Project Brew Craft Beer Festival to be held at Niagara College April 11

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

On Saturday April 11 Project Brew 2015 Craft Beer Festival will be held at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

In addition to featuring local craft breweries – including Niagara Oast House Brewers Brimstone Brewing Company Silversmith Brewing Company Brothers Brewing Co. Garden Brewers and the Niagara College Teaching Brewery – the outdoor festival will shine a spotlight on 22 unique student beers from the college’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management Class of 2015.

“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.”

Each student beer at the event is a final project for students graduating from the college’s Brewmaster program this year. After selecting a style of beer to make students were required to create a recipe using grains available at the Teaching Brewery make a 100-litre batch of their beer as well as ferment and package it.

The students’ project beers were entered into the second annual Niagara College Beer Competition which was also open to entries from local and professional homebrewers. Entries were blind-judged and scored according to Beer Judge Certification Program guidelines. Winners will be announced at the Project Brew 2015 Craft Beer Festival and the three student beers who score highest will be finalists competing for the Taps Magazine Golden Boot Scholarship to be presented at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards gala in June.   

In addition to exploring different craft beer selections at the Project Brew 2015 Craft Beer Festival visitors can enjoy dishes from local food vendors including PigOut Catering Eh José and Yellow Pear.

The Craft Beer Festival will held on April 11 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine (to be moved indoors in case of inclement weather). The event is family friendly however guests must be 19 years of or older to drink and photo ID will be required.

A $20 entry fee includes a commemorative glass as well as five tokens for beer samples. Additional tokens will be available for purchase ($2 per 4 oz. beer sample). Food vendors will accept cash (items to be sold at $5 to $8 each). Tickets to the event will only be available at the door.

There is no admission charge for non-drinkers.

Guests are encouraged to bring along a non-perishable food item in exchange for one token (limit one per attendee). Collected items will be donated to the Niagara College Student Administrative Council Food Bank.  

Event updates and brewer profiles are available on the festival’s Facebook page (NC Project Brew) and on twitter @NCProjectBrew.

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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