FRESH FACES | AMAN & PAUL
Meet Aman Sidhu and Paul Sidhu, founders of Hathi Brewing.
Q: How was Hathi born and what is the vision behind it?
Aman: I thought we could bring something to the table with the cultural piece that we are paying tribute to. We love how the community rallies behind craft beer and comes together over a common shared interest. People gather for food and drink, and share memorable moments. We want Hathi to be a part of those memories. We think of our beer as artwork --artwork with different profiles. Our tasting room, which will be opening in 2017, will have a family atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, supported by an open platform for people to collaborate.
Paul: Aman and I are big fans of craft beer. We started exploring breweries, throughout the Valley and Vancouver, and fell in love with the industry. In Abby, Ravens opened and then Fieldhouse—we thought why don’t we try this, too? So, we decided to go for it.
Our self-expression is Hathi—a Punjabi word for elephant. Our cultural heritage lends itself to so much base inspiration and diversity. Go south in India for Portuguese influencers and we have the residual from Alexander the Great’s journey throughout the country. We are talking about thousands of years of different ‘invaders’ who established trade routes, creating this diverse mosaic of society and culture within India. This is the history we are highlighting, and the voice we are giving Abby’s South Asian community.
Q: Tell me about your brand, specifically the significance of the elephant.
When people think of India they often mention elephants., which symbolize good luck and prosperity. Since, we wanted our brand to link back to our heritage, we chose Hathi as it’s a name that translates well into English. Hathi is our modern take on India’s heritage, presented in Canadian culture.
Q: Why did you decide to open Hathi in Abbotsford and what role do you see it playing in our community?
Paul: Abby wasn’t always the ideal place to open a new business. It’s shifted so much now where we have all kinds of ethnicities. Places like Duft and Co. and Oldhand Coffee highlighted their backgrounds and we are too—we’re contributing to the book that is going to be Abbotsford’s.
Aman: We want to add our two cents to the conversation, and cultural diversity lends well to food and drink.
Abby had this perception of being a ‘no fun city’ and was quite homogenous. but we’re glad to see that’s changing now. We feel fortunate to be a part of this new business explosion.
Q: What do you love about Abbotsford?
Aman: I moved from a small town on Vancouver Island. Abby became my home in 2005. I love Abby because it’s close enough to the city, but, yet, far enough away to have the best of both worlds. Abby is true to its name…the city in the country.
Paul: I grew up here. It’s been 23 years and I call this beautiful community home. From the moment you land at the Abbotsford International Airport, you inhale this fresh, clean air. Abby’s just got it all.
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