About Us

Boreal was founded by two friends who understand food and flavour: Chef Mike McKenzie and Andreas Düss, who brings with him 11+ years of building successful food and drinks brands. 

Andreas had stopped drinking alcohol because he found that with three young kids, even small amounts of it were interrupting what precious little sleep he could snatch. 

The problem he was facing was, what to drink now that he wasn’t drinking.

Most non-alcoholic drinks on the market were either full of sugar, or just boring. As a result, he started researching and mixing alternatives in his own kitchen, even purchasing a copper still to create his own herbal extracts. 

At the same time, Chef Mike was diving deep into the benefits of functional mushrooms, trying to figure out how he could optimize both his mental and physical health.

Over lunch, Mike and Andreas decided to create a drink that would combine the health benefits of chaga, lion’s mane and reishi into a range of drinks that were sugar-free, sweetener-free and brewed with ingredients inspired by and sourced from Canada’s pristine boreal forests.

Two years of experimenting, taste testing, distilling and brewing led to the creation of our Botanical SuperTonics.

Shortly afterwards, Sam Arraj and Miranda Malisani joined the team, bringing with them financial and nutritional expertise. 

The Team

Mike McKenzie
Founder and CEO

Mike is responsible for the amazing flavours of our drinks. He brews and distills, blends and creates.

Whenever you take a sip of Boreal, it’s Mike’s work and inspiration you’re tasting.

Mike can be reached at mike@borealbrewing.ca

Andreas Düss
Founder and CMO

Andreas is looking after the Boreal brand and works with our retail partners on sales and marketing.

If you need to get in touch with him, send an email to andreas@borealbrewing.ca

Sam Arraj
Partner and CFO

Sam looks after our finances, ensuring that we’re well positioned for future expansion.

He makes sure that whatever Mike and Andreas dream up can actually be produced and paid for.

You can reach Sam at sam@borealbrewing.ca

Miranda Malisani
VP Growth and Development

As our Director of Wellness, registered nutritionist Miranda works with Mike to create the most beneficial botanical blends for our drinks.

Miranda is also our spokesperson and appears in many of our videos.

Contact her at miranda@borealbrewing.ca