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For The Love Of It Marek Mikunda

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Published on Oct 11, 2013

Video via Jonathan Bielaski, Environmental Portraiture

Created for Jonathan Bielaski's For the Love of It project!

"Name: Marek Mikunda
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Occupation: Brewmaster, Steam Whistle Brewing

Marek's love for brewing started at a young age in the Czech Republic. He always knew he wanted to be a brewmaster so he started at a brewing technical school at just 15. By 18, he had brewed his first beer at a brew house in Prague. The challenge was to make sure that the process was perfect, otherwise, the next batch wouldn't be very good.

Marek travelled the world before he settled in Canada in 2000. Five years later he joined Steam Whistle. Because Steam Whistle focuses on brewing one kind of beer instead of offering variety like the other brewers, they are steadfast in a focus on quality instead. With respect for the traditional methods instead of cost-cutting or wild experimentation, Marek can focus on delivering consistently great beer.

His passion for beer comes from the heart. "You need to put a lot of dedication in to beer," says Marek. "Otherwise you won't have a great product."

You may think that brewing one kind of beer, a Pilsner, would make the job repetitive doing batch after batch of the same type of beer. But it's not at all -- it's incredibly challenging. When dealing with yeast, malt, hopes and people, every day is different. Just as people have different moods, yeast can also randomly decide to work slower.

Marek's where he is so that he can be challenged and successful in resolving those challenges. That's what grabbed his heart about this occupation and it's why he can't see doing anything else but being a brewmaster for the next 20 years."

Thanks Jonathan!

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