Faculty Brewing Co. was created to be an inclusive and open environment for beer drinkers of any level to enjoy and learn more about craft beer.
Faculty Brewing is the brainchild of Mauricio, the original head brewer, and Alicia, the architect behind the brewery's design. Seeing a need to make craft beer more accessible to the masses, they found their perfect location in the former space of the bicycle shop Pedal Bike Depot.
The Faculty name was born out of Mauricio's experience as a professor, the wish to educate and empower people with craft beer knowledge, and the idea that the brewery would share all the information behind the brewing process, including the recipes. We aim to work with other breweries and local home brewers to test new recipes and experiment with innovative ideas. Like a university or college, Faculty Brewing Co. is meant to be a place of idea-sharing and collaboration.
At the same time, in 2015, Oddity Kombucha was created across the street at 1863 Ontario. Oddity is still brewed at this location and served across the street at Faculty and other locations around Vancouver. The Faculty & Oddity team is now made up of around 20 wonderful people.
ABRAHAM: SEPT. 2022
(he/him) Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Abraham left his job at a popular radio station in Mexico to experience living in another country. Five years later, he still does not understand how much it rains in Vancouver and why geese are so aggressive. Abraham’s perfect day off consists of tacos, beer, and podcasts about random stuff or lots of videos on YouTube. Fun fact: He willingly pays for YouTube Premium.
GUSTAVO: APRIL 2018
(he/him) Gustavo's passion for beer drove him to a new career in a new country. In 2016, he left a job at a bank in Brazil to start the brewing program at KPU. After completing his studies, he joined the Faculty team to help make awesome beer! Although Gus is Brazilian, he is a terrible soccer player and doesn't know how to samba. He is a self-proclaimed nerd who enjoys games, super heroes, rock'n'roll, and reading about random stuff on Wikipedia.
MAURICIO: FEBRUARY 2015
(he/him) Mauricio is a Food Engineer specializing in optimization of food manufacturing processes. He moved to Vancouver in 2008 for his Master's in Food Science at UBC. He has worked for Hain Celestial, Molson-Coors, Zag Global and Nectar Juicery. His job has always been related to using good bugs, minimizing bad bugs, and killing ugly bugs. Currently he is an instructor at BCIT and a "jack of all trades" at Faculty.
MEL: FEB 2020
(she/her) Mel was raised on Vancouver Island but her family is originally from Squamish. Mel is currently undertaking her Masters degree in Archaeology and she is working here as the head brewer for Oddity Kombucha. Mel knows a lot about beers and booch and is full of fun facts and historical beer knowledge. Her favourite beer so far was the Women's Day Brut IPA collaboration!
NEIL: AUGUST 2016
(he/him) Neil moved to Vancouver from Edinburgh, Scotland in the summer of 2009. When he's not working behind the bar, you can find Neil playing drums with his local band: The Long War. Neil's favourite beer is, has always been, and always will be 418 Citra Pale Ale.
PAIGE: APRIL 2018
(she/her) Paige bleeds west coast. Her best life is on a mountain with a great view and beer in hand. If you ever want to talk about hikes in the lower mainland she is your go to. She grew up in the lower mainland but has been living in Vancouver for the past few years. If she could, she would use every weekend/time eating and drinking her way across the planet.
RYAN: SEPTEMBER 2021
(he/him) Ryan has previously worked at Main St and Molson, and most recently spent time developing novel yeast strains at Renaissance Bioscience - most notably the new Lallemand “Farmhouse” strain. He loves beer (obviously) but also marmite bagels, video games, backcountry camping, and Crystal Palace FC.
SARA: FEBRUARY 2019
(she/her) From the UK via Toronto, Sara came to Vancouver in summer 2018 to find out whether West truly is best. When she’s not pouring or enjoying a beer, you can find her checking out live music and discovering new views of the city. 314 Ginger Saison is Sara’s favourite. She smashed her 1000 Beers By 2020 challenge and is currently working on 2020: Every Brewery In BC!
SAM: JULY 2022
(he/him) Born and raised in Edmonton, AB, Sam moved out to Vancouver in 2017 to pursue a career in film acting. Over the past several years, he has fallen in love with life on the west coast. And also craft beer. When he isn't slinging beerskis in the tasting room, you can find him going on hikes, drinking craft coffee, practicing photography, and maybe even curling (yes, like the sport). Sam's favorite beer changes everyday. Today it's the 123 Sourveza. Don't forget to check back tomorrow!
TILLIE: SEPTEMBER 2022
(she/her) Tillie was born in Sydney, Australia and has recently moved to BC from Toronto. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Development and is keeping busy in the tasting room! On her spare time she enjoys camping, long bike rides and exploring all there is to do here in BC. Fun fact: She will do anything to spend time with your dog.
THE BREWERY AND TASTING ROOM.
We are a 7 barrel, 1450 square-foot brewery with 6 fermentors and 6 bright beer tanks.
Our 30-seat tasting room is situated within the brewery. While you enjoy your beer, you're sitting next to the tank from which it was poured. We rotate our beers weekly so stop by to check out what we’re pouring.
We have a selection of snacks available. If you're hungrier, we encourage you to bring in take-out food to enjoy, with our beer, in the tasting room!
GROWLER FILLS AND KEG SALES.
Once you've tried a few beers in our tasting room, you may want to take some home with you. You can purchase a Faculty Brewing Co. growler to transport your beer. If you remember to bring your own growler with you, we can fill that up as well!
BOOKINGS AND RESERVATIONS.
It is possible to book out our entire indoor or patio space. Our capacity limit is for 33 people indoors, and 21 on our side patio. We do not take bookings for small parties.
Read the info on bookings and reservations.