Brunswick Bierworks is a pretty cool organization. It is a collective of brewery partners in Canada with a focus on collaboration and innovation. Can’t wait to see what collabs come next now that Brunswick Bierworks is toasting the arrival of one of the world’s leading brewmasters — La Trappe Brewmaster Lodewijk Swinkels — who is joining the Brunswick team as brewmaster and head of operations.
Swinkels comes from beer royalty. He is the seventh generation of brewers, and for the past 14 years has been the brewmaster at De Koningshoeven Brewery (La Trappe) where he won numerous international brewing awards and established La Trappe’s world-renowned barrel aging program. Swinkels’ connection to Brunswick Bierworks goes back decades to the Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan where he received his training and befriended Brunswick Bierwork’s Senior Brewing Advisor Christian Riemerschmid von der Heide.
Their reunion embodies Brunswick Bierworks’ spirit, as it becomes one of North America’s top breweries for partnerships and innovation and its vision to collaborate with more European beer brands.
“I was drawn to the passion here and to be honest, I was drawn to the beer. To be able to brew with some of the most iconic and innovative brewers in a brand new, world-class facility is something you dream about,” Swinkels said.
Bierworks’ brewing capacity is dedicated to local and global brewery partners, producing high-quality small- to medium-batch beers for the Canadian market. It acts as an incubator for new brewers looking to launch in the market. This allows breweries to cut down freight costs and lengthy timelines, the chance to innovate in real time and to offer fresher beer to the Canadian market, among other benefits.
“It is truly an honor to have one of the world’s best brewmasters coach, train and mentor the Brunswick Bierworks brewing team,” said Partner Mike Laba.