MOD Beverage earns Living Wage designation

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re the first brewery in Metro Vancouver to earn the Living Wage designation.

We’ve always committed to paying our staff and contracted workers a wage that’s appropriate and necessary for the region, and we’re excited to be officially recognized for it. In order to meet the Living Wage requirements, we gave raises to a quarter of our brewery staff – 13 people in total.

The living wage is the hourly amount a family needs to cover basic expenses. The calculation is based on a two-parent family with two children – the most common family unit in BC – with each parent working full-time. The Living Wage for the Metro-Vancouver is $19.50 an hour.

“For us, it’s simple – paying a living wage is the right thing to do, if it means our team is more content and secure financially. This way, everybody wins,” says Paul Mroczek, MOD Beverage founder and president.

Certifying as a Living Wage Employer is a voluntary commitment that employers make to invest in their communities and local economies. There are 250 Living Wage Employers in BC, with over 30,000 employees who don’t need to worry about how they will afford rent, food and other essentials for their family because they are guaranteed to earn a Living Wage.

“We hope other breweries in the area follow this example and pay their employees the living wage,” Mroczek says. “It not only makes sense for the community, but from a business perspective you gain a more dedicated and loyal workforce.”

We’re currently hiring for various positions, so if you or anyone you know is interested in working for us – and getting paid a Living Wage, of course! – visit

Spectrum hits the streets!

Spectrum Beer may not have a tasting room (yet!), but there’s still a way to try out our beer – for free!

Just in time for the end of summer, we’ll be hitting the streets of Downtown Vancouver, handing out free samples plucked from our top-selling Margarita Machine and Sour Pack Mix Packs. With restrictions lifting, we want to make the best of the rest of the summer and offer everyone a little taste of the excitement we’ve been brewing.

“This is all about being a part of the community, letting people know that we’re a local brand and that we have a lot to offer,” says Paul Mroczek. “We’re really pushing the boundaries of flavour with our beer, and we think we offer something for everyone, even if you usually don’t enjoy beer.”

Each of the eight beers available in the two mix packs will be available to try. These include:

  • Margarita Gose, the lime flavoured Gose that inspired the Margarita Machine mixer
  • Blue Raspberry Margarita Gose, which has been the breakout hit of the mixer
  • Strawberry Margarita Gose, which offers all the delights of the classic margarita flavour
  • Watermelon Margarita Gose, which offers a new twist to the format
  • Hot Pink Lemonade Sour, our top-selling six pack
  • Mango Punch Sour, the latest addition to the new Sour Pack, launched this year
  • Fuzzy Peach Spur, another breakout hit from these mix packs
  • Cherry Blast Sour, which tastes just like the classic sour candy.

This week, you can catch us roving Denman Street, beginning Friday, Aug. 13, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 14, from 1-5 p.m. Next week, we’ll be on Robson Street, between Denman and Burrard, beginning Friday, Aug. 20, from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 21, from 1-5 p.m.  Hopefully you were able to catch us in Olympic Village last weekend as well.

We will be handing our full can samples and ask that you please make sure to enjoy these samples at home – or at a designated public park that allows alcohol in parks.

You may be seeing even more of us in the Fall, handing out what will be our latest (and arguably greatest) flavours. We might even have something to giveaway besides the beer. Who knows!

If you can’t wait to try a free sample or loved what you tried, check out our beer locator to find a retailer carrying our products near you! Make sure to follow us at @spectrumbeer while you’re at it.