Team Members

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Daniel Collins

President & Founder

Daniel founded Brew Culture in early 2014 in Vancouver, BC after cutting his chops for a couple years as the Managing Director of another hop distribution company. The experience afforded him the opportunity to grow with an industry that was just beginning to explode, forming key relationships and life-long friends. Although his original role as a 'one-man-show' is long in the past, Daniel still enjoys visiting breweries across Canada, and connecting with our customers first and foremost. After more than a decade in the industry, these days Daniel focuses mostly on business development, but can still be found processing orders via text messages from longtime industry friends who have supported Brew Culture from the beginning. An avid lover of the outdoors, you'll often find him exploring the woods or playing hockey on the backyard rink with his two kids. What's in his fridge? Always a smattering of Belgian brews, and favs such as Tooth & Nail's Vim & Vigor, or Sawdust City's Lone Pine IPA.
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Lisa Stefan

Managing Partner

Lisa grew up in North Vancouver, BC and spent years working in Corporate Vancouver before transitioning to the wine industry where her passion lies, and eventually onboarding with Brew Culture when she and Daniel moved their family across the country to settle in beautiful Muskoka, ON. When she's not standing behind her desk, you will usually find her exploring the outdoors, whether it be in the trails or on the water. Being a wine lover, her favourite beers are big, bold and typically Belgian inspired. If you want to keep your arms, don't reach for that Four Winds Triplicity, Sawdust City Princess Wears Girl Pants, or Tooth & Nail's Indescretion!
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Max Cooke

Inside Sales Manager

Max was born and raised in beautiful Muskoka, and has been part of the team at Brew Culture since 2017. Before Brew Culture, Max worked at a couple of great Ontario based craft breweries, Block 3 and Sawdust City, so he knows exactly what challenges brewers face, and he provides exceptional customer service and care. An avid home brewer, Max enjoys experimenting with new products and has surprised us with some spectacular brews on our in-house Sabco system. As Inside Sales Manager, Max covers the territory of 'Northern Ontario' from Barrie-Kenora while at the same time supporting our sales team across the country. What's in his fridge? Local buds Quayle's Brewery's Silver Lining Dark Lager.

Sean Seymour

Sales Manager - Ontario

Sean Seymour is our Ontario Sales Manager here at Brew Culture. He's been involved in the beer industry since his 19th birthday and has not looked back. He began by slinging suds at BierMarkt’s Esplanade location in Toronto, and spent time as an assistant brewer during a year in Australia. More recently he has been focused on beer sales in Ontario and has been a key member of the sales teams at Junction Craft, Side Launch, and most recently Woodhouse. You will see him happily rocking the summer festival circuit and is the founder of the Leslieville Beer Festival and Toronto / Hamilton Craft Brew Cruise. He loves to collaborate and support this great industry and is readily available to assist you with any of your Brew Culture needs….or if you just wanted to grab a brew. Sean's fridge is regularly overflowing with Woodhouse Pilsner, Side Launch Wheat, Rhythem & Brews Symphony Hazy IPA, and anything from his Leslieville (Toronto) neighbours at Rorschack Brewing.  

Stefan Gagliardi

Technical Sales Manager - Eastern Canada

Originally from the Eastern Townships of la belle province, Stefan holds a degree in Bio Chemistry from McGill University. He’s a homebrewer, pro brewer, beer enthusiast, Certified BJCP beer judge, and Certified Cicerone. He's
 done everything you can do in a brewery from lugging empties on the midnight shift to running a Quality Control Lab. With 13 years of brewing experience, most recently as the Head Brewer at Alexander Keith’s in Halifax, he brings a brewers perspective to the sales side of raw ingredients, and can provide first hand experience for a wide range of ingredients and processes. His fridge reads like a bromance novel. with an array of new beers constantly pouring through, from true-to-style German Weissbier and lagers, to American IPAs and Sours passing by malt forward English beers, he returns to stouts most often. Honourable mentions include; North Brewing's Twinkle Pony Tiramisu Stout, any Grimross Lager, and hop bombs from 2 Crows Brewing. 

Ryan Smith

Sales Manager – Western Canada

Colorado bred and Manitoba raised, Ryan is now more than a decade in the industry across the country. Ryan has been running the show as Western Sales Manager with Brew Culture for the past few years. From humble beginnings as a driver delivering kegs in the depths of Prairie winters, graduating to cellaring and fermentation management in Quebec, and now taking on sales of raw materials in beautiful BC, Ryan provides insight and connections to brewers throughout Western Canada for all their Hop, Yeast and Malt needs. Watch out, his fridge is jammed with beauties such as House of Lager's Bavarian, Left Field's Little Dry Cider, Four Winds IPA, and anyting new that drops from our buds at 33 Brewing Experiment. 

Trevor Kendall

Operations Manager

Trevor is Brew Culture’s Operations Manager over-seeing all our locations. Trevor comes from a background of operations management with experience running his own business and most recently being part of a successful start-up distillery in North-Eastern Ontario. With a genuine interest in brewing and distilling, Trevor is excited to be working with the raw materials that makes the process possible, and he looks forward to helping the Brew Culture Team achieve their operational goals. He's only recently started to develop a palate for craft beer, but is a quick convert of hoppy beers such as Sons of Kent's 8 Track XPA or Juice Box NEIPA.

Jake Good

Logistics Manager

Living in Muskoka surrounded by beer and women. He works at a beer supply company, has an awesome wife, lots of daughters, and a bulldog named Stella. Logistics specialist working tirelessly on the flow of products in and out of the company. Tracking container ships from our European partners one day, to tracking yeast deliveries from San Fransisco the next. He keeps our freight truck full as it runs across Ontario heading out to the amazing craft breweries across the country. What's in his fridge you ask? There's always some Sawdust City, including their Electric Storm Sour Oat IPA, or anything from Cloudwater from his native England.

Charles Blackmore

Warehouse Assistant & Photographer

Muskoka grown, Charles is both an asset in the warehouse, and behind the camera. With many years experience working in photography among a variety of different situations, he now helps Brew Culture to document collaborations and feature new products in an interesting aesthetic way. When he’s not in the warehouse shipping & receiving pallets of hops, malt, or yeast, you’ll find him behind the lens working on our next batch of images. You're bound to find some Amsterdam Brewery Boneshaker, or anything from Collective Arts in this guy's fridge. 

Chris Tellier

Driver

Our man behind the wheel...and the mask. Chris lives for life on the road, which is a great thing for our team and yours. He ensures all precious cargo of hops, malt, yeast, adjuncts, and whatever else we can squeeze on our freight truck, get to our Ontario brewers safe and sound. He especially loves it when those same brewers send him off with precious cargo of their own! Because of those generious offerings, he's expanding his own love of beer. We believe he's always got something on hand from our buds over at Amsterdam Brewery, as well as a new found appreciatation of Scotch Ales...thanks Sons of Kent!