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Mike Lackey: The Proost Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a famous questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses once given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Ben’s Beer Blog has co-opted this format in order to provide a revealing look at people making beer and working in the beer industry in Ontario. As such, I’ve renamed it The Proost Questionnaire, since “proost” is the Dutch word for cheers. Clever right?

Mike Lackey is the head brewer for Etobicoke’s Great Lakes Brewery. Here, the man responsible for some of your favourite IPAs goes deep to talk about his favourite jacket and his secret love of bees.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

Having a beer with the game on in the backyard.

What is your greatest fear?

My wife one day realizing that she can do way better than me.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Living in the same neighbourhood, keeping the same job and keeping many of the same friends through most of my life.

What is your favorite occupation?

Playing hockey. Continue reading


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Andrew Peters: The Proost Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a famous questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses once given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Ben’s Beer Blog has co-opted this format in order to provide a revealing look at people making beer and working in the beer industry in Ontario. As such, I’ve renamed it The Proost Questionnaire, since “proost” is the Dutch word for cheers. Clever right?

Andrew Peters is a co-founder of Forked River Brewery. Here’s why he likes survival stories and wishes he could sing.

Andrew PetersWhat is your idea of perfect happiness?

A crisp autumn day hiking with the family, back to the campsite for a cold beer, music around the campfire, then gentle rain on the tent roof.

What is your greatest fear?

Disappointing people–friends, family, customers.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Building a life here in London with a wonderful family, and helping to foster the craft beer scene here.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Procrastination (I got these questions a month and a half ago….)

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Disrespect and arrogance. Continue reading


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Matthew O’Hara: The Proost Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a famous questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses once given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Ben’s Beer Blog has co-opted this format in order to provide a revealing look at people making beer and working in the beer industry in Ontario. As such, I’ve renamed it The Proost Questionnaire, since “proost” is the Dutch word for cheers. Clever right?

Matthew O’Hara is the brewmaster for Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and is clearly a man of few words. Today he gets efficiently philosophical with a look at why he lies at bedtime and has no love for The Donald.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being so immersed in a pleasant activity that you forget to think about it or anything else.

What is your greatest fear?

Mirrors.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Earning the love and respect of my daughter.

What is your favorite occupation?

Brewmaster.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Socrates.

Which living person do you most admire?

The Dalai Lama. Continue reading


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Christina Coady: The Proost Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a famous questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses once given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Ben’s Beer Blog has co-opted this format in order to provide a revealing look at people making beer and working in the beer industry in Ontario. As such, I’ve renamed it The Proost Questionnaire, since “proost” is the Dutch word for cheers. Clever right?

Christina Coady brews beer at Toronto’s Folly Brewpub and writes about homebrewing for Taps Magazine. She shares her frustrations about sexism, the lack of trains in Newfoundland, and the fact that no one has made a decent Batgirl movie.

IMG_6670What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I find great happiness in a successful day, where I love the work and I meet the goals, then I come home to comfort. It’s simple, but it doesn’t always happen in life.

What is your greatest fear?
My parents are dearly important to me. I fear the day when I lose them.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Folly. It took a lot of work for us to get where we are today, and I am so excited for where we are headed.

What is your favorite occupation?

A long time ago, when I was just out of high school, I worked at the NFLD Rare Books Library at Memorial University. If I wasn’t brewing, I would love to be a librarian. Or work in a vineyard.

Which living person do you most admire?

My parents. They are some of the strongest people I know. Continue reading


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Iain McOustra: The Proost Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a famous questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses once given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Ben’s Beer Blog has co-opted this format in order to provide a revealing look at people making beer and working in the beer industry in Ontario. As such, I’ve renamed it The Proost Questionnaire, since “proost” is the Dutch word for cheers. Clever right?

Iain McOustra, the brewmaster for Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewery reveals his affinity for chefs, the British overseas intelligence agency, and swimming off Caribbean islands.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Walking with my wife around the city. Stopping in at our favourite spots and wasting the day away eating and drinking.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Tracking down all of Pavement’s record store day releases.

What is your favorite occupation?

Brewing beer “not to style” but how I like it.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Harry Smith.

Which living person do you most admire?

Chefs. They all seem to be a little crazy.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Impatience and a tendency to respond without thinking. Continue reading


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Siobhan McPherson: The Proost Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a famous questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses once given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Ben’s Beer Blog has co-opted this format in order to provide a revealing look at people making beer and working in the beer industry in Ontario. As such, I’ve renamed it The Proost Questionnaire, since “proost” is the Dutch word for cheers. Clever right?

Siobhan McPherson brews beer at the Toronto brew pub and music hall, Burdock. She previously worked at the considerably larger breweries, Mill Street and Amsterdam. She reveals her weakness for horse tartare and how she misses an ’85 Chevy.

IMG_6695What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A warm partially sunny day on the sea with a garden near by and a never ending supply of bread and cheese and charcuterie and beer and wine. I guess you could throw in a few friends and lovers and a dog and a horse and a cat.

What is your greatest fear?

Rusting.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Doing all the things I want to do.

What is your favorite occupation?

Brewing. Designing equipment, creating recipes and techniques, and constantly learning.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

The witch in the village during the dark ages. Continue reading


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Sam Corbeil: The Proost Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a famous questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses once given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Ben’s Beer Blog has co-opted this format in order to provide a revealing look at people making beer and working in the beer industry in Ontario. As such, I’ve renamed it The Proost Questionnaire, since “proost” is the Dutch word for cheers. Clever right?

Sam Corbeil, brewmaster at Sawdust City in Gravenhurst, waxes philosophical about the fundamental states of brain matter, not smiling, and honesty when drinking.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Not sure. Haven’t been there yet. Still looking. But I guess that’s kinda the point.

What is your greatest fear?

Not getting the most out of my life as I can.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Not dying. Yet.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Shyness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Hatred or Anger.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I waste a lot of water in my job. Water is pretty important.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Temperance I guess. I’ve been known to overindulge…on occasion.

On what occasion do you lie?

Usually on those occasions in which I’ve over indulged. Continue reading