Iain HillCo-founder, Strange Fellows Brewing
Graduating in 1993 from the University of Victoria with a degree in Biochemistry, Iain began his brewing career in Quality Control with Shaftebury Brewing Co, one of the earliest breweries in North Americas current craft renaissance. In 1995 he joined the Mark James Group as Brewer for Yaletown Brewing Co. and later as Head Brewer for the group, overseeing and commissioning several breweries, including Red Truck Brewing Co. In 2011 Iain began training as a Distiller and subsequently opened Yaletown Distilling Company for the same group where he developed a range of craft spirits.
In 2014 Iain co-founded Strange Fellows Brewing Company in Vancouver. Since that time the brewery has become known for a broad range of styles including barrel-aged, sour and wild beers.
Iain has made several notable contributions to beer culture in Canada. In 1995 he began brewing one of the first Bavarian-style wheat beers (hefeweizen) in Canada. He is well known among beer enthusiasts as one of the earliest brewers in the country producing highly unique sour styles of beer.
Iain has judged international brewing awards in the iconic beer cities of Burton-on-Trent and in Munich. He has consulted both locally and internationally including the start-up of Swiss microbrewery, Trois Dames, as well as the Eau Claire Distillery in Alberta.
Nancy MoreInstructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Nancy More brewed her first beer over 40 years ago and has been exploring and having fun in the brewing industry ever since. She started in the technical training program for Labatt Breweries and worked from one coast of Canada to the other in progressively more senior operations positions including being the first female head brewmaster. Adventure beckoned and she moved to Russia to improve technical and quality capabilities across Eastern Europe. She headed up Brewing Product and Process Development for Interbrew with teams in Korea, Belgium, and Canada. In 2005, she joined International Beer Supply with Diageo (Guinness), focused on Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and Asia. After her return to Canada, she continued her passion for developing the next generation of brewers, working with Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the start-up of the Brewing and Brewery Operations program and continues to teach part-time. In 2019, she was astonished by the Guild and the BC Hospitality Foundation creating a scholarship for women brewers at KPU in her name and being honoured with a “B.C. Beer Legend” award. In her “non-beer” life, she can be found kayaking, skiing, and volunteering for not-for-profit organizations.
Natasha PeiskarProduction Manager, The Establishment Brewing Company
With over a decade of experience spanning production, education, sales, and hospitality, Natasha (she/her) manages the production of award-winning beer including an extensive mixed culture fermentation barrel program at The Establishment Brewing Company in Calgary, AB. The path to Production Manager began in a home brew shop while simultaneously working as a craft beer sales representative. The next challenge as Brand Manager and beer buyer for National Beer Hall in Calgary led to a jump to the production side in 2017 with Bomber Brewing and later Tool Shed Brewing and Last Best Brewing & Distilling.
Natasha also holds Advanced Cicerone® certification – one of only 2 in Alberta, and 156 in the world – and regularly judges both professional and homebrew competitions. As an active member of the Pink Boots Society, she co-created the hop blend used for Pink Boots Brew Day 2019 and most recently co-founded and serves as President of the Canada chapter, which is developing programming and opportunities specific to its local members
Stephane TurcotteHead Brewer / Co-Owner, île Sauvage Brewing Company
Co-Founder of Ile Sauvage Brewing company in Victoria, BC. I have a certificate in Brewing Technology from Siebel, and am an Advanced Cicerone. YNWA!
Wild Thing! Barrels Make my Heart Sing
Natasha Peiskar from The Establishment Brewing Co, leads a panel discussion with Iain Hill from Strange Fellows, Stephane Turcotte from Île Sauvage Brewing Co and Nancy Moore from KPU Brewing. This brewer-focused panel will explore techniques and tips of a mixed culture barrel program. A wide array of expertise will be on hand to answer your questions related to barrel care, blending approach and sensory, and purpose brewing for barrel fermentation.