Meet The Brew Master: Wanis Benazzouz, 3 Brewers
For Wanis Benazzouz, Head Brew Master at 3 Brewers (Les 3 Brasseurs), the secret to great beer is simple: use the best ingredients, and make and serve it on site.
Its fresh approach has earned 3 Brewers numerous awards in France, where the microbrewery-restaurant company was founded. On the heels of an expansion in the Greater Toronto Area, where there are currently three locations, Benazzouz talks about his passion for beer and what makes 3 Brewers unique
How did you get into brewing beer?
I’ve been passionate about beer since I was 18. I always liked making things in the kitchen, so when I discovered beer, I started home brewing. After completing my studies in France, I joined 3 Brewers in Normandy, and moved to Canada six years ago.
What makes 3 Brewers unique?
We have a brewer at each location brewing the beer, so we serve a fresh and great- quality product. But it’s not “extreme” craft beer: the flavours are very approachable. The atmosphere is comfortable and the food is good, so our customers appreciate the whole experience.
So what’s on tap?
We have five main beers: White, Blonde, Amber, Brown and IPA. Each location also has a unique brew — the Neighbourhood Beer — and the local 3 Brewers is the only place you’ll find it. We also create seasonal beers such as Raspberry Red and The Harvest Ale.
Where did the beer recipes for the five core beers originate?
Generations ago, a few friends got together to start brewing beer. These same recipes were used when we opened our first microbrewery restaurant in 1986 in Lille, and they are still used today.
What is your ideal food and beer pairing?
I like more bitter beers, which go well with spicy food. But my ideal food and beer pairing is something to share, such as a Charcuterie Platter with pints. Because I’m French, I know wine very well, but there is a lot of protocol with wine. Beer is much easier and friendlier, and 3 Brewers lends itself to a shared experience.