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About us

Pivo Vino Bru-In is the culmination of many years of passion in fermenting.

     Willis Gilles moved to the Kootenays in 2013 when he grew tired of city life, and how disconnected it was from humanity.  When he came to the Kootenays he moved to Winlaw to do an apprenticeship in organic farming at Against the Wind Farm.  When the growing season was complete he moved to Nelson to experience what the small city had to offer.  He worked with the crew at Tailout Brewing in Castlegar for 2 years.  He chose to open Pivo Vino at the Junction in South Slocan, where the Water Source has great minerality for fermentations.  


     Willis has 8 years experience fermenting Beer, Wine, Cider and more.  He is also passionate about food fermentation and grows vegetables for his ferments, Hot Sauce being the ferment of choice.  When he moved to the Kootenays he was amazed at the diverse orchard fruit in the region and immediately started experimenting with fermenting Fruit wine and Ciders.  After the first two seasons of fermenting with fruit he dove headlong into beer brewing and found a deep passion for the complex malty bitter beverage.  He was kindly invited to Port Moody to do an internship at Moody Ales on Brewer's Row by his friend who was one of the owners at the time.  This just furthered his love of Beer and he kept brewing away and experimenting with the endless creations possible in the world of Beer.  He is very excited to further his knowledge in not just beer, but is looking forward to learning more about the sweet science of wine.