Great Western welcomes new brewmaster

SASKATOON, Mar. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Great Western Brewing Company (GWBC) is entering a new era, as we proudly welcome our new Brewmaster and Innovation Ambassador, Amanda Butt.

"We're delighted to welcome Amanda to the Great Western team. Her extensive industry experience and expertise in product development, quality control and equipment and process upgrading will be instrumental for us as we take the brewery forward into the future, " said Michael Micovcin, President & CEO of Great Western Brewing Company. "Bringing Amanda on board demonstrates our commitment to maintaining our international reputation of world class craftsmanship."

Amanda Butt, M.Sc. joins GWBC from the Boston Beer Company in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was the Brewing Manager and where she led the research and development brewing operations, helping to launch over 20 new beers in two years. Her new role in Saskatoon will be a homecoming of sorts, as she is Canadian, born and raised in Newfoundland, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. She holds a Master of Science degree in brewing and distilling from the world-renowned Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Prior to her role with Boston Beer Company, Amanda worked here in Canada with Labatt Brewing Company (AB InBev), where she held many different positions, primarily in brewing.

"I'm excited to be returning to Canada to join the award-winning team at Great Western. My focus throughout my career has been on brewing creativity, innovation and continuous improvement. Brewing is my passion and I plan to pour that passion into continuing Great Western's tradition of excellence," said Butt.

Outside of work, Butt is a wife and mother of two. She and her family are excited to call Saskatoon home.

About GWBC
GWBC is the largest regional brewer in Western Canada.  Located in downtown Saskatoon, the company was founded by 16 employees who saved the brewery from closure by Molson in 1989.  We are proudly independent, and highly interested in out-of-province investment to grow and expand the company.

SOURCE Great Western Brewing Company

For further information: Amanda Butt, Brewmaster & Innovation Ambassador, Great Western Brewing Company, (306) 230-7309,; Michael Micovcin, President & CEO, Great Western Brewing Company, (306) 261-6456,

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