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Joel ManningJoel Manning

Joel began his brewing career in 1986 as a trainee with the Amsterdam and later Rotterdam brewpubs in Toronto. He took over brewing operations at these facilities in 1989 and remained with the Amsterdam Brewing Co. as Brewmaster until 2004. He attended brewing courses in the USA and England on scholarship while working there. After taking a year off from brewing in 2004, Joel took the position of Brewmaster at Mill Street Brewery in 2005 where he is responsible for all things beer and is very, very happy.

Joel has spoken on beer and brewing at several local colleges in Toronto, has taught classes for the Wine Guild, does staff training seminars for the LCBO and licensees and frequently hosts “Brewmaster’s Dinners” at our Brewpubs.

He is a member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, the Institute of Brewing & Distilling in the UK and has served as Vice President, Technical Committee Chair and finally President of the Master Brewers Association of Canada in 2004. Joel currently is Chair of the Education Committee for the MBAC. Joel came to work at Mill Street Brewery because of the quality of our beer and our devotion to maintaining that quality. Mill Street Brewery has won the Canadian Brewery of the Year Award (most medals of any brewery at the Canadian Brewing Awards) in 2007, 2008 and 2009 under his direction as well as numerous other beer quality and LCBO supplier awards.

Joel grows tropical epiphytic orchids as a hobby and lives in downtown Toronto with his wife Lisa and their two sons.Where would he rate his job on a scale from 1-10? Low to mid 30’s. (28 on a bad day.)

Brewer’s Q&A

Joel Manning

JOEL MANNING, Head Brewmaster

1. How long have you been brewing?
I have been brewing professionally since 1986.

2. Where did you learn to brew?
I learned to brew at the Amsterdam Brasserie and Brewpub here in Toronto when I was hired as a brewing assistant. I went on some brewing courses in the US and the UK afterwards.

3. Favourite style of beer
My favorite style of beer are German “Rauchbiers” which are dark lagers made with beechwood smoked malt. They are definitely not for everyone, but I have loved them since I first tried them.

4. Favourite beer you’ve ever brewed
Mill Street Betelgeuse which is a Belgian “tripel” abbey style beer that we release every year on the first day of winter at our Toronto brewpub. It is a challenging style of beer to make well and this one fits the cold weather of the holiday season perfectly and always makes me really happy when it is on tap!

5. Best Mill St. moment
June 2006 when we brewed for the first time at our then new Scarborough brewery. The six months leading up to that had been a frenzy of work and to see that brewery come alive and start doing what we built it to do was really amazing. Myself and another brewer were working 18 hour days to get bring the brewhouse on line and were exhausted but when we saw beer starting to flow into fermenters it just made us stop and stare. It was the beginning of the future!

6. Favourite international beer destination?
Bamberg Germany. UNESCO World Heritage Site and the home of Rauchbier (and many other spectacular beer styles) You can drink in pubs from the 15th century and wonder who may have sat there drinking over the years! My favorite beer drinking place ever!

7. Ideal after work activity?
I have a greenhouse at home where I grow tropical orchids, going in there after work is instantly like being in another world.

8. Advice for an aspiring brewer?
Hang out with other brewers and talk about brewing techniques and how they relate to beer styles. Never stop learning, brewing science is bottomless and don’t ever rest on your laurels thinking that you know it all, you’ll only ever scratch the surface, so make those scratches deep and useful! Be observant, whenever you come across a new beer style or flavour combination, take notes and figure out what technique led to it. Make your designs intentional and if the beer that you brew is different from what you were intending then figure out the order of magnitude of the errors and calculate how to correct them in your next design, don’t settle for things being almost right.

Andrew Yonick

ANDREW YONICK, Head Brewer, Toronto Brewpub

1. How long have you been brewing?
Been brewing for 8 years

2. Where did you learn to brew?
University of Wisconsin, Madison and through my mentor Brewmaster, Joel Manning.

3. Favourite style of beer
Favourite beer would depend on the season!
Love our Tankhouse Ale year long, love the Helles Bock year long, Betelgeuse, Belgian triple over the cold months and my new favourite 100th Meridian, an organic amber lager.

4. Favourite beer you’ve ever brewed
Maximus Quad, there’s a lot going on with this big bad one!

5. Best Mill St. moment
Being transferred down to the Toronto Brewpub in the Historic Distillery district. Great line up of specialty and seasonals.

6. Favourite international beer destination?
Would love to check out Munich, Germany and all the amazing beers in this locale and also check out a true Abbey brewery in Belgium.

7. Ideal after work activity?
Chilling with close friend over a pint, soaking up some summer sun.

8. Advice for an aspiring brewer?
Go for it! Read everything you can and talk with everybody you can about your passion.