Andrés Amaya, Co-owner / CEO

Wait a minute, is this a photo of Andina’s CEO or its Head Chef?

He is indeed the older of the Amaya Brothers, co-founder of Andina Brewing Co. and our very competent CEO in charge of the front of the house operations. So why the chef jacket? Well, along with being the “Family Boss”, Andrés is bringing to the brewery his love for good food by being the creator of our amazing lineup of ceviches. He really enjoys cooking delicious dishes for his wife –Andina’s Financial Director- and his two kids.

His fondness for the good things in life that besides food includes wine, music, art and a good cigar, started early when he left his native Colombia to go to Paris.  This “Citizen of the World” has lived, studied, worked in or visited a total of 52 countries -yes, we counted them!  And through his travels he has acquired an impressive set of skills and experiences that he is now applying to Andina, which embodies his ultimate dream “to own my own business before the age of 50”.

Andrés’ professional background in the Hospitality Industry includes managerial posts in some of the best hotels in Colombia, United States and Canada, and later as a Quality Assurance Manager around the world. He knows exactly the high quality standards that Andina Brewing Company needs to implement so it can become “the Greatest Micro-Brewery in BC”.

Motto: “Justice for everyone – Everything happens for a reason – later I will find out why”.

First Craft Beer: Driftwood’s Pale Ale                  

Favorite style of Beer: Porter, Stout

Ben Greenberg, Head Brewer

Ben’s philosophy on brewing is that beer is meant to be fun and enjoyed with friends and family. Beer is more than just a delicious drink. It’s a central ingredient in celebrations, weekends, dinners and many other social moments. Whether brewing a traditional style beer or a trendy hazy IPA, Ben is always trying to create a beer that people will love and love sharing.

From his early days of homebrewing, Ben was designing his own recipes and creating his own styles of beer based on what he, his family and his friends enjoyed the most. The social aspect of his creations was already there.

After starting Night Owl Brewing, he continued this mantra by creating some favourite fruit beers, stouts and IPAs. One of his most enjoyed times running Night Owl was working behind the bar, sharing his beers and talking with customers about what they liked about his lasted batch. These moments of having great times with customers, friends and family with his brews is what drives Ben’s passion today at Andina Brewing.

Our Name

The name Andina (ahn-dee-nah) is how you refer to the people, or in this case, women from the Andes. The Andes Mountains, the inspiration for our name, forms the longest mountain chain in the world, stretching along the entire west coast of South America from Cape Horn to Panamá with a distance of 7,250 kilometers. These successions of mountain ranges or cordilleras, extend over seven countries: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia.

The Andes contain the most extreme variations in landscape, vegetation and climate of any mountain group in the world. And like its geography, the region is made up of people with different race, religions, customs and traditions.  But regardless of its diversity, our culture is what binds us together. Along with the Spanish language, we have rich folkloric and artistic expressions that connect us, and from those, music and food are the most representative elements of our joint identity.  In South America, sharing meals and music with family and friends, it’s a way to keep a vital part of our culture alive.

For us the name Andina is an irreplaceable source of inspiration. Being proud of where we came from provides us with a solid foundation to pursue one of our main objectives; promote our South American, and more specifically, Colombian heritage within our customers. We are truly committed to improve the way we are perceived by the world. It’s a far cry from days when Colombia was synonymous with drugs and violence. Colombia is a magical country full of colours, flavours and good people that despite of their problems, were rated by Times Magazine as the third-happiest people in the world and, of course, one of the most passionate! And that is exactly what we want to share with all of you, the joy of being alive and among friends, while sharing the universal language of good music, food and beer ¡Salud!

Why Our Andina Girl Is Called “La Pola”

Pola is a Colombian slang word that means beer, and most significantly, is the nickname of Policarpa Salavarrieta, a heroine who helped Colombia gain independence from the Spanish regime.

Some Spanish words you may read or hear around Andina…

The Spanish language is an integral part of Andina’s identity. That is why we use many Spanish words to name our products and express some of our customs. It is a fun way to share with you our culture and its traditions!

Andina (ahn-dee-nah): How you refer to people, or in this case, women from the Andes.

Andes (ahn-dehss): The longest mountain chain in the world, stretching along seven countries; Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia.

Salud (sah-lood): Literally means Health, but is commonly used as Cheers! or Bless you!

Cerveza (sehr-veh-sah): Beer

Pola (poh-lah): Colombian slang word for beer. Nickname of Policarpa Salavarrieta, a heroine who helped Colombia gain independence from the Spanish regime and a symbol for our women.

Panela (pah-neh-lah): Raw, unrefined whole-cane sugar from Colombia.

Melcocha (mel-koh-chah): An artisanal “molasses toffee” candy made of panela.

Monita (moh-nee-tah): Colombian slang word used to describe a light-skinned, fair-haired woman, typically a blonde.

Totuma (toh-too-mah): Container made from the Calabash plant. The tree was cultivated by the Andean natives to made bowls to serve water or chicha, an alcoholic corn brew.

Ay Ay Ay (aye-aye-aye): An expression employed when no other words are capable of conveying the general absurdity of the situation. In the South American context, the meaning is more an expression that encapsulates the idea of things going wildly amok.

Agua de Panela (ah-gwah deh pah-neh-lah): Its literal translation means panela water, a beverage made from raw, unrefined whole-cane paste dissolved in water.

Ceviche (ceh-veeh-cheh): Traditional Andean dish, where raw foods are “cooked” in lime juice.

Chifles (cheeh-flehss): Fried green plantain chips.

Arepa (ah-reh-pah): White corn patties.

Hogao (hoh-gwah-oh): Colombian sauce made with tomatoes, spring onions, cilantro and spices.

Hola (oh-lah): Hello/Hi, informal.

Gracias (grah-seeh-ahs): Thank You.

Por favor (pohr fah-vohr): Please.

Otra cerveza, por favor (oh-trah sehr-veh-sah pohr fah-vohr ): One more beer please!

Y si nos tomamos otra? (eeh-see-nohs toh-mah-mohs oh-trah): Should we drink another one?

Esta ronda la invito yo (ehs-tah rrohn-dah lah een-vee-toh yoh): Next round is on me!

Una para mí y otra para mí (uuh-nah pah-rah meeh ee oh-trah pah-rah mee): One for me and another one for me!

Estás Invitado (ehs-tahs eehn-veeh-tah- doh): You are Invited!

Con Cariño (cohn cah-reeh-nyoh): With love!

Hasta Luego (ahss-tah lweh-goh): See you later…

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