Assistant Brewer | Trading Post Brewing | tradingpostbrewing.com
What are you most excited about/looking forward to in the local craft beer scene?
SK: I'm very excited that we’re going to have a few more craft beer neighbours in Langley in the coming months! It's going to make Langley a bigger beer destination that will attract more people to come out and visit multiple breweries in the same day. It's an exciting time for Langley and our local craft beer scene. I also love seeing what new and innovative styles other brewers are coming up with!
At Trading Post, in addition to being the assistant brewer, I manage the cask program which gives me a lot of creative freedom. I get to use our beers once they are done fermentation to create all sorts of interesting flavours. Right now, I'm in the middle of a cocktail series. I take well-known cocktails and mimic them in one of our beers, usually a lager. Last week, I made a Tequila Sunrise cask by adding tequila, orange peel and orange zest to the lager with grenadine on the side to add into your glass. I also have a gimlet, dark and stormy, and whisky sour coming up, so be sure to stop by on a cask night (Thursdays) at the Trading Post brewery to try one of my recent concoctions!
How has your Brewing Diploma and time at KPU helped your career?
SK: The diploma gave me a really good theoretical background about how breweries operate and the brewing process, as well as hands-on experience. It definitely helped me get my foot in the door. I started out doing volunteer QA and QC at Trading Post because I really wanted to work there, which led to the Assistant Brewer position when it came up. As the Assistant Brewer, I'm doing things throughout the entire brewing process, from brewing, transfers, kegging, cleaning, sanitizing, you name it!
What beer are you drinking right now?
SK: I generally don't have a beer that I routinely drink but lately I've had a lot of Trading Post New Zealand Pils because we've had some nice warm weather recently, and it's a perfect beer for a sunny day. Also, Driftwood Fat Tug IPA because it's still the best West Coast IPA out there, in my opinion.
Some words of advice for Brewing students entering the brewing/craft beer industry:
SK: My advice is to take things slow and think about what you are doing/going to do before you do it. It's better to take a couple minutes longer planning out your next steps than having to react to an issue that you've created by rushing. Otherwise, just ask lots of questions. It never hurts to ask if you're unsure of something.
Next time you're in Langley, stop by Trading Post Brewing for a glass and a growler fill!
Interested in learning more about the KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma?
Join us for a Brewing Information Session! For dates and registration, visit kpu.ca/brew/info-session.