The Daily Beer Contributors
The Daily Beer couldn’t get by without the help of a few good friends. The fine folks listed below share our love for Alberta beer and telling a good yarn. Buy them a beer next time you see them out, would ya?
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Haydon launched The Daily Beer in December 2015 with a goal of creating Alberta’s go-to beer news source.
He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his (beer) loving wife and two small kids. He began brewing beer in his native New Zealand 20 years ago and still churns out a decent brew from time to time under his home brew label Wrights Hill Brewing. A daily newspaper journalist for nine years in Wellington, New Zealand, he continues to dabble with words and messages in communications and PR.
Haydon started The Daily Beer as a way to combine prose and passion. He wants to tell good stories, simply. Most importantly, he wants to make more Albertans aware of the vibrant beer and brewing scene in their province and get excited about it.
He figured he may well meet some cool people along the way that share his passion – hell, he might even turn some people off bland beer and onto the good stuff!
Jason van Rassel
Jason’s craft beer epiphany came in the early 1990s, while attending journalism school at Ryerson University in his hometown of Toronto. Ontario’s craft brewing industry was in its infancy then, and Jason was always on the hunt for something different to try. Plus, he quickly discovered that bringing “strange” beer to a party was a great way of keeping others from drinking it.
During nearly 20 years of covering crime and justice for newspapers in Calgary, Jason decided to combine his passions for writing and beer by launching a beer blog on the Calgary Herald’s website in 2006. Meeting and talking to the people involved in Alberta’s craft beer scene was a happy counterweight to the daily grind of cops and courts.
Jason left daily journalism in January 2016, but continues to chronicle Alberta’s craft beer industry as it grows and comes into its own.
When Jason isn’t working or drinking beer (though never at the same time!) you can often find him and his wife Lea cross-country skiing or hiking in the mountains.
With a name like Brett Hopper, he was destined for a life of beer!
Brett is formally trained as a videographer, producer and writer through the Creative Communications program at Red River College in Winnipeg, his hometown. His first story as a producer for Shaw TV-Winnipeg was on Half Pints Brewing Co., and a love for craft beer began!
Brett has lived in Calgary since January 2013, and almost immediately became involved with the burgeoning craft beer scene by volunteering at the Calgary International Beerfest and Alberta Beer Festivals.
Brett is the Southern Alberta sales Representative for Bench Creek Brewing.
Zach “The Cellar Dwellar” Wiskar
Hailing from the frozen tundra of Regina, Saskatchewan, Zach made his escape shortly before turning 22 and headed to Europe.
After stints in Poland and Germany, where he discovered a lot of great little breweries and beer styles that didn’t exist in Regina, he returned to Canada (Edmonton) in late 2006, only to find himself longing for different beer.
So began his quest to discover great beer, and his introduction to Alberta craft beer. Zach moved to Calgary in 2011 with his now wife. He now calls Calgary home, a place where he’s learned to brew and promote craft beer, and where he sees himself growing old.