Craft brewing is blowing up these days but it wasn't always like this. Craft beer used to be a small segment of the drinking population and an even smaller section of the brands at the beer store. The market was dominated by the big boys but all that has been changing as more people learn about, sample and develop a taste for interesting craft beers.
Black Oak Brewing is a brewery and bottle shop located in Etobicoke. Our roster of beers include pale ales, brown ales, bitter brews and a variety of seasonal and experimental offerings.
The people behind the beer:
Black Oak relies on great people to make great beer and get it to our customers. The people we work with are our strongest asset. Each person’s contributions are very important to our success. Learn more about the specialized team that carefully crafts Black Oak into the beer it is.
Owner & President
Certified management accountant. OCB secretary & Board of Director member. Certified BJCP Beer judge. Un-official industry photographer. Brewery tour guide.
Mark started at Black Oak Brewery in January of 2015 as our General Manager. He claims his title of GM is a fancy way of saying "I do what nobody else wants to do" which at times, can be true. Mark is also our resident batting coach. So if you need help with your swing- He's your guy! When he's not at work he's usually with his three young children who has taught him nearly as much as Ken has (excluding all the beer stuff of course...)
Regional Sales Representative Toronto East
Mike Lynn has been brewing for Black Oak since 2012, but he’s much more than just a craft beer expert and enthusiast. He's our resident Computer Technician and Copywriter.
Catherine St John
Sales Manager - Western Toronto & Golden Horseshoe
Cam started with the company in 2016 as an inside sales representative, event coordinator, and social media guru. After juggling many hats here in the brewery, he is currently managing our Western Toronto & Golden Horseshoe sales division.
He has completed trips via bicycle from Paris-Dublin and Toronto-Montreal, been to 22 countries and counting, jumped out of a plane once and enjoys cycling, softball, sailing, canoeing, camping, and reading.
If you've tried Black Oak in your local pub, restaurant, LCBO or grocery store, most likely you can thank Jorg for dropping it off! Jorg has been with Black Oak for over 8 years.
Hes a Gun collector and amateur marksman. If he's not out delivering your tasty Black Oak brews across Ontario, he's at home spending time with his wife, 2 kids, and Dessie the Boston Terrier.
Director of Sales
Josh has been in the beer business since 2007, and with Black Oak since 2016. After retiring from the beer business back in 2014, he met Ken at a Georgapalooza, and decided to break back into the craft beer industry with Black Oak. Josh grew up in the Toronto area, and moved to Guelph in 2005. Josh started out as the territory sales manager for the Guelph community and surrounding area, and now holds the position as Director of Sales. On his spare time, Josh is an avid supporter of Arts and Culture in the Guelph community, General Manager and Founding Partner at Turtleshell Studio, and a season ticket holder with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Marketing & Events Manager
Joining Black Oak in 2017, Brittany is new to the Craft Beer Industry coming in with a strong background in restaurant management and marketing coordination. If she's not in the office, you’ll most likely see her pouring pints at your local festival or greeting you here at the brewery. If you don’t see her during your visit, she’s probably out fishing somewhere in cottage country sipping on a Beat the Heat.