UnTapped Happy Hour #9 - Bench Brewing's Head Brewer, Sarah Casorso!

"We built this place from scratch and we got the build up the culture and the team. This is one of the best teams I've gotten to work with - and that includes in hockey" -Sarah Casorso, Head Brewer at Bench Brewing. 🤩

Sarah's career began in professional hockey before making a hard turn to brewing. Building the brewery from the ground up in a remote town in Ontario means she has learned a lot - and very quickly!

The Bench production team has two sides to it, a clean side that produces consistent, fresh beers that make up the core portfolio and the 'wild' side that pushes the limits, leaning in to being the brewery in the middle of wine country and producing lots of barrel-aged beers with wine-soaked barrels from local vineyards.

Sarah led us through Short Hills NEIPA, Green Fields Sour (nicknamed tart and hazy) and finished off with the barrel-aged Appellation #5. This beer has been aged in a variety of red wine-soaked barrels from around the Niagara escarpment region. "Light, delicate, notes of lime and a little floral. It has spent 11 months in barrels conditioning and another year and a bit in bottles conditioning. With the brettanomyces in it, it'll be good to cellar for the next 2-3 years."

Watch the full chat on our Online Events page or IGTV - including full tasting and distiller tour!

Thirsty to grab Bench beers at a store near you? Full list of retailers on our store finder or check these spots:

  • Alberta: Wine & Beyond locations

  • Calgary: Vine Arts, Collective

  • Lethbridge: Distilled Liquor Co.

  • Edmonton: deVine Wines, Sherbrooke Liquor

  • Grande Prairie: Royal Spirits

  • Saskatoon & Regina: Metro Liquor

  • Vancouver: Liberty Wines on Commercial Drive, Legacy Liquor

  • Victoria: Cascadia Liquor, Cook St. Liquor, Vessel Liquor

  • Kelowna: Cask & Barrel