Iain Hill

Co-Founder, Strange Fellows Brewing Company | strangefellowsbrewing.com
Iain began his brewing career in Quality Control with Shaftebury Brewing Co., one of the earliest breweries in North Americas current craft renaissance, and has made several notable contributions to beer culture in Canada.

Graduating in 1993 from the University of Victoria, Canada with a degree in Biochemistry, Iain began his brewing career in Quality Control with Shaftebury Brewing Co one of the earliest breweries in North Americas current craft renaissance. There he trained in all areas of production. In 1995 he joined the Mark James Group as Brewer for Yaletown Brewing Co. and later as Head Brewer for the group, overseeing and commissioning several breweries, including Red Truck Brewing Co. In 2011 Iain began training as a Distiller and subsequently opened Yaletown Distilling Company for the same group, where he developed and produced a range of craft spirits.

In 2014 Iain co-founded Strange Fellows Brewing Company in Vancouver with business partner Aaron Jonckheere. Since that time the business has grown rapidly and is known for production of a broad range of styles including a barrel-aging program focusing on sour and wild beers.

Iain has made several notable contributions to beer culture in Canada. In 1995 he began brewing the first Bavarian-style wheat beer (Hefeweizen) in the country, a beer style that would later become well known with larger breweries like Granville Island and many others. He is well known among beer enthusiasts as one of the earliest brewers in the country producing highly unique sour styles of beer.

Iain has judged international brewing awards in the iconic beer cities of Burton on Trent and in Munich. He has consulted both locally and internationally including the start-up of Swiss microbrewery, Trois Dames, as well as the Eau Claire Distillery in Alberta.

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