You might call it magic. Perhaps you call it luck. But in reality it all comes down to this…
(Sound Science + Good Taste)4 × Art8 = (Great Beer)12
There is a fundamental basis of biology and chemistry that guides the fermentation process and enables the creation of consistently great beers.
Category 12’s head brewer and founder, Michael Kuzyk, has been brewing beer for nearly 20 years and has his doctorate in microbiology and biochemistry from UVic. But all work and no play makes… well, you know the rest. After leading the creation of several world-class research labs, he decided it was time to make his own – dedicated to the pursuit of exceptional beer.
The C12 Thesis
Bold beers for strong minds. With Michael’s continual tinkering, you can expect a continually expanding line of seasonal releases, including those that pay homage to our favourite big Belgians and hoppy Northwestern ales.
We make beers that we like to drink, and we’ve learned how to play nicely, we share!
Michael’s obsession with great beer, recipe optimization, and meticulous record keeping practices–honed during his research days–make him a brewer to be reckoned with.
Don’t Worry. I’m a Doctor.
Michael started brewing his own beer in the mid-1990s, during graduate studies. Hundreds of Untappd check-ins later, his passion for brewing finally prevailed and his wife Karen conceded to the inevitable.
In preparation for launching Category 12, they both travelled up and down the West Coast, visiting and talking to the very best brewmasters and building a beer-making syllabus that is sure to cement their uniquely precise place in this exciting industry.
The Future of the Brew
Michael experiments with a 50 L pilot brew bench that allows him to fine tune recipes that scale to our 1,500 L production capacity-and we have more than a few on the books. Our brewhouse is proudly made on the Island, just around the corner from the brewery. Specific Mechanical has made over 350 brewing systems over the last 25 years, and ours is the first one they will be able to walk over and enjoy in person.
But good beer doesn’t do any good if no one knows about it! Enter Jeff Kendrew, our Sales & Marketing Manager who is a Certified Cicerone® and co-founder of Victoria Beer Week. Jeff will be introducing you to Category 12 beers at your local pubs, liquor stores and festivals. Watch for him – but be careful as his passion is contagious!
Welcome to the Ultimate Lab
Category 12 is the complete Northwest craft brewery experience. We look forward to welcoming fellow craft beer aficionados into our “growler testing facility”, where beer always comes first.
To repeatedly produce top quality craft beers that stand out from the crowd – and keep customers returning for more–requires both creativity and intense attention to detail. We’ve got both. Welcome to our lab.