Cameron Ewen grew up in small town Humboldt, Saskatchewan and when he moved to the big city, he found his love for beer. Over time, his knowledge of the industry grew and it has unravelled a whole new world. Cameron spent a lot of time sampling every kind of beer he could put his lips to and at the end of it all, Porter is definitely his favourite. Creamy and roasty, a delicious rich stout is the way to go! Although Cameron is busy running this business and brewing beer, he still finds time to take in all Saskatoon has to offer. You will often find him downtown on the prowl for the next best beer.
Heather Williams moved to the middle of the prairies all the way from Boulder, Colorado. She can’t point out exactly when, but growing up in Colorado, she admits that she got enough exposure with craft beer to turn her into the “craft beer lover” she is today. On days that Heather is not pairing a delicious brie cheese with a perfectly refreshing Saison, she can be found camping, attending festivals, or walking her dog Buddy.
The love that these two share for craft beer led them to explore as much as they could about the industry. Over the years, they have travelled to study breweries near and far to find out the secret recipe to running a successful brewery. They found it with Prairie Sun Brewery and they are excited to share their beer with all of Saskatoon.
HOW IT STARTED
Cameron and Heather were approached by a clever entrepreneur that saw the opportunity for craft beer growth in Saskatchewan, to run his brewery for him. They were intrigued by the thought of building his brewery, but after much discussion, they decided they wanted to build a brewery that would reflect more of themselves. They embarked on a research road trip to the “beer capitol,” Denver, Colorado, for some inspiration. There, they developed the vision of Prairie Sun Brewery.
After 19 months their vision became a reality as they took their passion and hard work, and brewed their first batch of beer on a 10-barrel system. Starting a business is no easy task…starting a craft brewery is even tougher. Luckily, they were able to find most of the equipment needed to make it happen from Hogs Head Brewery in St. Albert, Alberta.
In May 2013, Heather and Cameron found the perfect home at the former “Saskatoon Bakery” and they moved in! By June 2015, Prairie Sun had grown to 12 employees and could be found in many restaurants around Saskatoon. Heather and Cameron look forward to sharing their tasty beer with everyone in this community.
Prairie Sun Brewery brews delicious beers with local and quality ingredients for the people of Saskatoon. One batch at a time, we are going to help grow the craft beer industry in Saskatchewan.
How we do it
Meet the Staff
Daniel Rommens - Brewery Assistant
If you could brew any beer in the world, what would it be and why? I already brew my favourite style. Traditional German Hefeweizen, at home, because I love the flavour of Hefeweizens! I would like to attempt a citrusy IPA/Hefeweizen hybrid.
On a scale of 1 - 10 how funny would you say you are? I’d say below 4, but every once in a while I throw out a zinger.
What would you sing at karaoke? Chop Suey - System of a Down. Only when I’m drunk.
Buddy Rae - Greeter
What motivates you to work hard? Scooby Snacks
What is your favourite memory? The day we opened the brewery, and Dog Patch 2015!
Anything else you would like to say? I trade belly scratches for the secrets of life.
Logan “Moose” Thiessen - Brewer
What is your favourite Prairie Sun beer? Red Rover Ale
What would be your super power? Currently probably puns, but my choice, super strength.
Do you collect anything? Antique Books
Heather Williams - Owner + CEO
What is your favourite Prairie Sun beer? Urban Wheat, it’s a unique SK twist on a German classic. Perfection!
What would your super power be? Turning water into beer. Oh wait, we do!
What would you do, if you could do anything for a day? Hike in South America, with a big party at the end with my friends and loved ones.
Kelita Deptuch - Bar Manager
What is something awesome or unique about you? I love metal music so much that I sacrificed my jaw in the mosh pit.
What would you do, if you could do anything for a day? Cuddle sloths in Costa Rica.
What is your favourite memory? Slaying dragons in Taverly.
Cameron Ewen - Brew Master
What is your favourite memory? Driving the Pacific Coast Highway from Newport to Seattle.
If you could brew any beer in the world, what would it be and why? Cheery Baltic Porter, aged in barrels down a mine shaft.
What would your super power be? To create and manipulate electricity.
ERIN KAISER - CERTIFIED BEER SERVER
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WADE GRAHAM - CERTIFIED BEER SERVER
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SETH ARMSTRONG - CERTIFIED BEER SERVER
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PATRICK O'CONNELL - CHEF, CERTIFIED CICERONE
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