Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, Mark Murphy has been an avid baseball player and fan since his t-ball days. Usually found coaching or playing third base, some of Mark’s favourite beer styles include saisons and IPAs. Mark left his past life as a Chartered Accountant and worked his way through the brewing industry’s farm system. After graduating from Niagara College’s inaugural brewing program and working for Canada’s largest brewery, he opened Left Field Brewery with Mandie in 2013.
Originally from Brampton, Ontario, Mandie can often be found snagging ground balls at second base or meticulously scorekeeping. A fan of sour ales, IPAs and porters, Mandie actually hated beer until the summer of 2010, when she discovered flavourful craft beers. She works tirelessly to craft the Left Field brand with a keen eye and attention to detail.
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Rob is a technically-minded guy who loves using science to make delicious things. You can find him on the mound throwing his signature changeup and always on a mission to throw the perfect knuckleball. He loves modern, hoppy beers that are aromatic, juicy and possess a gentle bitterness. A former Dungeon Master, Rob has come a long way from his first job in a DNA lab diagnosing blood diseases.
Hailing from beautiful St. John’s, Newfoundland, Dan has spent most of his life on the island. While not a baseball fan, he prefers spending a few hours making pizza from scratch and sipping on a beer (preferably a Berliner Weisse, Flanders Red or lambic). Dan is a former conservation biologist and avid hiker/mountain biker/snowboarder and once spent three summers living in a tent in the mountains of Northern Labrador collecting data.
Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Andrew is an aging pitcher that can still manage to throw some heat every once in a while – much like his hero, John Smoltz. When it comes to beer, he enjoys them as dank as they come. An expert in all things Canadiana (he even won a timbit eating competition – twice!), he unapologetically enjoys Nickelback and got his first job in brewing by sneaking into production at a notable Niagara brewery and never leaving. Andrew is also a talented cook, specifically in the area of latin food. Need a great Mote Pillo recipe? He’s your man!
Born and raised in Malvern, Ontario, Kevin left the automotive repair industry, pursuing his passion for quality craft beer through a position on the Left Field roster. A ballplayer since the age of four, you can find Kevin on the base path, stretching singles into triples. His ideal paring is 1000+ ft of skiable powder, fresh beer and pizza. When not milling, packaging or helping with grain-out, Kevin is a taste panel all-star with a nose for off-flavours. He’s also been known to spontaneously cut a rug.
Basile was born and raised in the Champagne region of Reims, France, where he spent his teenage years working in vineyards. A former Head Chef at Coq of the Walk, Basile is constantly cooking up a storm and sipping on IPAs and sours. When he’s not on the production floor taking on any number of tough tasks, you can find him on the basketball court, soccer pitch, or anywhere outdoors.
Hauling kegs around the city with a smile, Tory is our super-outgoing man-about-town. He’s a YouTube Auto-Tune rap sensation and a fashion entrepreneur. A country boy who once lived in the Miss Vickie’s (potato chips) barn, Tory has recently come to love big city living and finds his way around the streets of T.O. like a pro.
Patrick is a former gym junky turned craft beer instablogger, hailing from Sault Ste Marie. Having worked in major sales roles for larger companies in the past, you can find Patrick taking good care of our friends and accounts around town – and enjoying sours and dank IPAs in his off time. Follow his adventures through craft beer on Instagram at @craft_connoisseur.
Tyson hails from the wonderful, used-to-be small town of Bowmanville, Ontario. While a former first baseman in his younger years, he is always up to the challenges of any sport. Having worked in the craft beer industry for several years, he enjoys the regional versatility of saisons and the unique characteristics that come with that style. Tyson is an avid concert-goer and proposed to his fiancé at Riot Fest in 2015.
Hailing from Richmond Hill, Dorian is an avid baseball fan and an expert first baseman. When he’s not dropping off kegs to some of your favourite bars and restaurants, he enjoys drinking big, hoppy beers – specifically Double IPAs and Black IPAs. Before joining the Left Field team, he was tour manager for Canadian punk band, The Flatliners, and jumped into the beer world with one of Guelph’s most notable craft breweries. Dorian is a snowboarder, record collector and bobblehead enthusiast.
Originally from Pickering, Ontario, Justin is a second baseman, center fielder, and Prud’homme Certified Beer Sommelier. After working for almost a decade with the tech industry’s largest company, he pursued a new career in the wide world of craft beer. He loves refreshing saisons, tart sours and can’t resist a blistering air-guitar solo.
Hailing from Bobcaygeon, Ontario, where the constellations reveal themselves one star at a time, Amanda plays first-base or catcher and loves a good Berliner Weisse. When not in the tap room serving up smiles and great beer, she is a scorekeeping master, a skill first taught to her by her grandfather.
Our favourite American import, Caitlin hails from Lansing, Michigan. While not a ballplayer, she’d much rather take in the game with a beer in hand than hit the field. She enjoys an array of IPAs and a well-made Berliner Weisse and also possesses a world of in-depth coffee knowledge. Caitlin is a cross-stitching master and shares her talent and creativity through a series of interactive classes in Toronto.
Mike hails from Crowcombe, Somerset, England, located nowhere near London. New to the game, Mike has discovered a talent for snatching up dingers in the outfield with his “baseball mitten”. He’s a longtime fan of IPAs but has become partial to dry-hopped sours. He has worked in a number of UK craft breweries, honing his skills. He is a dog lover and self-declared “pizza beast” and contrary to popular belief, is most certainly NOT Australian.
Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Emily is an adventure seeker, always on the lookout for the next new experience. While not a baseball player, she loves hanging out in the bleachers with cold beers and enjoying the sunshine. Emily loves the bitter bite and citrus flavours of a well-hopped IPA and is fascinated by the versatility of hops.
Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, Matt is an illustrator, self-published comic book author, avid home brewer and a sucker for a big, barrel-aged stouts. While he played short stop in little league, he was also a decent cricket bowler. While in Brisbane, Matt designed and illustrated beer labels for several small breweries. He also worked for the Scratch, a Brisbane beer bar at the forefront of Australia’s craft scene.
Hailing from Manitoulin Island, Kristen is a highly knowledgable beer server with a permanent smile who embodies the idea of “never not working”. When she’s not serving up perfect pours in our tap room, you can find her helping customers at Bar Hop, one of Toronto’s best spots for craft beer. She’s a huge fan of sour stouts, but is currently into refreshing, citrusy session IPAs. In her free time she’s an avid road-tripper and loves to relax at home in her sloth onesie.
Originally from Markham, Kevin is a craft beer fanatic and home brewer who has pretty much worked every job from tech journalist to dog walker. He enjoys saisons, sours and any style with bright tropical, citrus flavours. When he’s not serving up beers and great conversations in our Tap Room, or DJing house music, you can find him in the stands taking in a ball game (or subbing in at catcher).
Hailing from Brampton, Ontario, Ricardo is a power hitter, agile shortstop and a scourge of the gridiron. When he’s not in the tap room mesmerizing guests with his smile, you can find him in the gym or sipping on the darkest beer he can get his hands on. An avid traveller, Ricardo loves exploring new places and has spent the last three New Year’s Eves in a different time zone.
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