For today’s episode of the Let’s Meet For a Beer Podcast, I sat down with Euan Thomson – Founder and CEO of RAFT Beer Labs in Calgary, Alberta. Basically, Euan is a science nerd that makes sure beer doesn’t taste funky!
Euan grew up in Nova Scotia and moved to Calgary as a young boy with dreams of becoming a paleontologist. As Euan grew older, his love for science remained, but his passion for dinosaurs was replaced with craft beer as he experienced the delightful flavors of The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company, Big Rock Brewery, and Wild Rose Brewery.
While attending the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Euan was able to combine his interests in helping Alley Kat Brewing Company improve its quality control measures. As Euan explains, “Alley Kat showed me that there was a demand for people with my skill set.”
Through a series of fortunate events, Euan soon found himself working for Phillips Brewing and Malting Company in Victoria, BC. As Phillips Lab Manager, Euan was able to further develop his skill set. Recently Euan returned to Calgary and created RAFT Beer Labs with a mission to help craft breweries increase their market share.
Outside of work, Euan and his wife are passionate about social activism. Currently, they are rallying Alberta companies to support harm reduction initiatives – which he discusses on the podcast.
Euan is a great person and making a positive impact in our community – I hope you enjoy the conversation!