Vancouver's craft beer scene is thriving. Plenty of new breweries open each year. Still, many people are hesitant to ask questions and learn more about how craft beer is made. Faculty Brewing Co. was created to be an inclusive and open environment for beer drinkers of any level. We believe that increasing craft beer education will increase craft beer consumption.
Faculty Brewing Co. is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Mauricio, the 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 bicycle shop Pedal Bike Depot and began to make their idea a reality.
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.
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.
HILLARY: JUNE 2020
(she/her) Hillary was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and moved to Vancouver for the beer! She has a BCOM and you can find her slinging pints in the tasting room. Her favourite Faculty beer is 250 London Fog Ale. Fun fact: She is also a hobby artist in her spare time and enjoys whipping up home brewed beer!
JACQUIE: APRIL 2018
(she/her) Jacquie comes from the brewing program at KPU and has a background in science. She moved to Vancouver in 2008 to begin her beer quest. After years of hard work leveling up in the service industry, her studies to become a beer wizard have led her to Faculty. Here she happily participates in the magic of making beer as our Head Brewer.
MARINA: MAY 2021
(she/her) Born and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Marina chose to experience big city life throughout her undergrad and Vancouver has certainly not disappointed. In her (rare) free time, she does her best to get outside for hikes and camps, but is also pretty content meandering to a park for a nice sunset picnic and beer…her preference being a 396 Centennial Red Ale.
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: FEBRUARY 2019
(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 is working here making Oddity Kombucha as well as delivering for us and other local breweries through BeerVan Collective. 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.
NICOLE: JUNE 2020
(she/her) Having arrived in Vancouver from Southern England in March 2020, Nicole spends her time biking around the city, searching for new music and skiing whenever possible. She joined the Faculty team to learn more about beer and to become part of the vast Vancouver brewery family! Her Faculty favourite is 356 Raspberry Sourweisse. Fun fact: She has done 21 solo skydives!
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.
ROBYN H.: JANUARY 2018
(she/her) Originally from Southern Alberta, Robyn moved to Vancouver in 2016 with the dream of discovering all of the coffee shops, petting all of the doggos, and drinking all of the amazing craft beer. She is close to succeeding. In her free time she enjoys discovering even more coffee shops, trying to befriend new dogs and expanding her knowledge on beer. She also enjoys making trips to other cities to see what their coffee, doggo, and craft beer scenes are like.
ROBYN S.: FEBRUARY 2018
(she/her) Robyn relocated to Vancouver in the summer of last year. It was the sea, the mountains and the outdoor lifestyle that brought her to Canada's West Coast from England's East Coast. She believes there are very few situations that can't be improved by a brew (beer and tea are both effective). If you can recommend a good book or a naturally stunning travel destination, she's all ears.
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!