Profile in Craft: Graham With Master Brewer

Craftsmanship refers to something made with the highest quality. It requires a distinct mindset and approach. Values like durability, integrity, and calling are often associated with craftsmanship. But it’s more than that. Craftsmanship—to live a life and perform work with craft—is the struggle for individual agency in a world telling us to fit in. More than finding a calling, it is about understanding how to fully utilize ourselves and our unique ability to solve problems of every kind. My goal is build a bridge between the principles of craftsmanship in the traditional sense and apply it to our own lives and work.

Graham With talks to the Straight about what got him into brewing, Vancouver's craft beer scene, and more.

Graham had his career all figured out — he was going to be a Chemical Engineer. He just never thought those ‘chemicals’ would involve hops, barley and malt. Now, he’s head brewer at Parallel 49 Brewing Company, managing recipe development, brewing operations, quality control, and engineering projects.

A brewing company approached Graham while he was working at a wastewater facility. After a month of decision making, he made the switch. He appreciated the similarities. where you take dirty water, ferment out the impurities, and release it to the ocean. His engineering skills are very active in the brewery.

The brew-master works with a team that brews around the clock.Graham is ordering ingredients, coordinating production schedules, and designs recipes. His work is a mix of science and creativity and he feels lucky to have his hobby intersect with a career path that is related to engineering.

Christine Haskell’s research focuses on individuals dedicated to the craft of their professions, in pursuit of excellence, sustainability. Craftsmen and women use those principles to raise standards toward a better world. In the Profiles in Craft Series, you’ll find a trove of profiles of intriguing artisans and innovators across the globe that illustrate her research and links to the full articles. Christine’s book Craft Your Life is due in late 2019.