Featured Vancouverite: Gary Lohin

Hometown: North Vancouver, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? I’ve been a Vancouverite all my life. I was born and raised here.

My occupation is Brewmaster of Central City Brewers and Distillers/Red Racer beers. I have been professionally brewing since 1990, and homebrewing for 10 years prior to that. I am currently overseeing a major expansion of Central City Brewing, at a second nearby location, which will allow us to increase production and introduce new and cutting edge beers and spirits. Oh yes, I did say distillers! We are also adding two stills within our new facility to create some new and exciting distilled products such as whisky and gin. I think the next craft wave will come in the spirits market.

The best way to spend a Saturday night in the city:
Barbecuing and drinking beer with friends after I’ve finishing my mountain bike ride on Mt Seymour.

Favourite Vancouver bar:
My favourite bar in Vancouver is the Alibi Room. They have a huge draft selection of some of the best beers in North America and the world. They don’t scrimp on the food either, as they have a menu that compliments the beer when paired together. The staff there are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and I feel like family when I’m there.

Best way to spend $25 in Vancouver:
Give it to my kids so they get out of the house!

Do you know someone who would be a great featured Vancouverite? Let us know in the comment box below!

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3 Responses to Featured Vancouverite: Gary Lohin

  1. Blaine Lambert, Chief Operating Officer of Cruise Experts Travel in Kerrisdale, would be a great featured Vancouverite. He’s a visionary and has transformed the travel agency from a brick and mortar business (relying on walk-in traffic) to a very successful online one (opening the doors internally) while maintaining the human touch (receptionist answers phone and clients work with travel experts one-on-one). The agency has continued to stay ahead of the curve under his leadership, particularly with the introduction of an exclusive vacation experience not offered anywhere else, not even the cruise lines.

    • Thanks for the recommendation, Vanny. I’ll reach out to Blaine this week to see if he is game.

  2. Heather

    Hi Ehren, I think Koyali Burman would be great to include as a featured Vancouverite. Koyali works at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, where she coordinates and manages a number of community development projects. South Van Neighbourhood House is also a community organizer for a program called Safe Harbour: Repsect for All, and Koyali coordinates and facilitates this program for all of the city of Vancouver. Safe Harbour is focused on creating welcoming and inclusive workplaces and communities by taking a stand against racism and hate. Koyali’s commitment to building community and encouraging respect for diversity and equitable treatment for all is admirable and inspiring, and I think she deserves recognition for her great work!