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KPU & Trading Post Honour John Mitchell With Scholarship

Craft beer legend John Mitchell honoured at KPU brewing lab

Langley, B.C. – Ensuring the future of craft brewers, Trading Post Brewing presented a scholarship for KPU students in John Mitchell’s name. Commonly referred to as the father of craft beer in Canada, Mitchell worked to change legislation and opened a micro-brewery and Canada’s first in-house brewpub in the early ’80s.


John Mitchell enjoying KPU’s vanilla porter in the brewing lab. Every Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., student-brewed beer is available for purchase in KPU’s Langley campus brew lab. To learn more, visit,


Left to right: Pamela Pittman, advancement officer, KPU; Dominic Bernard, brewing instructor, KPU, Alek Egi, brewing program coordinator and instructor, KPU; Steve Lewarne, executive director, office of advancement, KPU; Johnathan Mrak, student, KPU, John Mitchell; Nathan Spruit, student, KPU; John Ohler, manager of sales & business, TPB; Lance Verhoeff, founder and GM, TPB; Tony Dewald, brewmaster, TPB; Paul Verhoeff, owner, TPB.


  1. Mike
    Mike 26 January, 2017, 13:42

    That is really cool that they were able to do it in John Mitchell’s name. Not only is he the father or maybe grandfather of Modern craft beer in BC but he is also an amazingly nice and down to earth man. I was lucky to meet him a few years back at the BC Beer Awards.

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