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Chris is our Vancouver Sales Representative, and fills his work days with lots (and lots!) of sales calls. Chris also helps out at events from time to time, and ensures our beer is always delivered to his accounts on time. When Chris isn’t working, he’s playing hockey, travelling, and spending time with his son + fiancé.