NICKEL BROOK BREWERY
John and Peter Romano, owners of Better Bitters Brewing Company (since 1992), built the Nickel Brook Micro Brewery from the ground up, and since 2005, Nickel Brook has quickly developed a reputation for having a lively and enticing line up of beers. It is in our business to offer our customers an unrivaled experience designed to surpass their expectations. Our accumulation of a diversified product line partnered with superior service, has established a loyal following in the surrounding area. We proudly use only the finest, natural ingredients from all over the world and brew them in small batches for the highest standard of quality. Our purpose and objective here at Nickel Brook is to be an acknowledged market leader in the quality and service we offer our customers in whatever community we participate. We firmly believe that our practice of craft brewing, and dedication to outstanding quality and thorough customer service, is what has separated us from our competitors. We hope you enjoy. Cheers!
John Romano – Co-Founder
In 1990, John Romano decided he wanted to become an entrepreneur and started building Better Bitters Brew-On-Premise as it was a family hobby. In May 1991, the doors to Better Bitters were open! Approximately 10 years ago he decided he wanted to make better beer for the Brew-On-Premise and in order to do that, without knowing all the challenges it would bring, he started building Nickel Brook Micro Brewery. Nickel Brook of course named after his children Nicholas and Brooke. In the six years the Brewery has been open the beers have taken several awards not only in Ontario but also the US. In 2005 John was presented with the Outstanding Community Service award from the Burlington Rotary clubs. In 2007 Better Bitters was given The Mayor’s Community Service Award. In 2013 Nickel Brook Beers won Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award for Business Retail/Wholesale. John has helped out so much throughout community service groups that he was made an honorary member of the Kinette club of Stoney Creek. John lives for his family and his community!
Peter Romano – Co-Founder
One of our co-founders Peter Romano found his love of beer while attending University of McMaster in Hamilton. Now we don’t expect you to believe that one of the men responsible for creating the great Nickel Brook brewing co. drank products of big beer, no even in university he was true to craft beer; his beer of choice was Creemore. After graduation peter opened his own business in Orangevile. One day at the end of a shift one of his delivery drivers brought In bottle of their own personal home brewed beer. Peter was very impressed and came up with the idea of entering the home-brew industry himself. His brother John Romano had recently left his sales job, and joined peter in starting Better Bitters, which eventually evolved into Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ryan Morrow – Brewmaster
Our beloved Brewmaster is very busy and this is the only comment we could get regarding his life story “I was Born. I make beer. I’m not dead yet”… we do love Ryan.
Matt Howell – Quality Control
The smartest, hardest working and of course most attractive person at Nickel Brook has to be its Production and Quality Manager, Matt Howell. Not only is he a master at forgery and calligraphy, but he also (apparently) has a Masters Degree in Brewing and Distilling. We can only assume that he obtained this after winning a lengthy game of canasta with an old elderly brewer, who also happens to be blind, deaf and on a ventilator. Before joining the team at Nickel Brook, Matt spent 6 years making beer at Brick Brewing and Sleemans Brewing, where he became an expert at the handling and uses of corn syrup and caramel colouring. He also accepts bribes and lectures the future generation of brewers at Niagara College. In his spare time, Matt runs a Scotch whisky tasting business called Saint Howell Tastings which allows him to indulge in his secret love of skirts and kilts
Char & Dora
Char and Dora – Southwestern Ontario Sales Team
Riding the roads with her trusty sidekick; she claims dora comes just to keep her company, but we are pretty sure dora is the one doing most the work. watch for her coming to a city near you!
Doug – Sales GTA
One cold winter day at Carleton university in Ottawa while pondering if he’d ever escape Plato’s cave and see the sun, both literally and figuratively, a wise professor told a tale of study opportunities in “the Land of Beer” known as Belgium. After exploring the many wonders of Trappist and fine Belgian breweries Doug found himself on the Island of Newfoundland longing for great beer once again. So with the help of friends and fellow home brewers he dove into the art and science of trying to recreate those great beers he longed for. With the wind and the rain howling around him and his partner worked tireless on beer slowly learning more and more about beer as they went. However, starved for the passion and community of craft beer they saw down south and in Ontario they set out for the big city of Toronto. There Doug stumbled into the humble and jolly environment of F&M Brewery where he learned of the wonders of being part of a craft brewery. This is where our hero developed his early skills before being charmed by the delicious barrel aged, brett, hoppy, and sour beers being made by Nickel Brook brewing company. Charmed by great beer and tireless passion Doug now works for Nickel Brook, fighting the good fight to ensure Ontarians everywhere can enjoy and discover fantastic beers.
Chawana Champagne – Design & Marketing Manager
Creativity personified! Chawana brings her experience as a graphic designer blended with her marketing/social media background to the Nickel Brook Brewery! Armed with a cold Babbling Brook Root Beer in one hand and 10 + years of experience working for various local Niagara wineries and breweries she brings new and creative designs to the table.
We can find her plugging away on her Macbook Pro at local coffee shops while exploring social media and design concepts tailored to the craft beer industry. Her work can be found around the local Hamilton and Niagara Region, including Mohawk College Campus, Megalomaniac Winery – John Howards Cellars of Distinction and many more.
She holds two honors diploma’s from Mohawk College in Digital Graphic Design and Public Relations. She is always updating her knowledge offering the latest trends and information and had the pleasure of being educated by some of the world’s top designers at the Annual Design Thinkers Conference in Toronto, and eventually became a speaker. She is also a Provincial member of the RGD, Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario.
Matt Gibson – Marketing & Sales – GTA East
Matt first discovered the magic of beer while backpacking through Belgium when he stumbled upon a two-day beer festival. Since then, he has spent his time seeking out the greatest beers the world has to offer, many of which come from right here in Ontario (including Nickel Brook, of course!) Formerly a corporate litigator, Matt left the legal world behind to pursue his true passion, and has been loving working in the beer world ever since. He is a certified Prud’homme (R) Beer Specialist, and is always exploring the ever-changing brewing landscape.
Born and raised in Toronto, Matt can usually be found checking out new and long-standing bars, taverns, pubs and dens of ill-repute in search of the perfect beer menu. When he’s not driving around the city selling delicious Nickel Brook beers, he can be found behind the microphone recording another episode of the Sounds Like Beer podcast, or in the kitchen perfecting his sourdough bread technique. While it’s impossible to pick a favourite, his current beer of choice has to be the Equilibrium ESB…or the Brett Saison…or the Headstock.
Jes Nettleton – Sales Ottawa/Kingston
We’re proud to have Jes at the helm of one of our fastest growing territories in Canada. When she isn’t selling beer, you can find her traveling, scouting out new breweries, and skiing.
Jes’s passion is to engage and excite consumers about progressive, sour and wild fermented beer styles. Her love of these styles came from living in Chicago and Germany where she informally received her beer training. Before working at Nickel Brook, she studied communications at The University of Ottawa, and Small and Medium Enterprise Management at Algonquin College with the goal of getting more involved in the business side of the beer industry.
Her latest industry project is a collaboration with Mallory Jones from Stone City Ales. Together they created Ladies First, a beer series, with their first release being an Imperial Sour Stout.