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Spinnakers Cask Festival 2

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Spinnakers Cask Festival 2

Spinnakers is hosting its second cask festival on November 21, building on the success of its inaugural event on March 14 and the growing profile Real Ale is getting in Victoria. This is also a great opportunity to meet brewers from both the Island and the Lower Mainland, many of whom previously brewed at Spinnakers.

What’s the big deal about meeting a brewer? It’s like knowing a farmer, butcher, baker, or cheesemaker — you have a direct relationship with where your food and drink comes from that helps you to know what you are consuming. You also have a better opportunity to understand the process from source to table and even, perhaps, influence what the producer makes.

Here is the lineup:

  • Central City ESB
  • Dead Frog Oaked Winter Warmer
  • Deschutes Jubelale
  • Dix Barley Wine
  • Driftwood Porter
  • Driftwood #2 TBA
  • Granville Island TBA
  • Lighthouse Winter Ale
  • Longwood Brewpub Imperial Stout
  • Mission Springs Winter Pumpkin Ale
  • R&B Bourbon Oak-meal Stout
  • Spinnakers Gingerbread Ale
  • Spinnakers Mt. Tolmie Dark Ale with Highland Park 18
  • Storm TBA
  • Swans TBA
  • Vancouver Island “Caskannator”
  • Whistler Brewhouse Woodwards IPA

Spinnakers is dedicated to sourcing local ingredients, therefore, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Slow Food and Real Ale than spending an afternoon at the gastropub on Lime Bay.

Time: Saturday, November 21 @ noon – 5:00pm
Place: Spinnakers, 308 Catherine Street, Victoria
Cost: $40 (includes 3 samples, souvenir glass, appetizers)
Tickets: at Spinnakers, both Spirit Merchants locations in Victoria, and CAMRA Vancouver’s Web site

Written by BCbrews

November 9, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Lower Mainland Brewery Seeks Operations Supervisor

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Position Summary

The Operations Supervisor duties are to supervise the daily operations of blending/brewing and production of finished Wine and Beer kits to company specifications.

Key Responsibilities

• Organize/Coordinate and lead the daily operations and function to produce required product in accordance to production schedule and within the terms of the collective agreement
• Maintain proper liaisons with other departments (Maintenance, QA, Warehouse, R&D, Planning, Purchasing, Retail Store), to ensure efficient site operation and delivery of finished goods within company specifications
• Maintain/Improve yields from production
• Maintain/Improve production efficiencies
• Ensure accurate inventory control onsite raw materials used in blending
• Assign work schedules to employees
• Overtime may be required to meet deadlines
• Prioritize according to demands and deadlines
• Qualify Suppliers for sundries needed in the operation
• Purchase of department sundries and Supplies
• Equipment operational standards
• Department Safety
• Temporary staffing requirements for day to day and harvest season
• Employee coaching in a union environment
• Establish written policies and procedures for key positions in production
• Assess and identify saving opportunities on waste in the department
• Maintain daily time and attendance records and address issues with Payroll
• Recommendations on capital expenditures
• Manpower allocation and requirements
• Make recommendations on improvement of work flow and ergonomics
• Participate in employee recruitment and discipline
• Provide a safe environment to all employees in the facility.  Chairperson for plant safety committee
• Improvement for logistics and site storage

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Strong operations background, preferably in a manufacturing food and beverage industry
• Minimum of 5 years experience in a supervisory capacity in a union environment
• Highly motivated individual committed to excellence and quality
• Understanding of production equipment operation
• Mechanical aptitude


Post secondary education (Operations Management or similar) or equivalent practical experience is required.

Interested parties should contact:
Barry Wilson, Specialized Recruiter
Apex HR Services
6620 Kitimat Road, Unit 1
Mississauga, ON
L5N 2B8
Tel: (905) 812-0800 ext.221

Written by BCbrews

February 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm