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06-09-2012, 10:26 AM
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Phillips may do well , he seems to have scored a high profile brew master.

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Even though Phillips has surrounded himself with a list of accomplished restaurateurs, the NHL defencemen admits that Lon Ladell’s skills with malted barley and hops are key to the success of the whole operation.

“(Ladell) just fell right into our laps,” Phillips said this week. “Once we landed him, this whole thing just took off.”

Formerly with the famous Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria, B.C., Ladell started his own consulting company and spent years travelling around the globe setting up breweries. For the 38-year-old, beer is a labour of love, and nothing is left to chance. Ladell will go so far as to work directly with laboratories to create specific strains of yeast for each of his brews.

Along with Ladell, the partners include Pierre Cleroux, a founding partner at Clocktower Brew Pub and previous owner of Foundation restaurant in the ByWard Market, plus Jimmy Zourntos and Angelis Koutsos.

He said Big Rig hasn’t even advertised and he’s already getting calls from prospective customers for Ladell’s beers

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