A Friend is Lost

Long Time Craft Beer Industry Fixture, Ian Day, Succumbs to Pancreatic Cancer

Most people in the beer industry knew Ian Day as the tireless engine behind North American Brewing Services (NABS), a company that specialized in used equipment for microbreweries. I’d known Ian for about 10 years and found him to be a man of sharp wit, boundless energy, and constant spontaneous humor. I never had a conversation with Ian that I didn’t walk away from smiling.

Ian, president of NABS, had a passion for the craft beer industry and had been brewing beer for decades. During his long career in craft beer he owned and operated York Towne U Brew in Toronto, Ontario, one of Canada’s first brew-on-premises operations, and Active Modular Brewing, a microbrewery. Ian was involved in the start up of many North American brew pubs and microbreweries. American Brewer Magazine once stated in an article entitled, “So You Want to Start Your Own Brewery, that Mr. Day… has enough imagination to construct a brewery that most any budget can afford”. Reading between the lines on that quote tells you a lot about what kind of guy Ian was; a jack-of-all-trades never-quit type of guy that so typifies the personalities that built the strong craft beer industry we have today.

A memorial service was held for Ian M. Day on September 11, 2010.

Ian is survived by his three children: Riley Day, Ivory Day and Sierra Day.

Donations in Ian’s name may be made to Kelowna Minor Hockey: 1420 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2A5 or the BC Cancer Agency – Pancreatic Cancer: 2-111, 675 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1L3.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

Operation of NABS is currently being handled by Allied Beverage Tanks, Inc., in Chicago, IL, a company that Ian co-founded with his partners Alan Dikty and Jim Krejcie. Contact info can be found at www.alliedbeveragetanks.com.

Contributed by;
Banjo Bandolas
Director, Real Beer Media


  1. admin says

    Thanks for contributing the above Banjo. Ian was of course a regular and important fixture here at ProBrewer.

  2. Laughing Dog says

    What a Loss to the Industry, Ian helped me with many projects here at Laughing Dog he was always great to work with and helpful in any way he could be he will be missed.
    I Hope NABS continues on, I am sure he would want it that way

    Laughing Dog Brewing

  3. GlacierBrewing says

    I’m deeply saddened to hear of Ian’s passing. Although I knew him only on the phone, Ian has helped me out several times over the years. He always struck me as a man of knowledge, wisdom, and honor in his professional dealings. Ian will be greatly missed by the craft-brewing world.
    Our most heartfelt thoughts go out to Ian’s family.


  4. Jeff Lockhart says

    Ian will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family.

    Jeff Lockhart
    Ouray Brewery

  5. barleywhiner says

    While I only met Ian twice, I have worked with him incredibly closely as I get my brewery up and running. He was a 100% honest businessman, and an enormous asset to the North American Brewing Industry. My business and the industry as a whole will greatly miss Ian, and I will personally miss our conversations at the CBC every year.

    What a loss. Godspeed to his family.

  6. Mike Hall says

    Sad to here Ian helped me numerous times and just as recent as June 2010 with a new mill. My thoughts go out to his loved ones.

  7. dereknobleluke says

    Holy Smokes! I didn’t know until just now. Wow. My thoughts echo the above…I spoke with him many times on the phone throughout our years here in RI. Wow. I am deeply saddened, he was (and still is) a very honest and good dude. My thoguhts to his family, and yes he would want his business to go on, he had a knack for it and loved to see old, but good, equipement back in good use! All my best to you Ian, thanks for your help!