The Female Brewers of Waterloo Brewing

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Waterloo Brewing International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women's Day we sat down with our Director of Brewing, Trish Benne, along with brewers Elizabeth Beresford and Ciel Crosbie to ask them what it's like to be a woman in beer.

Q. What made you want to become a brewer?

Trish: I jumped into brewing when I was finishing up University. I had a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of beer materials and production. I got hooked on the industry because it’s so present in so many of my social activities. I really enjoy being able to combine my work with other parts of my life.

Elizabeth: I've wanted to become a brewer for a while. I always loved going to breweries and drinking new beers so I figured I should do what I love. 

Ciel: Aside from a love of craft beer, I've always been a creative person who enjoys physical work. This gives me the freedom to create without being confined to a desk!


Q. What advice would you give to other women looking to start in this industry?

Trish: Beer is for women too! I believe we bring a very valuable skillset to the Brewing industry. Although it can be very male-dominated, but there’s lots of room for women here. Like anything, you need to prove yourself – but I do feel like a lot of walls are starting to come down and that women do very well here.

Elizabeth: Do it, it's a lot of fun and you'll meet so many great people and drink so many great beers! 

Ciel: You are strong and capable. Your contribution matters and you will bring a unique dynamic to any team!


Q. What does it mean to you to be a woman in beer?

Trish: I’ve approached all challenges with the mindset of “I can do this”, and I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished.

Elizabeth: I feel proud, some of the first brewers were women and I am happy to carry on their tradition. 

Ciel: I've always been proud of my work and my involvement with craft beer. It is definitely a male dominated industry, but I feel respected by my peers, and hope to inspire more women to join the trade!


Q. What is your favourite Waterloo brew?

Trish: Craft Lager!

Elizabeth: Waterloo dark 🍻

Ciel: I really love Waterloo Amber; though a strong beer, it's versatile and easy to drink.

Thank you to all of the hard-working, inspirational women of Waterloo Brewing that we have the honour of working alongside every day making delicious craft beer. This one’s for you!

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Tapping into Talent: One Employees Artistic Mark on Waterloo Brewing

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<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>At Waterloo Brewing we pride ourselves on hiring the best people and giving them as many opportunities as possible. When we began building out what our new Waterloo Brewing Taphouse would look like, we knew there was one individual in particular whose talent we wanted to tap into.
Nick Glynn began working for Waterloo Brewing back in 2010, almost a full decade ago, at our original location on King Street in Waterloo, Ontario. He started off working in the beer store and for the summer events team and advanced his way through the company to his current position with the brewery as the “Eastern Ontario Sales Manager” in Ottawa, Ontario.

Over the past 7 years, Nick has also pursued a second career as an artist and painter, where he has been successful in selling his artwork across Canada and many other parts of the world (Austria, Australia, and the United States).

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Of course, when it came time to commission artwork for the space, Nick was the obvious choice. With his unique style and talent, we knew he would develop some truly iconic pieces.

“I’m just super grateful that I work for acompany that not only supports my sales career but also provides me with nothing but encouragement and opportunities for my passion outside of work. It’s a special feeling knowing they not only support my artistic passions but also want to help nourish and grow my passion into something bigger.” - Nick Glynn

Over a 4-month period, he created a 28ft by 10ft “Pour the Boar” mural (his largest work to date) and a 12ft by 10ft “Hop Branch” mural that catches the eye of any guest who enters our Taphouse. We could not be more proud of Nicks journey and the artwork he has created for our new space and hope you all come by to see it in person. 

His Process

He creates all his work first on Photoshop where he designs and refines his artwork. Then, through a thorough process of printing and cutting, he is able to create layered stencils of the designs that he will then transfer to the walled surface with Aerosol and acrylic-based paint.

Nick Glynn Art

More About Nick

Nick Glynn is a 30-year-old spray paint artist who resides in Ottawa, Ontario where he creates 3-dimensional photorealistic paintings using spray-paint and layered stencils. 

His work is inspired through the genres of graffiti, street and pop art, and with the use of bold colours and vivid imagery he creates his stencilled spray paint work on canvas and walls, depicting both wildlife and the human form.  

He grew up just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Milton, Ontario) and comes from an artistically inclined family where he developed many of his skills and inspirations. His father, Scott Glynn and older brother Aiden Glynn are well known professional artists in the field of Animation. 

In addition to stencil art pieces, Nick also creates contemporary artwork using acrylic paint, producing black and white paintings and other unique and colourful art pieces. 

Nick finds inspiration through travel, culture, nature and design. Utilizing his experiences gained and expressing them through his art. 

Connect With Nick

Facebook: Nick Glynn Art

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New Waterloo Brewing Taphouse and Expanded Retail Store

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Waterloo Brewing Taphouse Exterior (CNW Group/Waterloo Brewing Ltd.)Waterloo Brewing today officially opened the doors of its brand-new Waterloo Brewing Taphouse and expanded Beer Store.
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Waterloo Dark Ribs & BBQ Sauce by ChefD

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Waterloo Dark BBQ Ribs:

  • 4 baby back ribs (ChefD uses Nutra farms)
  • 1 tsp dried onion
  • 1 tsp dried garlic
  • 1-473ml Waterloo Dark
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Waterloo Dark BBQ Sauce:

  • 1-473ml can of Waterloo Dark
  • 1-1/2 cups French’s Ketchup
  • 3 tsp molasses
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp dried onion
  • 1 tbsp dried garlic


For Ribs:

Preheat oven to 250. On a parchment lined baking sheet, place ribs and spread dried garlic and onion over ribs. Pour beer under ribs and bake for 3.5 hours.

For Sauce:

In a large saucepan over med/high heat, combine all ingredients and bring up to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Place in a container and cool in the refrigerator.

Brush sauce over cooked ribs and cover and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Preheat Grill to med/high and cook to an internal temperature of 160, brushing the ribs with the BBQ sauce.


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Waterloo Brewing Introduces 35th Anniversary Craft Lager

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Waterloo Craft Lager
Waterloo Brewing is excited to announce the arrival of new Waterloo Craft Lager, complementing its craft portfolio of Waterloo Dark, IPA and Amber with an easy drinking, popular beer style.
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