Ryan’s passion for craft beer comes from his dad, who, like his dad before him, brewed beer in the family basements of Vancouver. An advocate for supporting all things made local, Ryan enjoys sharing his passion for craft beer and introducing our guests to the breweries of Vancouver and the people who started them. When not leading tours, you can usually find him mountain biking and getting muddy on the North Shore mountains.
First craft beer: Pipers Pale Ale, Vancouver Island Brewery
Current favourite beers: Brassneck Cherubesque, Steamworks Flagship IPA
Rachel K. Riggs
Lead Brewery Tour Guide
Rachel grew up in the US midwest, then spent a decade in Brooklyn, NY, before moving to BC where she really developed her love for craft beer. Some of her expertise and behind-the-scenes knowledge comes from having worked in one of Vancouver’s local breweries as an assistant brewer. Though she doesn’t discriminate when it comes to beer styles (with the one exception of smoky beers!), she has a passion for Belgian brews above all others. When not guiding tours, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen with organic foods, and during winter falling down on the local ski hills as she learns to ski the beautiful North Shore mountains.
First Craft Beer: Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brewery
Current Favourite Beers: La Fin du Monde, Unibroue; Cherubesque, Brassneck Brewery; BlackChocolate Stout, Brooklyn Brewery
Tour Manager & Brewery Tour Guide
Originally hailing from Montreal, QC Jeremie has been living in Vancouver since 2005. The original move west was for school-related reasons (most importantly the cheap student pass at Whistler Blackcomb). His love of the mountains, a perfect place for a delicious can of craft beer, has kept him here and you can often find him snowboarding, hiking, camping, fishing or snowshoeing in our lovely backyard. He loves travelling the globe and is always on the hunt for the next quality craft beer find whether it is in Fernie, BC, Japan, Korea Mexico, France, El Salvador and Ecuador! As a veteran of the tourism industry, a move to Vancouver Brewery Tours was an easy decision. Keep it fresh and hoppy!
First Craft Beer: Unibroue: a Blanche de Chambly or an apple Éphémère
Current Favourite Beers: The Talisman West Coast Pale Ale by Strange Fellows, Lighthouse Brewing’s Race Rocks Ale or Russell Brewing Company’s Blood Alley Extra Special Bitter
Brewery Tour Guide
Sean proudly came to Vancouver from the frozen lands of Winnipeg MB to thaw out in 2007 and never left. His first introduction to craft beer was a case of Blue Buck a friend brought over for a Star Wars marathon in college. And like the planet of Alderaan – he was blown away. Ever since he’s made craft beers and cocktails a passion. He comes to us from 8+ years in the bar industry, focusing on cocktails and spirit making. He’s been accredited with a certificate from Maison by Pernod-Rickard in association with École Hôtelière Lausanne. When not enjoying craft beers or leading tours, Sean focuses on his love of furniture design with his business East&West Design Co. In the last year he’s been able to fuse all his passions; making supplies and decor from breweries and restaurants all over Vancouver as well as custom wooden bar tools and mugs.
First Craft Beer: Phillips Blue Buck
Current Favorites: Tofino Blonde Ale, Persephone Best Bitter and Twin Sails Sticke Alt.
Brewery Tour Guide
Cam’s adventure into the Craft Beer world started almost a decade ago right here in British Columbia with a Phillip’s Brewing Long Boat Double Chocolate Porter. As an avid Craft Beer hunter to find the best beers Cam has travelled in all directions from Oregon State to Prince Edward Island. This has often caused Cam to buy extra suitcases to bring back Craft Beer. Attending festivals and volunteering at events and connecting with others who love Craft Beer all over this Province has shown him how amazing this industry is. Cam decided to explore education in Craft Beer by attending a course at Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts called Serious Beer which inspired him to start home brewing. What he really wanted was to work in the Craft Beer industry so Cam went to Simon Fraser University to take the Brewing Essentials Program. Recently graduated Cam is excited to share his knowledge and passion of BC Craft beer as your guide.
First Craft Beers: Phillip’s Brewing Long Boat Double Chocolate Porter
Current Favourite: Storm Brewing Imperial Flanders Red and anything coming out of Boom Box Brewing and Superflux Brewing
Brewery Tour Guide
Living and working in the heart of Yeast Vancouver for the past 10 years has meant that Cyndi didn’t have to go to the beer, because the beer came to her. Quite literally from 2012 onward there were three or four new craft breweries opening just a short stroll or bike ride from her home or work. It was ‘love at first flight’ and stopping in to sample new breweries quickly became a passion. The op-pour-tunity to hop on the Vancouver Brewery Tours team as a Tour Guide was a natural flow from her career as a Recreation Therapist and years of leading people on recreation experiences as a mountain biking instructor, snowboarding instructor, and yoga teacher. When not leading tours, you can find Cyndi riding her bike around the city and sampling a craft brew or two along the way.
First Craft Beers:Blanche de Chambly and Maudite from Unibroue; Obsidian Stout from Deschutes
Current Favourites: Oh so hard to choose! Anything Brett or Belgian, or Belgian with Brett, or anything sour.