Niagara Brewing Company aims to brew beers that proudly represent Canada’s brewing heritage and today’s innovative craft beer scene. To brew the best, you need to put the best at the helm, so we put the call out to a veteran of the brewing industry - Gord Slater.
Gord has been developing breweries and brewpubs for the past 30 years and brings a wealth of experience to Niagara Brewing Company. He’s been integral in the design and commissioning of more than 60 brewery and brewpubs across North America.
Gord was drawn to the craft of beer making after professional training at Molson’s. He could be described as a founding father of the craft brewery industry in Ontario, thanks to his involvement in the legalizing of brewpubs in 1984 when the provincial government moved forward with legislation.
Passionate and dedicated to the craft, Gord has won numerous awards for recipe developments, and notes a light, refreshing, and adequately hopped German lager - that won best in show in a show in Germany - as one of his greatest accomplishments in his pursuit to create the perfect beer.
A master in his field, Gord notes that while brewing is a science, it’s not an exact science because you are working with biological organisms (yeast) and agricultural products (malt) and admits that experience and luck play a great role as well.
A connoisseur of Red Ales, Gord wishes he could have shared a beer with Winston Churchill and Louis Pasteur.