Things have changed exponentially for us since Aug. 12, 2013 — the day we made our first sale in Alberta. We started in an eight-foot-by-ten-foot tool shed and now we’re in a 15,000 square-foot industrial bay. And yeah, it grows all the time.
I was talking to Graham (Co-owner & Co-founder, Tool Shed Brewing Company) a few weeks ago about how ridiculous this thing is and how we got here. It’s weird when you think back on how these connections are made. I was saying I think Facebook is the best way to track it — if you look back at your posts, you can see how you got to where you are.
I started in Computer Engineering at SAIT and then inadvertently turned into everyone’s computer technologist at home, so I quickly switched programs … I had always been interested in radio frequency, so I thought either telecom or broadcast. And at the time, I remember thinking broadcast would be cool because I’d have kids one day and I could take them for a tour of the TV station. And they’d say, ‘Yup, my dad works at the TV station,’ and think it’s pretty cool.
I worked in broadcast for two years and then I took a job in Afghanistan, which kind of had the perfect mix of both worlds ― satellite communications ― and the location made it exciting as well. I was doing the part I loved about broadcast, and doing it in a foreign land kind of put some spice in it.”
Jeff Orr, Broadcast Electronics Technology ’03 | Co-owner & Co-founder, Tool Shed Brewing Company
Editor’s note: Tool Shed Brewing Company teamed up with SAITSA to create a centennial brew, SAIT Centenni-Ale in celebration of our 100 years. You can find the special-edition ale the Gateway Bar and Oak & Vine.