Our Story

A monk sits, furiously scratching away at his parchment.
It is near dawn and his candles have burnt down to near nothing. Still, he cannot rest until he’s finished. He won’t rest.
Open jars of grains surround him, some spilled next to his parchment.
He runs his hands through them before bringing them to his nose.
He smiles as he lifts his parchment into the light. After countless experiments, this is it. The perfect recipe. A beer fine enough to share. This Monk isn't your typical devotee. He has an unmatched passion for his craft and the will to go anywhere to find the right ingredients. And tonight, his devotion to his craft has paid off.
The trouble is, he will never stop searching for the next perfect recipe...

GRAEME BREDO

CO-FOUNDER

Graeme is an integral part of the Troubled Monk. His focus for the brewery is on quality and direction. He has the ability to look at everything in a unique way, combining Art and Science.

Favorite Style: Pale Ale

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

CHARLIE BREDO

CO-FOUNDER

Since opening Troubled Monk with Graeme in June 2015, Charlie has focused the majority of his time on the business side of the brewery. Charlie has a passion for Red Deer and anything local. His intent has been to supply Red Deer and the rest of Alberta with world class beer and have a ton of fun along the way.

Favorite Style: Pale Ale

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

GARRET HAYNES

HEAD BREWER

Garret joined Troubled Monk after graduating with distinction from the first year of the Old's College Brewmaster program. He joined Troubled Monk early on, developing Troubled Monk's 4 core recipes. Garret has been an essential member of the team, and has contributed greatly to the success of the brewery.

Favorite Style: Doppelbonk

Trouble Monk Favorite: Open Road

BUD KELLY

SALES

Bud looks after local sales right here in Red Deer, as well as Southern Alberta. Bud offers an abundance of fresh, new ideas. He has a love of beer and people, as well as the most ironic name in all of craft beer!

Favorite Style: COLD!

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

CHRIS CONNELLY

SALES

Chris joins the Troubled Monk team with a ton of liquor store management and beer sales experience. Having entered the industry in 2011, he has been propagating the craft beer explosion in Alberta ever since. He is currently working towards closing in on 3000 individual beer reviews.

Favorite Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

Tanis McOuat

Taproom Manager

Tanis joined the team in fall of 2017. She looks after all things involving the taproom, as well as promotions, community engagement, events and social media. She enjoys being a part of the dynamic Troubled Monk team, as well as the exciting craft beer industry!

Favorite Style: All of it.

Trouble Monk Favorite: Open Road

Jesse Thompson

Brewer

Originally from Kelowna BC, Jesse moved to Alberta 5 years ago. He has been home brewing for 4 years, and joined the Troubled Monk team in August 2016. He loves to snowboard, fish, travel, and drink beer.

Favorite Style: IPA

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

Andrew Bromley

Brewer

Starting as a home brewer just over three years ago, Andrew is happy to be a part of the team of brewers at Troubled Monk.

Favorite Style: Vienna Lager

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

Stephen Ross

taproom expert

Steve’s expertise for beer shines as soon as you discuss the topic with him. As a BJCP recognized judge, and a Cicerone Certified Server, Steve is brimming with opinions and enthusiasm surrounding beer!

Favorite Style: Extra Special Bitter

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

EVA WRIGHT

TAPROOM EXPERT

Eva has great enthusiasm for Troubled Monk beer, as well as for her customers. She is fantastic at engaging customers in Trouble Monk, and all it has to offer!

Favorite Style: Pale Ales/IPA

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

Jennifer Engler

Taproom Expert

A performing arts graduate, Jennifer recently returned to Red Deer after 3 years at sea with Disney Cruise Lines. She is a Red Deer native, and a fantastic addition to the taproom at Troubled Monk.

Favorite Style: Czech Pilsner

Trouble Monk Favorite: Golden Gaetz

Todd Lawrence

Chief of Craft Soda/Brewer

Todd bought a copy of Charlie P's book in 1990 coincident with his first year of college, and soon learnt about the economy of home-brewing. Todd kit-brewed occasionally until a chum invited him to build an all-grain brew. Hooked! He was quite chuffed to join the team as chief of craft soda & packaging engineer.

Favorite Style: COLD

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

Alastair Richards

Brewer

Al started drinking beer at his favourite 1,000 year old pub in Buckinghamshire, England. A couple years ago, he found his way to (not so local) Alberta, and joined the Troubled Monk team as a brewer in August 2017. He is excited to learn all there is to know about distilling alcohol.

Favorite Style: Extra Special Bitter

Trouble Monk Favorite: Open Road

Eric Croswell

Brewer

Eric grew up in Alix Alberta, and spent some time working for Rahr Malting. Eric helps with quality control, safety, and general brewery operations. He hopes to one day own his own brewery.

Favorite Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig

Tony Scott

Brewer

Tony started his career in the brewing industry with Drummond in the fall of 2007. By mid '08 he was the production manager and brewer’s assistant. When it comes to brewery operations, he comes with lots of experience! He's excited to learn more about the beer brewing side of things here at the Monk.

Favorite Style: Euro Lager

Trouble Monk Favorite: Open Road

Lauren Pezzella

Taproom Expert

Lauren is a native Red Deerian, and an avid Quidditch player and coach. Lauren is working towards her degree in Business Administration, and looking forward to joining the Troubled Monk team!

Favorite Style: All of it!

Trouble Monk Favorite: Golden Gaetz

Vanessa Mariani

Taproom Expert

Vanessa moved from Toronto to Red Deer because she heard the beer was better. She is a second year accounting student at the Donald School of Business, and a promising athlete in any Beer Olympic activities.

Favorite Style: Hefeweizen

Trouble Monk Favorite: Homesteader

Ben Crothers

Brand Ambassador

Look for Ben at tastings and beer events in the Edmonton area!

Favorite Style:

Trouble Monk Favorite: Pesky Pig