On March 27th, Durham College and its Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) officially launched of the Centre for Craft Brewing Innovation (CCBI) at their Whitby campus.
This is big news for the future of Ontario’s brewing industry, which is growing at a rapid rate. According to the Ontario Craft Brewers, there are approximately 242 operating breweries in Ontario, including 72 contract brewers and over 100 others in the planning stage.
The CCBI features a pilot brew line and brew lab, which were purchased using a $150,000 Applied-Research-Tools-and-Instruments grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The CCBI will offer craft brewers access to expertise, state-of-the-art technology and micro-analytical services.
According to their press release, “Under the direction of an experienced microbiologist and brewmaster, the CCBI can help craft brewers address challenges they may be facing, including experimenting with new recipes and flavour profiles, propagating and maintaining yeast strains and conducting scientific analyses to ensure the analytical and microbiological integrity of their beer.”
a�?We are very excited about what the centre offers craft brewers,a�? said Chris Gillis, manager, Applied Research Business Development, ORSIE. a�?There is so much potential to further innovate by refining brewing methods and recipes, as well as increasing technical knowledge and skills within the industry.a�?
In addition to supporting established craft brewers, the CCBI with also allow students to gain valuable experience by working on research projects alongside brewers a�� challenging them to apply what they are learning in class to address real industry problems.
For more details, check out their website.