Niagara College Teaching Brewery wins silver at Dublin Craft Beer Cup

Irish eyes are smiling on the Niagara College Teaching Brewery.

Staff and students at Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery are celebrating the success of its Brewmaster Strong Ale which won a silver medal at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup – the first time the beer has ever been entered in a competition.

There were 469 beers entered into this year’s Dublin Craft Beer Cup sponsored by Alltech submitted by breweries from 24 countries around the world. Held in Dublin Ireland in late February the competition allows craft brewers to showcase their beers and have them rated tasted and analyzed by an expert international panel of beer judges. Entries are critiqued based on appearance aroma flavour body style and quality. Niagara College’s Brewmaster Strong Ale was entered in the Ales category. 

“Winning a silver medal in an international competition is a very significant achievement and speaks to the expertise of the brewer and the excellence of their product” said Inge Russell PhD head judge of the Dublin Craft Beer Cup. “Canadian beers are well known for their quality and the Niagara College brewery continues to uphold that tradition.”

“Winning a medal at an international competition is always a big thrill. It shows that the efforts the students and teachers put into the beers is truly world class” said NC Brewmaster professor Jon Downing. “It is especially rewarding when a beer we have not entered into competition before gets recognized the first time out.”

Craig Youdale dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) applauded the achievement. “By entering competitions our students have an opportunity to see how beers they create at the NC Teaching Brewery compare to some of the best beers in the world” said Youdale. “Our level of excellence is being heard throughout the beer industry on an international level.”

Brewmaster Strong Ale which has a 7.5% alcohol content is described is a strong yet subtle ale with caramel light chocolate and roasted malt flavours. It is available for purchase at the Niagara College Teaching Brewery located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (135 Taylor Rd. Niagara-on-the-Lake).

This isn’t the Teaching Brewery’s first success at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup. In 2013 the first year of the competition it won two silver medals: one for Butler’s Bitter – its War of 1812-inspired beer – and another for its Brewmaster Series Wheat Beer.

The first facility of its kind in Canada Niagara College Teaching Brewery opened in April 2011 and supports Niagara College’s two-year Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management diploma program. The brewery forms a key component of the College’s CFWI – a leader in culinary wine and beer education in Canada. Located at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus the CFWI is also home to the College’s Teaching Winery – the first and only commercial teaching winery in Canada – and Benchmark the college’s teaching restaurant.        

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 Part-Time Studies 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. For more information visit


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