CHRIS LAY
CHRIS LAYCO-FOUNDER AND BREWMASTER
Chris began homebrewing in 2012 and never looked back. As an entrepreneur in digital media and education for the previous 16 years, he decided to expand on his creative outlets. In less than six months, he won first-place in the local homebrewing competition for his robust porter. Brewing has become his personal passion and a lifelong endeavour to constantly improve on the craft.
DIANA MCKENZIE
DIANA MCKENZIECO-FOUNDER AND SODAMASTER
Diana loves all things crafty and in 2012, began pursuing sustainable agriculture and homesteading culture. Homebrewing was a natural fit and she decided to turn her focus to opening a co-operative, collaborative craft brewery. Still working at UBC full-time, she manages the operations, finances, and cat-herding at Callister that naturally goes along with running a brewery with a team of wildly independent, passionate people.

CALLISTER IS A COLLABORATIVE BREWERY

Brewers sign on for a one-year period to join Callister Brewing and brew their own beers. Callister Brewing provides operating and retail space to new, local brewers to produce, package, and sell beer to the public in a low-risk environment while providing the foundation of an existing support and peer-learning network.
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Our Co-Brewers

NIGHT OWL BREWINGBEN GREENBERG
MORNINGSTAR BREWINGZUZANA MODROVIC, PAUL MARTIN, NICK STEINBERG, and VINCENT FARQUHAR
REAL CASK
REAL CASKADAM CHATBURN
Adam Chatburn hales from Blackburn England and upon graduation from Birmingham University became head brewer for the all cask Blackburn Brewing Company where he fermented a love and appreciation of real ale. Moving to Vancouver in 2008 he fell in love with BC and the growing craft beer scene volunteering with CAMRA BC – Vancouver Branch and serving as President for from 2013-2015.

Our Alumni

BOOMBOX BREWINGKENT COURTICE, PHIL SPURGEON, and RYAN SELLER
Boombox Brewing Company specializing in all things hoppy and sour. Kent and Ryan brewed their first beer together in 2009. In 2014 they met Phil at a craft beer seminar and haven’t looked back since.
Boombox is the result of these three friends and their hard work and dedication to producing great beer. Phil originally hails from Australia, and when not in the brewery, works as a geologist and economist. Phil is an award winning homebrewer, Vanbrewers member, beer geek and a BJCP certified beer judge. Kent is an award winning homebrewer, Vanbewers member and former Vanbrewers executive.
LIGHTHEART BREWINGNATHANIEL SENFF
Nathaniel is a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces and a home brewer that is dedicated to his craft. Nathaniel has been home brewing for 6 years, an Executive of Home Brewers Association and a certified beer judge. After sharing his beers with friends Brendan Bonfield and Kiyo Godo the group decided that Nathaniel’s beers needed to be shared with the world. Nathaniel brings the same dedication, hard work and attention to detail he learned in the Canadian Armed Forces to brewing. Look for some amazing brews from Nathaniel and Lightheart Brewing.
MACHINE ALES (now SUPERFLUX)
MACHINE ALES (now SUPERFLUX)ADAM HENDERSON and MATT KOHLEN
Machine Ales is an experiment in beer production by two award-winning homebrewers, Matt Kohlen, and Adam Henderson. Matt and Adam have over 25 years combined experience in the Food and Beverage Industry, and want to put this to use crafting their vision of what great beer can be. Adam is also the Founder of Copper & Theory, a beer import agency based out of Vancouver, and serving Western Canada. Matt likes to dry-hop everything. This was written by Adam.
BREWERY CREEK BREWING
BREWERY CREEK BREWINGCHESTER CAREY
If you are a beer lover in Vancouver, you’ve probably met Chester Carey. You may have taken his Serious Beer courses at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (or the Tapei Wine Academy), or maybe asked him for a beer pairing recommendation while shopping at Brewery Creek Liquor store, where he’s the Product Portfolio Manager and now Head Brewer, too. Or maybe you bumped into him at a VanBrewers homebrew club meeting, or judged with him at some beer or spirits or food related contest (He holds his BJCP certification, among many others.) Or maybe you saw him at an industry tasting event (he’s also a Certified Spirits Specialist), or at the BC Beer Awards, which he co-founded.