Project Brew: Pass A Pint (or two!) This Weekend

How do students from Canada’s first Teaching Brewery cap off the academic year? A craft beer festival!


Students in Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will be showing off their stuff this Saturday as the graduating class hosts a brew and culinary event.

Project Brew 2015,  a craft beer and local food festival, will take place noon to 4 p.m. at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus in the center courtyard of the main building.

The festival will showcase 22 unique final project beers that the students have been working on all semester in preparation for the event. It will also coincide with Tap’s Magazine Student Beer Scholarship.

“The event is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get a taste of the local craft brew scene as well as brews specially created by our students who are about to enter the growing industry,” said Craig Youdale, dean of the college’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “Our graduating students not only have an opportunity to showcase their skills at the festival, but have crafted a  ‘resume in a bottle’ which is a valuable learning experience for them and a testament to applied education at Niagara College.”

Established craft breweries from the area — including Niagara Oast House Brewers, Brimstone Brewing Company, Silversmith Brewing Company, Brothers Brewing Co., and Garden Brewers — will join the student brewers, sharing their products, and there will also be local food vendors, offering delectable beer paired dishes.

This event is token-based for beer sampling ($2 per 4oz. sample) and cash for food vendors. A $20 entry fee supplies guests with a commemorative tulip glass as well as five starter tokens for beer sampling.

Guests will also be able to donate one non-perishable food item for the Niagara College Student Administrative Council Food Bank in exchange for one token. Profits raised from the festival will be donated to the food bank.

Niagara College offers more than 100, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics.

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