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.
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.
Hailing from Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Amanda started her craft beer career with Left Field in 2015 when our tap room bar was plywood and we had no tables. Amanda grew up watching and playing sports, and is particularly fond of scorekeeping, a skill her grandfather taught her as a child. Amanda’s favourite style is berliner-weisse (don’t forget the woodruff!), but can always go for a crushable Ice Cold Beer. When Amanda isn’t at the brewery (and even when she is) she is busy being a Mom!
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.
Growing up in a small town in Norfolk County, Merissa always felt drawn to the city and finally made her way here after living in Oshawa while she studied Design. Merissa began her career in small marketing firms as a well-rounded team player, picking up new skills and leading her on the path to Left Field. In her spare time, Merissa is an avid home baker and is learning to throw pottery.
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 graining-out, Kevin is a taste panel all-star with a nose for off-flavours. He’s also been known to spontaneously cut a rug.
Born in East York and raised in Scarborough, Pat is a chemical engineer who has worked in a variety of jobs, from a bike shop to Toronto Hydro. When he’s not busy on the production floor, you can find him in the stands with a beer, preferably a Berliner Weisse or Oud Bruin.
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Alex is a former English Teacher turned Production Assistant with a passion for home brewing, playing bass and 80s action flicks. He also collects snow globes from all over the world and his favourite beer is a toss-up between Hefeweizen and ESB. You can catch Alex working hard on the production floor wearing many hats to help keep the brewery organized and production running smoothly.
Wilson hails from beautiful Caledon, Ontario, and when he’s not taking care of business on the production floor, you can find him on the field as catcher, or at the very least, a really supportive first base coach. He keeps himself busy with hobbies like trail running, tennis, and loads of video games. Wilson comes to us from his past work with our good friends at Pilot Coffee Roaster – which explains his obsession with big, rich imperial stouts.
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.
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.
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 out taking care of our east end licensee partners, or DJing house music, you can find him in the stands taking in a ball game (or subbing in at catcher).
Hailing from Perth, Ontario, Tye is the meanest shortstop this side of the DVP. From working on his family’s chicken farm to becoming our all-star delivery driver, you can find him dropping off fresh beer to your favourite bars and restaurants all over the city. When he’s not on the road, Tye enjoys building kegerators and sipping on IPAs and sour ales – but his real weak spot is a well-made porter.
Hailing from far-off Glasgow, Scotland, Paul is a one-time cricket player turned outfielder who prefers funky saisons, New England IPAs and creating wild home brew – like his signature chalet dipping sauce Pale Ale. Originally working in the field of corporate business analysis, Paul can now be found delivering Left Field favourites to Taps all over the city!
Born and raised in Toronto, Sav is a former outfielder and rookie ball coach with a passion for IPAs and a newfound love for sours. Her career as a ballplayer was sidelined suddenly by a cake decorating injury, but that doesn’t stop her from cooking up delicious BBQ for family and friends – or obsessing over Tom Cruise and indie horror flicks.
Hailing from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Danielle is a former high school pitching legend turned beer league third base superstar. When she’s not at the brewery, you can find her camping and portaging or immersed in the competitive backgammon circuit – all while sipping on tasty IPAs or saisons.
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.
Say hello to Omar, one of our outstanding Tap Room all-stars. Born in Toronto and raised in St Catharines, Omar is an outfielder looking for that next big wall catch – or in the Flight Deck enjoying the view. Omar digs hazy IPAs and clean, crisp lagers. However, nothing compares to his love of guitar. Working towards his degree in jazz guitar, Omar writes for Canadian Music Magazine and is a qualified guitar tech and songwriter.
After bouncing all over the GTA growing up, Eponine’s family settled on a farm in Myrtle Station, Ontario. Fast forward to present day and you can find her showing of perfect pours, great beer recommendations and a passion for helping people in our Tap Room and Bottle Shop. A former pitcher for her high school softball team, Eponine comes to Left Field from further East pals Rouge River Brewery in Markham. A full time pre-production producer in the movie world, craft beer is her second love after film – when she’s not painting or reading cheesy old detective novels that is.
Hannah hails from Hamilton, and has lived in Markham, Whitby, St. Catharines and Kingston, (plus Spain, Sweden, China, and Cuba in between!) settling in Toronto in 2010, never more than a ten minute walk from Left Field. Hannah has a Masters in Critical Social Theory from Queen’s University and half a PhD from The European Graduate School (completed in the Swiss Alps!). When Hannah isn’t working in the Bottle Shop, she’s watching Disney+, working as a College Professor, or hanging with her rescue dog, Arlo, who’s from Texas!