54 episodes

Mark Kondrat is the CEO of Alberta Beer Festivals, a company that produces some of the world's largest and most unique beer festivals. Each week, Mark talks with the artists, scientists, and dreamers that make up our unique community.

Let's Meet For a Beer Mark Kondrat - Entrepreneur & Podcast Host

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Mark Kondrat is the CEO of Alberta Beer Festivals, a company that produces some of the world's largest and most unique beer festivals. Each week, Mark talks with the artists, scientists, and dreamers that make up our unique community.

    Episode 50 - Michael Allemeier Canadian Master Chef & SAIT Culinary Educator

    Episode 50 - Michael Allemeier Canadian Master Chef & SAIT Culinary Educator

    To celebrate the 50th episode of the Let’s Meet For a Beer Podcast, I met up with Michael Allemeier who is one of five Canada Master Chefs!  We discuss what first attracted Michael to the kitchen and his journey to becoming one of Canada’s elite chefs.After 35 years, Michael has travelled the world as a chef and is just as passionate today as when his career began.  As a Culinary Educator at SAIT in Calgary, Michael is motivated to share his knowledge with the next generation of chefs.


    “The shortest distance from food suppliers to the kitchen is the right choice - always!”  
    Michael Allemeier


    Alberta Beer Festivals: website | twitter | instagram
    Michael Allemeier : Michael Allemeier |  instagram

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 49 - Stewart Brown Brewery Operations Manager - Three Bears Brewery & Restaurant

    Episode 49 - Stewart Brown Brewery Operations Manager - Three Bears Brewery & Restaurant

    On today’s episode of the Let’s Meet For a Beer Podcast, I was in Banff to meet up with Stewart Brown - Brewery Operations Manager with Three Bears Brewery & Restaurant.Stewart has brewed across Canada and around the world.  Before moving to Banff, Stewart was brewing beer in the Cayman Islands.  In 2019, he decided to swap his flip-flops in for a snowboard and is glad he did.  It was great to learn more about Stewart and the team at Three Bears Brewery - I hope you enjoy the conversation.
    “My philosophy with beer is to be approachable. We make beer for our customers - not our ego.”  Stewart Brown
    Alberta Beer Festivals: website | twitter | instagram
    Three Bears Brewery & Restaurant: website |  instagram 

    • 58 min
    Episode 48 - Mike Foniok & Dave Ronneberg, Co-Founders - The Establishment Brewing Company

    Episode 48 - Mike Foniok & Dave Ronneberg, Co-Founders - The Establishment Brewing Company

    On today’s episode of the Let’s Meet For a Beer Podcast, I met up with the Co-Founders of The Establishment Brewing Company - Mike Foniak and Dave Ronnegerg

    When we connected for the podcast they had just been awarded “Canada’s Brewery of The Year” for 2021 at the Canadian Brewing Awards.  We discussed their journey in beer that started when they were passionate home brewers and what their vision is for the future of the brewery!
    Alberta Beer Festivals: website | Twitter | Instagram
    The Establishment Brewing Company: website |  Instagram 

    • 51 min
    Episode 45 - Mental Health In The Hospitality Industry

    Episode 45 - Mental Health In The Hospitality Industry

    On today’s episode of the Let’s Meet for a Beer Podcast, Cam Dobranski joins me as co-host for part one in our series about mental health in the hospitality industry. Today we are joined by Dr. Pratap Chokka, Founder of The Chokka Center For Integrative Health.  
    On the podcast, Dr. Chokka talks to us about what we can do to identify signs that someone may need help and how they can access that help.  We also discuss how we can be proactive with our own mental health on a daily basis.
    Our goal with this podcast series is to help break through the stigma that prevents many of us from talking about mental health. Thank you for listening to this very special podcast - our hope is that you share this with others and continue the conversation about mental health.


    The Chokka Center For Integrative Health: Website 
    Alberta Beer Festivals: Website | Twitter | Instagram
    Let’s Meet For A Beer: Website

    • 37 min
    Episode 47 - Mental Health In The Hospitality Industry

    Episode 47 - Mental Health In The Hospitality Industry

    On today’s episode of the Let’s Meet for a Beer Podcast, I connect with my friend Cam Dobranski for part three of our series on mental health in the hospitality industry.  
    On the podcast, we discuss how the stigma of mental health makes it so difficult to talk about and how we can change that.  We also discuss how we can practice empathy and encourage open dialogue within our work environment.  Through open conversations about mental health, Cam is committed to changing the culture of the hospitality industry for the better.
    Our goal with this podcast series is to help break through the stigma that prevents many of us from talking about mental health. Thank you for listening to this very special podcast - our hope is that you share this with others and continue the conversation about mental health.


    Skyler’s Go Fund Me Page: Website 
    Medium Rare Chef Apparel: Website |  Instagram
    Alberta Beer Festivals: Website | Twitter | Instagram
    Let’s Meet For A Beer: Website

    • 20 min
    Episode 46 - Mental Health In The Hospitality Industry

    Episode 46 - Mental Health In The Hospitality Industry

    On today’s episode of the Let’s Meet for a Beer Podcast, Cam Dobranski joins me as co-host for part two of two in our series about mental health in the hospitality industry. Today we are joined by Nina Wallinder who recently lost her son Skyler to suicide.  Nina’s son, Skyler, was a cook at Cam’s restaurant WineBar Kensington and his death impacted Cam and the team deeply.  
    Nina joined us on the podcast to discuss mental health with the hope that her experience can help others.  To donate to the Go Fund Me page that Nina has created in Skyler’s memory please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/mental-health-memorial-initiative-for-skyler
    Our goal with this podcast series is to help break through the stigma that prevents many of us from talking about mental health. Thank you for listening to this very special podcast - our hope is that you share this with others and continue the conversation about mental health.
    Skyler’s Go Fund Me Page: Website 
    Medium Rare Chef Apparel: Website |  Instagram
    Alberta Beer Festivals: Website | Twitter | Instagram
    Let’s Meet For A Beer: Website

    • 37 min

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