“I love beer and building things.
Usually at the same time.”
Cam Hartley is a jack of all trades — he’s a carpenter turned paramedic turned high school teacher turned Principal of Schoolhouse Brewery. He started brewing beer in the basement of his homestead at the refurbished Falmouth School #9. It quickly became a hobby gone out of control, so he registered the name “Schoolhouse Brewery” in 2008. After developing several innovative systems to brew better beer, Cam took Schoolhouse Brewery to a commercial market in 2014. In 2017, he moved the business to his new taproom and brewery at 40 Water Street, Windsor, where people from across Canada can now enjoy delicious Schoolhouse beer.
“Get 'er done.”
Bus Driver (Head Brewer)
A brewer at heart, working as a full-time Systems Administrator in the city wasn’t hands-on enough for Leigh. After cultivating his home brewing and wine making skills (and winning two Bronze medals from the Nova Scotia Amature Wine Association), he started volunteering at Schoolhouse Brewery. From keg washing to growler filling, Leigh worked his way to the top and is now the Head Brewer. His personal beer recipes include the Staffroom Stout, Scratch Plaskett (collaboration with Good Robot), Vice Principal Pale Ale, and Summer Break Witbier, and Recess Pilsner.
“I swear if I hear one more Eagles song...”
Educational Assistant (Brewing Assistant)
Reed got to know Schoolhouse beer after buying a ton of it at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market. After talking Cam’s ear off about fermentation methods and yeast, he had no choice but to hire Reed as a Brewing Assistant. Shortly after, Reed went on exchange to Canmore, Alberta, working as a “Glue-Master” (boxing and bottling) at the Grizzly Paw Brewing Company. There, he became an unofficial brewery tour guide, a talent he happily continues at Schoolhouse Brewery. He is the co-creator of the Summer Break Witbier.
“We're going whole hog!”
Guidance Counselor (Taproom Manager)
A ten year veteran of the beer and restaurant industry, Heidi knew she would be the Taproom Manager at Schoolhouse Brewery before Cam did — it came to her in a beer-fuelled premonition. Heidi is equal parts tough and sassy — she keeps the boys in line and drinks her stout from a stemmed glass.
Kitchen Manager (Lunch Lady)
Telesa didn’t let growing up beside a potato field in PEI turn her off from root vegetables. Yes, her favourite food is potatoes, which is totally not a stereotype so don’t worry about it. A former photographer, she has been working as a cook and baker for the past five years. You’ll find her in the Schoolhouse Kitchen whipping up some beer-infused recipes.
“What if we did it this way.. _______?”
When Mike left his 10 year career as a Production Engineer Tech he joined the Schoolhouse team where he could be immersed in one of his favorite hobbies… craft beer! Now, in addition to working in the Taproom, Mike spends his time and talents on Barker Visual, his own photography/videography business… That is when he’s not off globetrotting with his wife, or building motorcycles, or making new how-to’s for his YouTube channel, Or… well you get the picture.
“Keep fit and have fun!”
Don’t let that warm smile fool you, Shane has put in some serious tough labor Tree Planting his way through a Kinesiology Degree at SMU in the Australian and Canadian Outbacks.
Upon returning to his childhood home in Falmouth with his newly wed bride, Shane joined the Schoolhouse team… going from long time mega fan to a pint slinging, Beer Ninja!
“Why did the surfer not save the drowning man? Cause he was too far out duuude.”
When she isn’t handing in reports at the last minute, Alexa can be found working in the kitchen at Schoolhouse Brewery.
Despite having a conversation with her mother long ago (when she was totally of drinking age… of course) about how she will never be a beer drinker, a waterfront brewery in her home town was built and thus began her journey. (Ps. she now enjoys a good IPA)
“I’m going to go stand outside. If anyone asks, i’m outstanding!”
Dana is no stranger to keeping rowdy crowds in in line– in addition to her role as Assistant Manager at Schoolhouse, she also manages the Acadia Women’s Rugby Team. So don’t try to pull a fast one on her… she’ll tackle you! Her skills as a certified Life Coach also come in handy at the bar, but be warned she charges by the teardrop.
“There’s always time for sleep when you’re dead…”
Mitch has an Honours B.A in English Literature. He’s read a lot of stories, but the one about an old schoolhouse that was turned into a microbrewery is still one of the most interesting he has found. When Schoolhouse offered him the opportunity to work every single weekend on top of his full time job, he didn’t as much as bat an eye! A sense of adventure and trying new things (beer) is close to his heart.