With a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Joel moved to Vancouver in 2013 where he fell in love with the craft beer industry. Combining his love for science and beer, he enrolled in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s inaugural Brewing and Brewery Operations diploma program, where he graduated in 2016. Starting at Citizen Brewing Company in 2018, Joel quickly moved up through the ranks to the position of Head Brewer, where he has been happily innovating, and creating delicious new brews ever since.
What made you want to become a brewer?
“The chance to combine science with creativity, to produce unique, tantalizing beverages, which bring smiles to the masses.”
Why do you use Alberta ingredients in your brews?
“Quality and Convenience. Alberta is known for growing some of the best malting barley in the world, allowing us to use top tier ingredients to produce top tier beers. It’s also a bonus that these high-quality grains are produced so close to home. The savings in shipping cost, as well as time it takes to logistically plan out our production thanks to our proximity to the supplier, makes choosing Alberta’s high-quality barley a no brainer.”
What is your favourite Alberta ingredient to use?
“Origin Malting Amber Malt from Strathmore.”
What brew should guests be sure to try on your menu?
“Señor Citizen Dark Mexican Lager” (which won Gold at the 2021 Canadian Beer Awards Gold for North American Style Amber Lager.)
What is a favourite brewing memory?
“Attending my brewing diploma program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Sharing ideas and passion, with other similarly motivated individuals, while learning about something we all loved was a great experience.”
What do you like about being a part of the Alberta craft beer scene?
“Alberta is not yet perceived as “the” craft beer destination that cities like Vancouver, and Portland are (although we’re getting there). Like being a part of a start-up company, brewing in Alberta gives me a sense of inclusion in a growing industry. The brewers of Alberta are putting the province on the map, as a spot for craft beer aficionados to take seriously. It’s truly an honour to be included among these talented individuals.”