Kazuko Komatsu believes in the purity of spirit and the sacred commitment to community that is her ancestral Samurai heritage.
Twenty years ago she saw in Pacific Western, then B.C.’s oldest, locally owned brewery an opportunity to apply these values and use those qualities to create a strong brand and an international reputation.
She purchased the company and her management and direction have produced unqualified success: The first dry beer brewed in Canada, the first certified organic beer, two international Organization for Standards (ISO) designations, a Brewing Industry International Gold Medal Award …
Since Kazuko’s arrival in 1991, the achievements and the accolades have been regular and unparalleled. The first Asian Canadian to take a leadership role in the brewing industry, she has established her reputation and staked the brewery’s name on her unwavering quality standards.
We use the purest mountain water you will find anywhere — every ingredient is the best you can find, she insists.I want to produce the best beers and functional drinks in the world. We are doing exactly that!
As she has built the province’s most respected brewery, Kazuko has been an active and vibrant participant in the community – be it locally in Prince George, provincially in Vancouver and Victoria, or internationally in Ottawa, Tokyo and Washington. She contributes to numerous boards and organizations — supporting countless initiatives from a significant reforestation program in central B.C. to contributing to an important fund for African communities financing new wells to provide clean water.
For her efforts and enthusiasms, Kazuko has received many personal awards such as the Order of BC and the Commemorative Medal for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. But she insists it’s not about her.
She celebrates 20 years of ownership in 2011 — her dream a reality: a firm that reflects the centuries-old traditions of her family and her personal commitment to excellence.