About The Brewer
Bernard Priest - Head Brewer
Born and raised in a small town an hour west of Montreal, Bernard studied molecular biology in university and put his knowledge to work crafting home brews in his school dorm’s kitchen. He describes his approach to brewing as “reverse engineering” – start with a vision of your final product, then work backwards to bring it to life by carefully selecting the right malt, yeast, aromatics and other ingredients. The Head Brewer for three years at Les 3 Brasseurs (The 3 Brewers) in Anjou, Quebec, Bernard is passionate about sharing his knowledge with beer lovers and future brewers alike. He has earned a reputation for giving guests an outstanding experience, and was a key mentor for new brewers and management. For two years out of his three with the company, Bernard was the winner of its recipe design and execution competition. As passionate as he is about beer, Bernard is also an environmental champion, and wants to explore ways to keep the Goose Island Brewhouse operations as green as possible - especially given its proximity to the St. Lawrence Market. Bernard’s favourite non-Goose Island beer is Belgium’s Saison Dupont – “complex but approachable, and pairs great with food.” His favourite Goose Island brew is Bourbon County Barleywine.
Marc Mammoliti - Assistant Brewer
For Marc, focusing his life on making great beer came as kind of an epiphany. Although he had been an avid home brewer in earlier years, it was a car accident on the way to work as a hearing specialist that prompted him to make some big changes in his life. “I decided that I wanted to have a job where I could wake up in the morning knowing that I was going to spend my day making people happy and brightening up their lives a little,” he says. “So I got into brewing as my dedicated profession.” A Toronto native, Marc began his brewing career with Great Lakes Brewing working as the Cellarman, where he contributed creative ideas to the process. Later, in the taproom, he fell in love with talking about beer with enthusiastic people, getting their opinions on each different brew and their character. Marc loves to hear people’s thoughts on the flavour profiles of various beers, especially those who say they “don’t really like beer.” He considers that a challenge, and wants them to get just as excited about beer as he is. Marc believes that the experience surrounding enjoying a great beer is just as important as the brew itself. Marc’s favourite non-Goose Island beer is Pivo Pils from the Firestone Walker Brewing Company – “It’s light, it’s hoppy, it has everything going for it,” he says. Marc’s favourite Goose Island beer is Bourbon County Barleywine.