The local media in Prince George are almost as excited about Henryk Orlik, our new brewmaster, as we are! Check out the stories in the PG Citizen and PG Free Press. A star is born. (But, we’re not surprised.)
From the Prince George Free Press:
New brewmaster at PWB
Published: September 13, 2012
Pacific Western Brewery has a new brewmaster.
German-born and trained brewmaster, Henryk Orlik is now heading up its brewery in Prince George.
Orlik will be responsible for ensuring Pacific Western Brewery continues to brew great beers that embody the quality and consistency its customers throughout the province enjoy and expect. Pacific Western Brewery’s flagship brands include Cariboo Genuine Draft, Light Lager, Honey Lager, Pale Ale and Cream Ale; Pacific Pilsner, Natureland Organic beers and Canterbury among others.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Henryk to the Pacific Western Brewery family,” said President and CEO, Kazuko Komatsu, in a press release. “We have a very passionate and dedicated team at our small brewery in Prince George and Henryk’s skills, experience and collaborative approach will help us continue to take full advantage of the fresh water aquifer and other pure ingredients we use to brew outstanding local beers in the beautiful Cariboo region.”
Orlik has always known he wanted to brew great beer and share it with as many thirsty beer lovers as possible. His formal brewing education began at age 16 in his native Germany. After seven years of serious schooling and brewing, Henryk received his final master brewer degree from the world-recognized Doemens School of Brewers and Maltsters. He then threw himself into various roles and progressively senior positions to fully absorb and learn the art of fine brewing in the real world. With traditional German thoroughness and passion, his next pursuit was a Masters of Business Administration to round out his understanding of brewing great beer with equal business acumen.
His next brewing adventure was a move across the Atlantic to the U.S., where he was among the leaders in the craft brewing movement, culminating in the management and ownership of a successful and popular Louisiana-based microbrewery.
“Recently, I’ve been longing for a more German-style brewing opportunity and climate and Prince George-based Pacific Western Brewery fit the bill, and stein, perfectly,” said Orlik. “I’m thrilled to be here and join this passionate and professional brewery team.”
Orlik’s deep understanding of both the art and business of great brewing and breweries has lead to a steadfast commitment to Reinheitsgebot or, more simply, to use only the best quality basics to brew great beer: water, barley, hops and yeast and occasionally natural spices to create unique styles and flavours. He also believes it’s vital to test every fresh batch of beer and adjust the recipes as needed to accommodate the slight variations inherent in different crops and ensure consistency in flavour and colour over time. Finally, he’s a team player: committed to mentoring, encouraging and also learning from those around him.
Orlik’s looking forward to getting to know his new community of Prince George and to getting out and travelling through beautiful B.C. to connect with the locals over a glass of Cariboo Genuine Draft or Pacific Pilsner (his two current favourite brews). Once he’s got his feet, and his whistle, wet on B.C.’s beer preferences, he plans to work a little bit of German brewing magic to create some special surprises for B.C.’s beer lovers. So stay tuned for new Pacific Western Brewery beers to delight your palate.