Chilliwack, B.C – March 10, 2014 – Artisans Ales is pleased to announce their purchase of the Old Yale Brewery, effective March 1, 2014.
The new owners come with a proven track record of successful, family owned companies, and a long, deep rooted history in the province of British Columbia. The new owners will bring their expertise in consumer product goods, distribution, operations management and mechanical systems processes to a growing brewery and brand.
The 2Story Group, founded by two local entrepreneurs, actively manages several successful businesses. The consumer products division is led by Petcurean, one of Canada’s largest family owned pet food companies selling product in twenty eight countries. The 2Story Group is also active in hospitality and commercial real estate. In addition, the new ownership group brings in expertise and vast experience in mechanical systems installation and service.
Long-time brewmaster, and Old Yale founder, Larry Caza, has proven himself to be one of the BC’s premier brewers of high quality beer. Larry will continue to brew Old Yale’s award winning core lineup of beers, and he looks forward to bringing some great new seasonal and limited release brews to the marketplace in the near future.
Newly appointed Operations Manager, Zach VanLeeuwen, is a graduate of the UFV Bachelor of Business program with a specialization in Operations Management. Over the past five years, Zach has gained wide-ranging experience in both brand and operational management in the tourism and hospitality industries. When asked about the opportunity with the new ownership, Zach shared “I’m excited to be joining such a dynamic industry and building a strong team that meets the needs of our customers. Old Yale is a brand that craft beer drinkers have come to know and love, and we look forward to building on this award winning tradition. With a strong active ownership group and an award winning brewmaster we know we can take the brewery to the next level.”
Connect with Old Yale Brewing:
Zach VanLeeuwen – Operations Manager