Our beautiful brewmasters brew beautiful beer!
Both of our brewmasters are avid home brewers and craft beer enthusiasts who have a thirst for creating great tasting, preservative free beer. And don’t let their cheerful personality fool you – they make a mean brew!
Al, a Peninsula resident since the early 90’s, began his love for creating tasty beverages in an interesting way. Growing up, he made soda pop as a part time job. After retiring from his career in government in 2012, he rekindled this childhood hobby by joining White Rock Brewing. Now, instead of creating soda, he creates beer. It is this same experimentation with different flavours which he loves. “Brewing beer is both an art and a science”, Al says. “Adding the perfect ratio of ingredients to the vat and being able to see the final creation is kind of like chemistry.”
Barb, on the other hand, began working at White Rock Brewing in 2000, but before this she made her own homemade beer at her house in Langley for 3 years. “One day my cat got into the beer ingredients and the dog chased her around. I came home to spelt all over my house. I knew I needed to get into a more professional brewery”.
“I love interacting with customers, and every day is so different and exciting” says Barb. “It’s the type of job where you’re never sitting behind a desk and you have so much creative liberty.” She recently created a fruity beer variety for her girlfriends called ‘Barbs Bulls-Eye Pilsner’, which is a big hit for those who love a light, citrus beer.
With rapidly evolving tastes, Al and Barb are always on the hunt for new flavours and combinations, such as their new coffee stout beer, white grapefruit IPA, and a beer brewed with citra hops. In creating the white grapefruit IPA, Al experimented by throwing in fresh orange peels and coriander seeds into the vat and couldn’t believe the delicious, out-of-this-world beer that came out!
As more people are catching onto the “growler fill” model of getting fresh, local beer, Barb and Al will continue their passion of supplying South Surrey with chemical free, preservative free and unpasteurized brews. They are excited for the future of White Rock Brewing as they continue to grow and sell to the hospitality industry. So when you are at a local restaurant or pub, ask for a White Rock Ocean Lager or Mountain Ale. As Barb and Al say, “We make really good beer, and we share! So come in and have some!”