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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.

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 #52 - Bob Sutton VP Sales & Logistics RAHR Malting (Retired)

    Episode #52 - Bob Sutton VP Sales & Logistics RAHR Malting (Retired)

    On today’s episode of the Let’s Meet For a Beer Podcast, I connected with my friend Bob Sutton to discuss his career and how he helped to shape the Craft Beer Community.

    Bob has been a large part of the craft beer movement across North America and built relationships with many people who eventually became legends in the beer industry.   Bob’s expertise and mentorship has helped many Alberta breweries succeed and we discuss how he has enjoyed watching the boom of the local craft beer scene.

    Bob has become a good friend and it was great to reflect on his career - I hope you enjoy our conversation.

     Alberta Beer Festivals: website | twitter | instagram

    • 49 min
    Episode #51 - Steve Abrams, Rob Doyle & Mike Cuch Co-Founders - Harmon’s Craft Brewery

    Episode #51 - Steve Abrams, Rob Doyle & Mike Cuch Co-Founders - Harmon’s Craft Brewery

    On today’s episode of the Let’s Meet For a Beer Podcast, I connected with the team behind Harmon’s Craft Brewery - one of Canada’s fastest-growing non-alcoholic breweries.

    I first met Steve Abrams over ten years ago after he started Mill Street Brewery - which he eventually sold to Labatts Brewing Company.  Rob Doyle is a former Brewmaster at Mill Street and currently works as a Professor at Niagara College Canada.  Mike Cuch is an expert in consumer packaged goods - which is a pretty good way to round out the team!  
    On the podcast, we discuss how the three of them teamed up to create Harmon’s and why they decided to focus on non-alcoholic beer.  We also discuss the challenges and opportunities in the non-alcoholic sector of the beer industry and why they chose to go fully organic!
    “We named it 'Harmon's Craft Brewing' as a shout-out to my mom - because on a greater level this brewery is all about family.”  Steve Abrams
    Alberta Beer Festivals: website | twitter | instagram
    Harmon’s Craft Brewery : website |  instagram 

    • 47 min
    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

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