Introducing Kevin Emms – our Director of Operations and man of many talents

“Continuous improvement” is what Mod Beverage’s Director of Operations Kevin Emms is striving for when it comes to looking ahead in 2022 for the company. Kevin came on board recently to look after all aspects of operations and production at Mod Beverage, which includes making sure all of the departments of brewing, cellaring, packaging, quality maintenance and innovation are all working and moving together as a cohesive and successful unit. Together, he says, will maximize opportunities for the company.  

Kevin is no stranger when it comes to growing successful brewing companies and has been doing so for the last decade. Kevin found his love of beer through the influence of his dad, who loved to crack open a beer at the end of the day and proclaim just how good it was. 

Inspired and ready to learn more, Kevin did his Master’s in Brewing and Distilling in Scotland where he was able to hone his love of the world’s most enjoyed beverage. When Kevin returned to Canada, he was hired into a startup but within a few months became Head Brewer at a large brewery.  

A few years later Kevin was headhunted to over to Granville Island Brewing as a brew master, which was an exciting change to be a part of Canada’s oldest micro-brewery (and a part of Molson Coors). This 6-year journey meant a big education, insight and training in corporate brewing. It was here Kevin also met Mod Beverage’s Founder and President, Paul Mroczek, which would prove to be serendipitous as it would eventually lead Kevin to Mod Beverage that would lead to something different, with a new set of challenges.  

Kevin loves the industry for there are plenty of new and unique problems to solve and a chance to work with diverse and talented people. Outside of Mod Beverage, Kevin is a drummer in a local Vancouver metal band and when asked what his favourite Spectrum beer is, it was “Fuzzy Peach Sour!” without a beat. Things always end up just the way they should, and we’re glad to have Kevin with us here at Mod Beverage. 

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 modbeverage.easyapply.co.