Neil Campbell, sales & distribution manager at Tofino Brewing Company

Calgary International Beerfest x Baron
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Who are you and your current job?

Neil Campbell -- Sales & Distribution Manager

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What was the inspiration behind your brewery?

The inspiration for what we do is derived from the small coastal town we live in, its natural beauty and our dedication to living here. The company's foundation was based on a mission to provide fresh, natural craft beer to the West Coast of Canada that can be enjoyed by casual beer drinkers and avid enthusiasts alike. This was combined with a fundamental commitment to being a positive addition to our town through continued involvement with local charitable initiatives and businesses. These elements continue to remain at the forefront of the company mindset, entrenching the Brewery as a modern-day Tofino institution.  

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Furthermore, April of 2017 will mark six years of brewing since the Tofino Brewing Company's humble opening -- with no signs of slowing down. Our passion for brewing great beer and contributing to the growth and prosperity of Tofino can, and always will be attributed to the continued support of the local community.   

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Can you give us a tour of your beer scene? 

Tofino boasts a culinary scene that rivals those of the highest international quality, therefore it has been an exciting challenge to match that standard from a beer perspective. As the only Brewery from the West Coast of Vancouver Island, we have always strived to exceed expectations for visitors to Tofino by producing a high-quality product while operating in a sustainable manner and providing an atmosphere that leaves people with a desire to return.  

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The craft beer industry on Vancouver Island and in BC as a whole has seen an incredible boom over the last 5 years and we are lucky to have been a part of the scene when it was still relatively new. It's great to be in such esteemed company and even more great to see so many new breweries demonstrating new and exciting styles every year!

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What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a brewery?

For those looking to start a brewery, the only advice would be to prepare for the extensive amount of awesome festivals and events that come along with the beer industry of Western Canada. They are fun and worthwhile, but there's a whole lot of 'em! Looking forward to the 2017 Calgary International Beerfest and to meeting all those attending this year!

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