BREWMASTER, VILLAGE BREWERY
"I'm a home-grown Calgarian, and I love applying the art and science of fermentation to the bounty of the land to quench the thirst of this city.
I would pick E.P. Taylor, founder of Canadian Breweries Limited. He acquired and conglomerated over 30 Canadian breweries in the 30's and 40's in order to boost economies of scale for much higher profit margins. I would like to have a conversation about what the implications would have been over the next 80 years, and the impact that it would have on beer, beer styles, creativity, local economies and farmers. I would like to center the conversation around how the business decisions that were made then took the life out of a dynamic food item with a rich history and turned it into a basic commodity, and discuss the impact that has had on all those who came after."