JOE WELLS

Lead Brewer

I’m an American who grew up in Michigan, learned about beer in Washington, and started brewing craft beer for a living in California. I began home-brewing in college with my chemistry lab partner, which in turn, led me to trying newer and more interesting beers. In 2009, I went to Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle for their Bigwood Festival where there were a half dozen Cantillon lambics on tap. This is where I was first exposed to sour beer and where I had my first experience with wild fermentation. I’ve been hooked ever since. At Bench, I will be helping manage our brewing team, our cellar operations, and packaging department. Some days I’ll be cleaning tanks and mopping floors, other days I’ll be sampling barrels and designing the newest Bench creation. I’m extremely excited about the flexibility at Bench, and the true blending of creativity and skill that comes from our extensive collection of oak vessels, coolship microbes, and local agrarian partners. I’m also looking forward to building a life with my wife and dog in the Niagara Escarpment.

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Now Hiring: Packaging Manager

If you’re passionate about beer, the Niagara region and quality, we’d like to hear from you. Our brewery is opening soon in Beamsville, Ontario and we are looking for a packaging manager. Our ideal candidate has 3+ years of packaging experience, relevant education, leadership skills, and sound knowledge of brewing science.

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