Andina is a family-run business, not just family-owned.

We are two brothers who married two sisters and the four of us are heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the company. As Colombians who have lived in different places including Vancouver for many years, we are the product of our combined backgrounds. Each of us is heir to a legacy of experiences, preferences and areas of expertise that we apply in our specific roles. Yet we all have the same goals: to create great products, to offer the best service possible and to treat each employee and customer as another member of our family.

Our definition of family business involves a sense of belonging. It is about those human touches we put into our company that makes people feel they are welcomed and cherished!

— The Amaya Bros.

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

Nicolás Amaya, Co-owner / COO

He is the Rock…er of Andina Brewing Company!

Nicolás earned this title by being the originator of the idea that resulted in Andina, his fondness for craft beer, and of course his passion for good music, especially rock. He is, without a doubt an amazing guitar player –he humbly denies it- who’s been playing since he was 13 years of age. The name of his current band says it all: The Beer O’ Crats.

He reaffirmed his musical inclination by studying Recording and Sound engineering in Virginia, USA. He returned to Colombia with his future wife in tow – Andina’s Communications & Marketing Director – and together they started working in a TV & Video trade publication, she as its Chief Editor and he as her Audio Consultant. That is how Nicolás began his career in the TV industry; first as an audio post engineer for Colombian television and later, when he moved to British Columbia, as the owner and producer of Hola TV, supplying original programming for the Spanish speaking community of Canada.  During the last 10 years, he worked as a videographer for CBC TV news in Vancouver.

Besides his duties as COO, in charge of the back of the house Production & Operations, you can see Nicolás setting up cameras to document the construction of Andina, editing the videos for our Website, posting in social media, and his most important duty: being the yin to his brother’s yang. Nicolás’ good temper and laid back personality makes him the best partner to his brother, whose temperament and responsibilities sometimes make him more intense. Nicolás really enjoys working with his brother, wife and sister in law, and to be part of an industry that it’s so inclusive and helpful.

Motto: “Live life and don’t stress. I love it when I can make people laugh and I strive to make all those working with me feel like part of the family”.

First Craft Beer: Maudite from Unibroue                     

Favorite style of Beer: IPA, Gose and Saison


Head Brewer Mike Stewart

Michael Stewart, Head Brewer

Like the beer he creates, he is driven by balance and quality.

Professionally brewing since 1991, Michael has over 2000 brews to his name. He has a vast knowledge, expertise, and passion for producing consistent, high quality beer. Known for experimenting with flavour and style, Michael brings to life to the Amaya’s Colombian + British Columbian craft beer vision. The common language that unites him to the rest of Andina’s team is the spirit and passion behind the creation of great beers.

Together with owner Andrés Amaya, Michael enjoys infusing Colombian style and flavour into Andina’s beers, producing unique, new limited beers (what we call our De Temporada beers) in addition to Andina’s amazing Principales. Visit the tasting room regularly to make sure you don’t miss Michael’s creations featuring tastes straight from Colombia – coffee and fruits which introduce one-of-a-kind tastes to the BC craft brewing scene. These creations won’t last long so stop by today to sample Michael’s latest!

 

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