MEET THE CREW
Royal City Brewing was established in 2013 by two childhood friends, Cam Fryer and Russ Bateman. After attending the University of Guelph and getting to know this wonderful city and the people that make it so great, these long-time friends knew that Guelph was the perfect location for their brewery. Located in The Ward neighbourhood, Royal City Brewing is excited to bring you fresh, innovative & approachable beer. But none of this could be done without our amazing team! Meet our crew!
Russ- Owner, Sales & Marketing & more! Russ is a hard-working family man who is full of big ideas for this place! His catchphrase is, "this is the best beer we've ever made"... about every beer we've ever made! Russ can be found making technical alterations around the brewery to help operations run more efficiently or helping develop new brand concepts & marketing strategies!
Andrew - Assistant Brewer. Andrew has been in the biz for years but is one of the newest additions to our team here at Royal City. When he’s not at work you can probably find Andrew enjoying a Pale Ale at the Wooly or killin’ it on the drums!
Nick - Packaging & Distribution & More. Nick was one of our incredible full-time staff members who helped us get our packaging to where it is today. Now, as a part-time staff member (while also in school) you can find Nick in The Ward Room slingin' pints or getting the brewers set up for a successful week! When he’s not at work or school you can find him touring with his band Lush Buffalo or wedding planning with his fiance Alex!
Mark- Packaging & Distribution. Mark is our newest staff member and is quickly mastering all the wonders of packaging beers. Most of the time you can find him on the canning line, ensuring our fridges are stocked for you every weekend or delivering beer to Guelph and KW's LCBO's and restaurants.
Mark - Cellarman. He’s the one puttin’ bubbles in the brews and getting kegs ready to go out the door. His go-to beer is usually a pilsner or lager. When he’s not kegging beers, he’s busy being a regular pun-slinger, coming up with many of our beer names!
Avery - Sales & Marketing. She keeps you informed about what’s going on around here while also getting beer out the door to bars & restaurants outside of the tri-city area. She’s a fan of all beer, but scotch is her true love. When not at work, you can find her with at least a few dogs in tow, lifting heavy things or buying a plane ticket but good luck spotting her because she’s usually in bed by 9!
Kyle - Outside Sales Rep in Guelph, KW, Cambridge & Hamilton. Kyle is also our very first employee! He’s the one bringing fresh beer to the taps at all your favourite bars and restaurants. When not at work Kyle is likely working the bar at Baker St, hanging with his dog Pablo or playing soccer.
Dan - Front of House Manager, Quality Assurance, Barrel-Beer Programmer & much, much more. Dan is the brains of the operation- seriously! Dan is one of few Master Beer Sommelier in Canada! He puts his certification to great use at Royal City, educating staff on beer style & history and hosting brewery tours for the public. Outside of work you can find Dan kickin’ butt at muay thai or spending time with his family (but most likely he’s somewhere talking about beer!)
Miranda - Office Manager/Administrator. Miranda is our organization queen. She's the one who makes sure all our paperwork is in order so beer gets out to all LCBO, Grocery, Beer Stores and licensees each week while also ensuring our office is a cozy and welcoming space. She's also a self-proclaimed cat-lady! When not at work, you can find her on the baseball field, planning a trip to Cleveland or hanging with her husband and 2 sons!
Lexi - Events Coordinator & Ward Room Beer-Slinger. Lexi is our in-house artsy gal. She's incredibly creative and always up for a crafty task. You can find her in the Ward Room pouring beers, hosting brewery tours on Saturdays or most recently, organizing our many events in The Ward Room or out at local Beer Festivals! When she’s not at work you can find her furthering her beer education, on the derby rink or hanging with friends at The Wooly or Baker St.
Amber - Ward Room Beer-Slinger & Trivia Master. Amber can be found slinging beers behind the bar in the Ward Room, drawing AMAZING & hilarious cartoons wherever needed, or hosting our bumpin’ trivia nights twice a month. Her favourite beers include a hazy IPA or a smooth brown ale. When she’s not at work you can find her planning a trip, next up is Costa Rica to flex her new scuba certification!
Alex - Ward Room Beer-Slinger. Alex is our resident optimist, always ready with a story. She is one of the happy-pappy people you can find in The Ward Room or at a local summer beer festival! She’s an IPA fan and lives by the “bitter is better” method. And when not at work, you can find Alex up a tree or binge-watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Nicole - Everything Gal! She started as a summer student but we're lucky enough to still have her! You can find her pouring beers in the Ward Room, on the canning line or doing one of the many little projects that help us run more efficiently each day! Her favourite thing about Guelph is that no matter where you are, there’s always a cow nearby. And when not at work you can find her in the library working hard towards her engineering degree.
Jon - Ward Room Beer-Slinger & Writer. Jonathon is one of the lovely people you can find in the Ward Room. His caring & calming presence pair perfectly with a pint! He’s a sucker for a hazy IPA but has recently diversified his palate and has been enjoying stouts and dunkels. Jon is also the man behind our beautiful monthly newsletters! Sharing with you his love for the written word & all things beer! What he loves most about Guelph is the wonderful Ward & Downtown community he calls home. When he’s not at work you can find him playing soccer or cooking dinner with friends.
Andrea - Ward Room Beer-Slinger. Andrea is a proud Guelphite who was also one of the first people in line on our opening day back in 2014! She’s Prud H’omme certified and loves ALL beer, especially creative things like fruit sours, herbed/spiced ales and black IPA’s. She's one of the amazing people that make our bottle shop so warm & welcoming. When not at work, you can find her adventuring with her husband and three daughters.