The Beginning of Bench
Hops & Fruitland
Launching Bench Beer
Rain or Shine, or Snow
The Beer from Wine Country
Our Community Range
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 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.
I’m an Australian who met his wife in Mexico, fell in love with beer in Belgium, learned to brew in Canada, and now calls Southern Ontario home. If you’re in Bruges and find an alley so narrow that both shoulders scrape against the walls, you’ll find the cafe where it all began for me. I don’t remember the name of the place and I never want to go back. When my wife and I asked for a pint, they brought us a hazy blonde ale with little cubes of cheese on the side. I took a thoughtless sip and fireworks exploded in my brain. I reached the bottom of the glass and asked what else they had. The waitress then brought me a spontaneously-fermented sour ale, and just like that, I was in love. As the Brewmaster at Bench, I would describe my role as a brewer, barrel monkey, bug herder, keeper of the funk, hop aficionado, and beard enthusiast. What I’m most excited about is getting our coolship so we can start spontaneously fermenting wild ales with Niagara microflora.
I’ve always loved beer, but I started getting into craft beer in my final years at the University of Guelph. That’s when the bug really bit me. These days, I find I’m just as passionate about learning the stories of the people, places, and brewing processes behind different beers, as I am about the ingredients that go into them. As the Head of Sales and Marketing at Bench, my role is really just to help get the amazing beers Mark and Joe’s team make into your hands. I feel extremely proud to be part of the great team that’s bringing a craft brewery to Niagara’s Wine Country. The ability to share interesting “terroir” driven beers, like sours and barrel aged ales, with people who might not otherwise get the chance to experience them is going to be a lot of fun. Born and raised in Toronto, I moved to the area with my wife Andrea and our two children. We’ve been overwhelmed with how welcoming and supportive the community has been, and we’re really excited to be starting this new chapter of our lives.
I was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Vancouver, studied at Queen’s University in Kingston, and have lived in Toronto ever since. My passion for craft beer really developed through travelling and tasting different local beers from around the world. My family still lives in Hong Kong, so when we get together, we try to make it as memorable as possible. We enjoy meeting in unique locations and bonding over delicious food and drinks. As the Head of Finance at Bench, I’m more than just the team bean counter! I oversee the logistics of getting what we need in order to produce and deliver the absolute best beer we can. I’m excited for Bench to create truly special beers with the raw materials from our local growers and suppliers, and being able to share our craft with them. My role on the team is to help make a product that our neighbours can be proud of. If you love our beer as much as we do, then mission accomplished!
If you’re looking for a quality opportunity at Bench, see our latest listings below. We’re growing quickly, so check back frequently!
Bench Brewing Company has immediate openings for a brewer to join our team of innovative, avid beer-lovers to help us reach our goal of being stewards of the Twenty Valley. As a Brewer, you will be required to execute operational tasks using the appropriate equipment for brewhouse, cellar, and packaging operations.
Bench Brewing Company has immediate openings for entry-level positions on the production floor. This is a casual/part-time job that is physically demanding, with lots of lifting, cleaning and standing for long periods of time. Applicants must possess a great attitude and love of beer!
The role of the Taproom team member involves all aspects of the guest experience during their visit to our brewery. Hospitality and beer education are at the forefront of all that we do, as we strive to provide a friendly and unique customer experience.
Key Responsibilities Include: