MATT GIFFEN

Founder

Born and raised in London, Ontario, farming and country life has always been a passion of mine. After 25 years working in big cities, I knew it was time to start following my passion for farming and agriculture full time. My wife Erin, our 3 children and I have been part of the Twenty Valley community for over 4 years now growing grapes on our Vineland vineyards. I’ve always been fascinated with the influence climate and soil have on growing wine grapes. I’m also a huge beer lover. So, I started wondering why only a few beers were focusing on the concept of “terroir” in their brewing processes. That really was my inspiration for Bench – I wanted to build a unique craft brewery that produces remarkable small batch beers in the heart of Ontario’s wine country. I’m really proud of the team that has come together at Bench. We all share the same vision and dream, so my role as the “grey beard” in the group is to assist the experts and just get out of the way! I plan on spending a lot of my time helping out in our hops yards or working with other local farmers to source quality local ingredients for our beer. I know the Twenty Valley is the perfect place for the Bench Brewing Company, and I’m excited to share our dream with you.

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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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