Named after the physically large noggins of the brewery owners, the Broadhead Brewing company got its start in a basement. Two local Ottawa lads - Josh Larocque and Shane Matte - were dead set on learning to make their own beer. After some early hiccups (who knew you had to grind the grains?) the beer actually starting tasting pretty good. So good, in fact, that Josh and Shane kicked around the idea of opening their own craft brewery.
When two other guys joined the mix - Jason Smale and Jamie White - the basement brewery grew out of control and the jokes got a bit more serious. After a particularly delicious batch of Broadhead beer, the liquid courage got the best of them and they decided to make a go of it. A few short months later, the Broadhead Brewing Company opened its doors and we were stunned to find ... actual customers.
Today, Broadhead is a full-blown microbrewery in Ottawa. Who saw that coming? We’ve added a few new people to the mix and we’re getting better by the day. We embrace the underdog concept at Broadhead because it’s what we are: A couple of regular guys who threw everything they had, which wasn’t much, into starting the company of their dreams. It’s hard work. It’s a lot of late nights and early mornings. But watching a customer enjoy a Broadhead beer is worth every unpaid hour.
As for the beards, sometimes when you’re really focused on something important, everything else takes a back seat. In Broadhead’s case, it was shaving. The beard symbolizes all the hard work we put into the company, and how everything else (such as controlling facial hair growth) came second to the dream.
broadhead's basement days. it begins.
the brewery-and our beards-take shape.
Josh Larocque Co-Founder
The brains and heart behind Broadhead, Josh is a bit of a nerd. Josh graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and worked in the field until he decided to stick it to the man and open his own brewery. Josh is responsible for all things brewing-related and developed all of Broadhead’s tasty recipes, which involved a lot of late night taste-testing and pizza crushing. Despite being over 30, Josh still thinks Star Trek is a good investment of time, which is another way of saying he doesn’t value time.
Likes: Modifications, Saying “We Can Do That Ourselves”, Calculating Stuff, Owning an Awful Truck
Dislikes: The Man, Getting up Before 9AM, Reading Enormous Emails, Movies Without Swords or Lasers (or both)
Jamie White Co-Founder
Jamie White can grow the biggest beard at Broadhead and he is also the most popular employee (coincidence?). Jamie joined Broadhead in its basement days and he hasn’t had any free time since, which is how we like it. From brewing to sales to chatting up visitors, Jamie merrily does it all. Oh, and every once in a while Jamie goes camping and sets fire to a huge piece of furniture.
Likes: Chatting with Anyone Who Will Listen, Owning a Brewery, Angering Josh, Setting Furniture on Fire
Dislikes: Home Depot, Broadhead Parking Spot Squatters, Razors, Non-Furniture-Based Fires
John Buist Head Sales Guy
John Buist has recently become one of Broadhead’s newest owners, meaning he is now expected to grow an enormous beard. Among his responsibilities, John makes sure that Ottawa bars and restaurants are well-stocked with Broadhead beer, an awesome responsibility Broadhead would only trust to John’s sparkling personality. John’s accomplishments include spilling an entire batch of Broadhead beer on the floor, having the fastest Facebook fingers at the company and creating a baby.
Likes: Facebook Updates, Using Vacation Days to Attend NHL Games, Getting the Word Out, Fatherhood Stuff
Dislikes: Anything To Do With Growlers, NHL Lockouts, Colours that Aren’t Orange or Green, Pickling Things