Because we learned by doing, we speak with confidence and act with skill to help you grow your craft and brew your best. We start with yeast and end with a thriving community of scientists, entrepreneurs, makers and devoted consumers.

Our products taste of

pride and friendship

Founders Angus Ross, Nate Ferguson and Richard Preiss met while working in a yeast research lab at the University of Guelph.

A collective love for beer and brewing led them to found Escarpment Laboratories, intending to add value to the craft beverage landscape and hang out in breweries for a living.

Our purpose:

Harnessing the science of cultures.

Since 2015, Escarpment Laboratories has helped hundreds of breweries achieve their fermentation targets. We grow our reputation as industry leaders by innovating every single day and teaching as we learn.

 

WE LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF WHAT WE DO.

Chris Saunders

Chris holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa and was trained at the Niagara College Brewmaster Program. Previously, he worked at Shopify and Collective Arts Brewing. As Internal Solutions software developer Chris helps build tools to simplify lives for our team and our brewery partners. Chris is really into homebrewing and crispy, balanced beers.

Will Culp

Will is our Production Technician and CIP hero. Previous to Escarpment Labs, he worked at Brick Brewing and graduated from the Niagara College Brewmaster Program. Will helps chip away at the list of process and building improvements and also happens to be a professional moustache grower in his off time.

Richard Preiss

Cofounder Richard is an active brewing scientist and member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and American Society of Brewing Chemists. Richard guides our R&D efforts and acts as the connecting point between sales, laboratory, and production activities. He wears a lot of hats, but mostly toques. Richard is really into data analysis and weird yeasts.

Angus Ross

Cofounder Angus Ross launched the idea for Escarpment Labs, based on the clear need for a domestic Canadian yeast lab for craft brewers. In the early days, Angus did it all: propagation, sales, marketing, cleaning pumps... Today, Angus manages human resources, finances and sales at Escarpment. Angus is a big fan of funky, Bretty beers.

Jonah Greenbaum-Shinder

Jonah approached us as an avid homebrewer, hoping to help us improve the availability and shelf life of our homebrew yeasts. Through his role as Food Fermentation and Homebrew Lead, Jonah has helped us expand to more homebrew shops and improve our homebrew packaging and sales strategies to get more exciting yeast into the hands of homebrewers.

Sean Dermott

Sean is currently our Production Assistant, responsible for producing yeast and cracking jokes. Sean comes to us with extensive experience as a professional brewer which he utilizes to improve efficiencies. He likes IPAs and IPA accessories.

Joshua Muller

Joshua is our Sales and Logistics Specialist, responsible for production scheduling, answering customer emails, and fulfilling orders. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business from Brock University and completed the Niagara College Brewmaster Program. Joshua is interested in marketing and never takes a lunch break.

Alex Mitro

Alex holds a Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Guelph. Currently, he is our Business Development and Project Coordinator and a member of the MBAA Ontario Technical Committee. Alex has spearheaded various projects within the company including the development of the External Quality Control department and hands-on quality control course for brewers, as well as several marketing and regulatory compliance projects. Alex loves pugs and party planning.

Luisa Muhleisen

Luisa is our Lab Manager, overseeing both Internal and External Quality Control activities at Escarpment Labs. Formerly, Luisa enjoyed careers as an Analytical Chemist in Big Pharma and as a Brewer with Big Beer, and is happy with it all coming together with her role at Escarpment. In her spare time Luisa performs improv but will never ask you to go to her shows. Promise.

Nate Ferguson

Cofounder Nate Ferguson has been working in the beer industry for nearly a decade, mainly focusing on microbiological Quality Control and Quality Assurance which is what he teaches at Niagara College for the Brewmaster Program. Nate is our creative and technical wizard and always finds ways to solve challenging technical problems in-house and for clients.

Evan Graham

Evan was trained at the Niagara College Brewmaster Program and previously worked at Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto. He is the Production Lead and Plant Manager (we have a lot of houseplants) at Escarpment Labs, and commutes by bicycle year-round.

Sarah Traynor

Sarah is our Laboratory Technician who holds a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from McMaster University. She is excited about applying her knowledge of biosensing to the beer world in order to enhance quality control. When she is not in the lab, you can usually find her hiking or enjoying a nice crisp pilsner on a patio.

Pat Wynn-Williams

Pat is our Sales and Logistics Specialist. He's here to make sure that you find the right products to suit your needs, as well as ensure that it arrives on time for your brew. Pat is a veteran brewer with a decade of experience in the craft brewing industry, as well as a Food Science graduate from the University of Guelph.

Attilio Consigli

Attilio is our Packaging and Shipping Technician. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a specialization in Microbiology and a minor in Biotechnology. Attilio is the green-thumb for our Hanlon location as he carefully tends to our beloved plants. He is basically a walking meme reference machine and enjoys sipping on Saisons while sitting under the sun.

Chris Waterton

Chris is our Packaging and Shipping Technician who graduated from the Brewmaster program at Niagara College in December 2019. He has a high attention to detail honed through years of working in the food & beverage industry. Chris uses his experiences to ensure packages leave the door on time keeping the brewer’s goals in mind. He is also a member of our marketing team, helping in the design process of various projects. Chris goes by more nicknames than any human should. Most know him as just one, Waterton.

Nicole Irvine

Nicole is our Digital Marketing Lead, responsible for attracting customers online through social media & content marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Carleton University, and completed the Brand Management program at Algonquin College. Nicole’s ideal day involves the Joey special (2 pizzas), Disney movies, and a selection of hazy IPAs.

Phill Jurek

Phillip is our Homebrew Packaging and Internal Logistics Specialist. Phill comes from Vancouver Island, British Columbia where he completed his bachelor’s in Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Victoria. Phill has revitalized our internal homebrew program and works behind the scenes on our wild yeast capture program. He can easily be found at home in his off time working on his personal projects. He appreciates a good pair of socks, loves his Volvo, and is really into aged mixed-fermented beers.

Lisa Maslove

Lisa works in our Finance department. She holds a Masters in Health Economics and is a member of the Guelph Public Library Board. Lisa is passionate about socially responsible business. Her favourite things to pair with beer are pizza and pickled herring.