Matt’s life purpose is to create memorable culinary experiences for his friends, family, and customers. His journey began in the kitchens of Vancouver, leading teams in elite hotel facilities and deepening his knowledge of the science and artistry of food.
With an eye to striking out on his own, he began to hone his skills in business marketing, people management, and project management. Connecting with Tavis, in his spiritual homeland of Alberta, the dream of Freehold began to take shape: a place where everyone has a seat at the chef’s table.
With Freehold, Matt’s journey has come full circle, again crafting a unique food and beer experience for his friends and family.
Having been jolted by inspirational words scrawled upon an art-house wall (“Don’t follow in the footsteps of the masters, seek what they sought”), Tavis embarked on the homebrew journey equipped with talents honed on the grindstone of project management, team leadership, and sales.
After years of toiling for others he realized he wanted the sweat dripping off his brow to contribute to his dream of opening a brewery. Working with Matt James and an incredibly talented team, Freehold Brewing Co. was brought to life.