Who are Sacha & Sam?
Why are they going to produce Canada’s most exceptional beer?
Sacha resides in Lillooet as a carpenter and jack of the trades. He’s been rebuilding this town one house at a time as a contractor and is ready to put his skills to work on transforming 104 Main Street’s historic Feed Store into a one-of-a-kind tourist destination and cozy get-away for Lillooet’s thirsty residents. Sacha is a graduate with distinction from Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s brewing program which formalized his many years of homebrewing and set forth the momentum to start the planning for a brewery in Lillooet.
Sam now splits his time between Lillooet and Vancouver after having spent a decade learning to grow organic hops from a beautiful river bench in East Lillooet. He has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters degree in Wildlife Ecology from Simon Fraser University, where he studied behavioural ecology of migratory songbirds. His scientific background and deep passion for British Columbia’s wildlife is being poured into the brewery’s unique mission: to protect south-western BC’s At-Risk wildlife and vulnerable ecological habitats. After his foray into organic hop farming, Sam founded and operates the world’s only exclusive organic hop company, Harvesters of Organic Hops which aggregates the province’s organic hops, processes, and distributes them to organic breweries worldwide. Sam traveled the world to learn about hop production. He will use this expert hop knowledge to select the best hop lots Canada’s farmers have to offer.
Sam’s hop expertise and deep knowledge of farming production methods combined with Sacha’s unwavering commitment to brewing execution makes them the perfect pair for this mission in beer. Together, they will enact prudent policies in the use of non-sovereign beer ingredients (that is, hops and malted grains grown outside BC and Canada) and constantly strive to seek out the best our province’s farmers and craftspeople have to offer. We also want to celebrate Organic. For this, we will look beyond our borders to find the most exclusive and rare hops and malted grains and use them judiciously in our seasonal beers. Organic farmers around the world need our support. This is our way of doing our part.