Learning Never Tasted So Good! Expand your palate and learn about the brewing process, the craft beer industry and so much more from the beer makers themselves! Samples are provided with each seminar.

The education seminars will be held directly across from Local 204 Restaurant Kiosk in a seating area set up in the south end of the concourse between Tim Horton’s and the Local 204 Restaurant Kiosk.

Friday, June 9th Evening Tasting
Surly Brewing Co 7:45-8:15pm
Innis & Gunn 8:30-9:00pm


Saturday, June 10th Matinee Tasting
Mill Street 1:30-2:00pm
Great Western Brewing 2:15-2:45pm
Granville Island Brewing 3:00-3:30pm


Saturday, June 10th Evening Tasting
Beau’s All Natural Brewing 7:45-8:15pm
Postmark Brewing 8:30-9:00pm

MB Introductions to Surly Brewing Co.
June 9th, 7:45-8:15pm

Bill Dillon – Sales Director, Surly Brewing Co
Bill Dillon has been in the beverage industry for 24 years working for Anheuser-Busch, Constellation (Modelo), Pepsi and ran one of the largest alcohol beverage distributors in the state of Oklahoma. Today Bill is the National Director of Sales for one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the United States, Surly Brewing Company located in Minneapolis, MN. Originally from Cocoa Beach Florida, Bill has seen more snow in the past four years while living in Minnesota than he has seen in his entire life.

Sample Surly Brewing Hell, Furious, and Todd the Axe Man.

Innis & Gunn, All About Hops!
June 9th, 8:30-9:00pm

Robin Gregory – Business Development Manager/Brand Ambassador for Canada. I’m a Prud’homme certified Beer Sommelier. I was raised in London Ontario and lived abroad in Sweden to travel Europe for a year. I studied Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University and hold a degree in Financial Economics from the University of Western Ontario. I gained my passion for the beer industry through previous work experience for Mill St. Brewery, Inbev, and of course Innis & Gunn.

We’ll sample Innis & Gunn’s new IPA and forthcoming Session IPA which will be exclusive for this seminar and not the festival. With the launch of these two new hop forward brews, the seminar will delve into everything hops. What exactly are hops, what they add to beer, the IPA style and history, hop varietals, new style trends, etc. and physical interaction with hops (full leaf, pelletized, extracts).

Robin Gregory – Business Development Manager/Brand Ambassador for Canada, Innis & Gunn

Mill Street Brewery, Beerducation 101
June 10th, 1:30-2:00pm

Tom Harty is currently the Reginal Brand Development Manager for Mill Street Brewery. In a career that spans over almost 20 years, from the late nights closing kitchens, creating cocktail menus and eventually leading to his Sommelier training. It was Tom’ s time on the West Coast that ignited his passion for the 4 simple ingredients we find in beer. As the Craft beer movement continues to grow nation wide, Tom continues to pursue his Cicerone training and looks to use his skills to bring a unique and informative beer experience to the ever-expanding beer market.

Sample Mill Street Original Organic, Tankhouse Ale and the Cobblestone Stout. In this event we will review the differences between Lagers, Ales and Stouts followed by a demonstration on how to pour the perfect stout.

Tom Harty – Reginal Brand Development Manager, Mill Street Brewery

Great Western Brewing, Maturation – an overview of the benefits and the process of double aging
June 10th, 2:15-2:45pm

Amanda Butt – Head Brewer, Great Western Brewing
Amanda was born and raised in Newfoundland, where she attended university and attained a Bachelor’s of Biochemistry. Amanda then traveled to Scotland to work on her Masters of Science in Brewing and Distilling from the renowned Heriot-Watt University. Upon completion she returned to Canada to work with Labatt (A-B Inbev). While there she held many different positions, primarily in brewing. Her focus was on recipe matching between breweries as well as upgrading equipment and processes in several facilities. Amanda joined Great Western in February of 2017, coming over from the Boston Beer Company in Boston, Massachusetts where she was the Manager of Brewing and where she quarterbacked the R&D brewing operations, launching over 20 new beers in 2 years.

When looking at how a beer matures over time what positive impacts can further aging have on flavor and stability of a beer and is there an optimal age? We will talk about what does double or extra aged means to us and how we measure it’s success.

Sample Original 16 Pale, Copper and Wheat.

Granville Island Brewing, Cheese + Beer = Cheers!
June 10th, 3:00-3:30pm

Tina Wolfe has nearly two decades’ experience in the industry working with numerous breweries and learning from brew masters across Canada. As a Certified Cicerone® she shares a real passion for beer, food and education. An avid traveler, Tina often plans vacations around beer-centric cities such as San Diego, Portland, and Munich (for Oktoberfest, of course).

Cheese + Beer = Cheers! Did you know that beer is essentially a “liquid” cracker? Join Granville Island Brewing to explore the details of crafting different beer styles, and learn how to create the ideal cheese pairing. Beer and cheese samples will be enjoyed during the session.

Tina Wolfe – Channel Marketing Manager/Certified Cicerone®, Six Pints Specialty Brewing Company

Beau’s All Natural Brewing – History of Brewing Gruit Ales, an Ancient Beer Style
June 10th, 7:45-8:15pm

Steve Beauchesne is the CEO and co-founder of Beau’s Brewing Company, a family run, employee owned independent Canadian craft brewery. Since its start-up in 2006, Beau’s has won more than 100 national and international awards for beer-making, marketing and packaging design, sustainability and business practices, and has raised more than $1 million for charity, community and independent arts. Steve certified Beau’s Brewing Co. as Canada’s first-ever B-Corp brewery, founded February 1 as International Gruit Day and successfully lobbied to have some of Canada’s old beer laws changed to recognize the rights of craft brewers. Steve is Vice Chair of the Ontario Craft Brewers Association, and a frequent presenter at craft brewing, culinary, and sustainability seminars and events. Steve was chosen as Canada’s 2016 DesignThinker of the Year (Applied Arts Magazine), and he was in the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce “Top Forty under 40” in 2015; in 2013 Steve was recognized by the United Way with a Community Builder of the Year Award. Steve holds a B. Commerce degree from Toronto’s Ryerson University, and his kids think he’s a bit of a goofball.

Past Speaker at:

  • Brewer’s Association Craft Brewers Conference 2016, 2015, 2014
  • Canadian Brewing Awards 2015
  • Master Brewers Association of Americas Technical Conference (Toronto), 2015
  • Keynote, Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference 2015
  • Master of Ceremonies, Canadian Association of Family Enterprise Symposium 2015
  • Ontario Craft Brewers Conference 2014
  • Ottawa Eco Farm Day 2012

Steve Beauchesne – CEO/Co-founder, Beau’s Brewing Company

Postmark Brewing, Session Beers and West Coast Lifestyle
June 10th, 8:30-9:00pm

Postmark Brewing focusses on balanced sessionable beers that cater to all occasions. Brewmaster Dominic Giraldes and Co-Founder Nate Rayment will take you through the lifestyle brand, brews, and philosophy behind the now 40+ recipes brewed by Dominic.
Nate Rayment – Managing Director/ Co-Founder, Postmark Brewing
An outdoorsman at heart, Nate Rayment spent years as a Sport Fishing Guide and Sales Representative for the Queen Charlotte Lodge before getting into the craft beer industry in 2009. At the time, craft beer was a relatively new concept, and in British Columbia there were only a handful of major players. As head of sales for Howe Sound Brewing, Nate built a creative team and armed them with the right tools to establish brand awareness and product placements, also to educate the public on what craft beer was. Many have noted Nate as helping shape the image of the craft beer industry in its early days in BC. After a solid five years of successfully building the Howe Sound brand, Nate joined the team at The Settlement Building as Partner & Managing Director of Postmark Brewing. Over the last 3 years, Nate has grown Postmark Brewing through Western Canada along with other select markets.

Dominic Giraldes – Brewmaster, Postmark Brewing
Dominic attended the American Brewers Guild in Vermont back in 2007. From there he apprenticed at the world renowned Deschutes Brewery in Oregon. After returning to Canada, Dominic took a position with Taylor’s Crossing alongside Ian Hill (Strange Fellows) and Dave Varga (33 Acres). From there Dominic was head-hunted by industry Legend Gary Lohin to join him at Central City/ Red Racer Brewing. For the next six years he worked in the Central City facility and later transitioned to the new production brewery. In August of 2015 Dominic left Central City to take the Brewmaster role at Postmark. In Dominic’s time at Postmark he has brewed 36 different recipes, won a gold medal at the Candian Brewing Awards, and has established himself as a key player in the buzzing BC craft beer scene.