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Lucas Mader

Beer Category Manager

A self-proclaimed beer nerd, Lucas is one of our go-to beer lovers on staff. He loves trying new wine, beer and spirits from regions around the world to see how styles change from place to place. He says working in this industry is like “history class and sightseeing, all in a glass”. He’ll expertly pour your growler fills and ask all the right questions to help you find the best styles for your taste.

In his free time, Lucas is passionate about music (he plays the drums), cooking, and enjoying the great outdoors- whether it is with his wife Lisa, and dog Wally, or camping in the backwoods.

Certifications: Lucas is a Certified Cicerone and BJCP Recognized Judge.

He has also been studying wine through WSET, recently completing Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Awards in Wine.

Lucas Mader's Picks

Beer and wine is cool, but have you ever tried Amaro? Made from a spirit base, and infused with proprietary blends of herbs, roots, barks, fruits, and spices. Amaro means bitter in Italian, and they can range greatly in terms of bitterness and flavour – and this one from Antica Torino is one of my all time favourites. The crafters took several old Amaro recipes to combine, and improve. The result is a beautifully aromatic amaro with aromas of cola spice, baking spices, candied citrus, and a complex herbal backbone. The palate is rich, with noticeable sweetness that’s balanced by both the warming alcohol (35%), and well executed bitterness.

Enjoy after a meal on its own, in a cocktail as simple as amaro & soda water, or even replacing sweet vermouth in a negroni. But be careful – if this is your gateway into the world of Amaros, it may automatically set your expectations very high!

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Recent Blog Posts by Lucas

Producer Spotlight: Lunn’s Mill Beer Co

All About Cideries in Nova Scotia

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