Our Team

Robin Ridesic

Robin Ridesic

Founder and CEO

Robin Ridesic is a passionate beer drinker and former homebrewer who fell in love with hoppy IPAs and sour beers. Her enthusiasm for delicious and unique brews evolved into a deep desire to create the world’s best versions of these niche beer styles. Although she grew up in the business world of management consulting, Robin was delighted to bring together two of her biggest passions in life – beer and the community of Niagara-on-the-Lake – in the creation of The Exchange Brewery.

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Sam Maxbauer

Sam Maxbauer

Head Brewer

Sam is an American brewer from the great state of Michigan, where he worked at Northern United Brewing Co. creating beer for several brands including North Peak Brewing Co., Leelanau Brewing Co., and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Sam has also tried his hand at distilling and blending spirits for Civilized Spirits as part of Mission Micro Distillery. Now he likes to focus on (and drink) barrel-aged beers and sour ales as well as a few “hop-bombs” from time to time. As part of The Exchange Brewery, he enjoys sourcing fresh ingredients from local farmers and taking advantage of the micro-flora floating around Niagara.

 

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Mike Lyons

Mike Lyons

Brewer

Mike is originally from a small town south-west of London, Ontario. A long time beer enthusiast, Mike was inspired to take the Brewmaster program at Niagara College after a friend completed the course and started working at an Ontario craft brewery. He fell in love with EXB beers (particularly those from the barrel series) while working in the tap room during his time at Niagara College, and was able to move into a production role after graduation. Mike is excited to be part of a dedicated team producing a wide variety of fantastic beers, both sour and non.

Matt Meagher

Matt Meagher

Brewer

A Burlington native, Matt honed his skills with years of home brewing and also by being a former brewer in various Toronto brew pubs, including Louis Cifer Brew Works and Bar Hop Brewco. Matt joined our brewers’ team in the Spring 2021, being very excited about The Exchange Brewery’s extensive barrel program. A lover of all things barrel-aged, Matt says he could literally drink our Spontaneous Ale everyday if he could – but he’d never say no to our bourbon barrel-aged smoked lager either

Gabriel Nieto

Gabriel Nieto

Brewer

Gabriel found a passion for spirits and beer while working as a bartender in his home country of  Venezuela. He eventually moved to Canada in 2015 where he took mixology courses and attended the Niagara College Brewing program to focus more on studying beer. Having a strong passion for sour beer and barrel aging, Gabriel joined us here at The Exchange to officially start his brewing career! His favourite EXB beer so far is Rosa, “ It just hits perfect for me on every note and is exactly what I am looking for in a sour beer.”

Rajat Mishra

Rajat Mishra

Manager

After growing up in India, Rajat moved around the world working as a Manager for various hotels and restaurants. After discovering his love for beer, spirits & wine, Rajat took the Wine Business Management course at Niagara College and is working towards his Master Cicerone certificate. Looking for somewhere to put his beer knowledge to good use, you can find Rajat behind the bar of The Exchange educating customers on their beer flights. We don’t want to say he works here just for the Thai Basil Saison, but we’re pretty sure it was a BIG influence.

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Kathryn Dodington

Kathryn Dodington

Event Coordinator

Kathryn is a Niagara native who has worked in the regions hospitality industry for years. With a degree in International Business, Kathryn has specialized in event planning and coordination at multiple locations in the area including Fallsview Casino Resort. Kathryn is excited to combine her passion for events and everything local within the growing brewing industry. The Exchange Brewery boasts such a unique and intimate event space she can’t wait to add to the already amazing line up of events this year.

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Sara Divinski

Sara Divinski

Marketing, PR Coordinator

Sara was quickly crafted into a beer lover after being surrounded by so many amazing bars, breweries and bottle shops in Hamilton. After attending college for Photography and Advertising, she went on to work on brands like Nickel Brook Brewing Co., Molson and Netflix. After taking a break to start her family, Sara joined us as the Marketing and PR Coordinator here at the EXB. As a lover of sour beers, Sara’s Exchange go to is Rosa but will sample anything and everything.

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We’re Hiring

We are currently looking to hire some extra staff to be part of our team.
Do you enjoy beer? Do you have Serving Experience? Do you have Brewery Experience?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions then the Exchange might be the place for you!

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