THE FEDERATION OF BEER
The Federation Of Beer began in the small town of Vulcan, Alta.,Canada, pop. 1,836 (the official Star Trek capital of Canada).
The townspeople hold an annual Star Trek convention — Spock Days— celebrating the fact the character (played by actor Leonard Nimoy) was born on the far off planet of Vulcan (god of fire on Roman myth). "Vulcan Ale" was the first episode released in Canada during Season One and corresponded with the premiere of the "Star Trek Into Darkness".
The Federation's Prime Directive: to produce high quality Craft Beer, to honour Gene Roddenberry's legacy, and to unite both Star Trek and Craft Beer fans.
Mike Lozar - Art Director/Graphic Designer and Merchandising Consultant
Mike Lozar came to the Federation by way of Brewery Art International, a graphic design and illustration company . Mike’s duties in the Federation are to oversee art direction and general graphic design red shirt duties. While serving in the US Air force Mike was baptized in the Star Trek mythos, with three hours a day of Trek as part of his pre work ritual, beginning with the Original Series, the Next Generation and ending with Deep Space Nine as he left for work.
Besides making beer look good, Mike is a journeyman historian helping his father curate their Montana Brewery History Museum in Polson Montana on the south shore of Flathead Lake.
Dr. Richard Weger - Director of Fan Engagement
Dr.Richard Weger is The Federation's resident Vulcan and Veterinarian. Dr.Weger spent his early youth defending the Earth from evil galactic forces in his backyard fortress. After preventing the global annihilation of civilization as we know it, he went on to attend the University Of Alberta and graduated with a degree in Genetics.
However, recognizing society's need for a Vulcan Veterinarian, Dr.Weger completed his DVM at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and developed a special interest in Xenobiological (exotic) medicine. Although he has yet to spay or neuter a Tribble, he remains ever vigil. He also sits side by side with his comrades on the Federation Council.
THE FEDERATION COUNCIL:
Paul Carreau - Creative Consultant for the Klingon Empire
Twenty five years in the Canadian Armed Forces, Paul Carreau served in five Commands as an Administrator. Paul had the privilege to serve in Air Command, Force Mobile Command (Army), Maritime Command (Navy), Training Command and Signals Command. He earned Canada's Decoration with Clasp (CD) and retired from the Military in 2000.
Paul is an avid, some say rabid, Science Fiction Fan. He helped organize two Science Fiction Conventions in Halifax and two in Calgary. Paul has attended numerous conventions in North America. For the past eighteen years he has been involved in the Klingon Assault Group (K.A.G.) Kanada. For ten of those years Paul was the Senior Command Officer.
Keith Ogilvie, Director of Draft Installations
Keith Ogilvie is the Federation's is “Director of Flow” ensuring that draft beer flows freely within the
Federation.Keith has vast experience following careers from work on a deep sea trawler off the east coast of Canada to the Canadian military in engineering as a sapper, diver and intelligence.. Keith has been an active supporter of the Federation of Beer since its inception and over the past 20 years Keith has owned and operated a company servicing and installing Refrigeration & Draft Beer Dispense Equipment . Over the years Keith has aided in the development of beer dispensing and delivery systems. I enjoy working in the craft beer industry meeting people and sharing information and excitement for the trade.
Witold Szczepaniak - COOL USA
(Chief Operating Officer Logistics - USA)
Witold Szczepaniak is the Federation's import and logistics director based in Seattle Washington. Over the past 16 years, Witold has introduced into the Seattle region some of the world's most acclaimed craft brews through his beer distribution and importation company, Browar Polska Inc, which operates down the road from Safeco Field near downtown Seattle.
Witold is one of the original supporters of the Seattle International Beer Fest which remains one of United States premier summer beer festivals and is active in the local Craft beer community.
Vern Raincock - COOL Khan'ada
(Chief Operating Officer - Logistics - Canada)
Vern Raincock, is the founder of Delancey Direct Incorporated (DDI), a recognized leader craft beer distribution in Canada. A successful entrepreneur, Vern is also a seasoned Executive with large corporate experience in both consumer products marketing and transportation/logistics services. Prior to the founding of DDI, Vern was central buyer with Canada’s largest grocery retailer and later held the position Merchandise
Director with a cash and carry grocery chain that had a strategic alliance with the largest wholesale club
operator in the world. Moving to the transportation industry, Vern led several ‘cost reduction’ sourcing initiatives which provided significant savings to one of Canada's largest railway operators. A graduate of the University of Victoria, Vern and his wife have two children.