We Gathered Our Family
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.
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.
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
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.