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Monday, September 21, 2009

Meet Gordon Fuller: Creemore Brewmaster

Meet Gordon Fuller, the longtime Brewmaster with Creemore Springs Brewery Ltd. Fuller is the man behind the scenes, working the copper kettle, consistently churning out terrific Creemore products like the Traditional Premium Lager, Pilsner, UrBock, and just recently, an exceptional Kellerbier.

I met Fuller for the first time back in 2007 when I attended a food and beer presentation Creemore was hosting for food and drink writers, and I've had the pleasure of bumping into him again at various events. He loves his work and he loves his products. Meet Gordon Fuller.

How many years have you worked in the industry?

How did you get into brewing beer?
I started making beer at home before I was old enough to buy it.

How long have you been brewing with Creemore?
20 years

Where were you before?
Amsterdam Brasserie and Brewpub, Rotterdam Brewing Company

Can you provide a little history on the brewery?
Creemore was founded by 3 retirees: an advertising/marketing exec; a fitter/welder; and a glass bottle manufacturing exec. Our spring is on land once owned by the bottle manufacturing exec. Ownership was passed to two octogenarian financiers from Toronto in 2000. Molson bought the brewery in 2005. The flagship brand, Premium Lager, was the only beer we made until 1997, when urBock was introduced as a seasonal in celebration of our 10th anniversary. Pilsner came along in 2007 to celebrate 20 years. We pride ourselves on the consistency of our beers and dedication to excellent service.

What is your best selling beer?
Creemore Springs Premium Lager

Which provinces currently sell Creemore products?
Ontario, Alberta, Quebec

Tell us something about yourself that not a lot of people know about.
I spent my childhood summers in the bush in the NWT at my father’s biological research station.

How successful have the seasonals been for the brewery?
We think very successful

What's your favorite beer style?
Czech pilsner

What is your ideal food and beer pairing?
I find beer goes with just about everything.

Pick one Creemore beer to drink forever.
Premium Lager

What has been the highlight of your brewing career?
When Creemore needed a new brewhouse, I designed it and oversaw the installation and commissioning. At the Rotterdam, I made 12 different beers in 12 months—that was fun too.

Best time for a pint?
After a hot sunny afternoon in the garden.

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