The Niagara College Teaching Brewery continues to make its mark in the beer world, with another strong showing at the prestigious U.S. Open Beer Championship in Atlanta, GA.
The NC Teaching Brewery captured three medals in this year’s Championship, including a silver – for First Draft Ale in the English Summer Ale category – and two bronze, for Butler’s Bitter in the Bitter category and Brewmaster Wheat in the German Wheat category.
“We created our unique Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program and our Teaching Brewery in response to a need for highly skilled graduates who will drive the burgeoning craft brewery industry,” said Craig Youdale, acting dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “At NC, our students learn by doing – and in the process, they’re creating high quality beers that stand up against some of the best in North America.”
Since its launch in 2011, Niagara College Teaching Brewery products have won provincial, national and international awards. Butler’s Bitter, a traditional English bitter brewed to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, has also won gold at the Ontario Brewing Awards, Canadian Brewing Awards and the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championships. First Draft Ale is part of the NC Teaching Brewery’s signature line, which also includes a lager; and Brewmaster Wheat is a traditional German-style wheat beer brewed using German Noble hops and Czech Saaz hops.
This year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship saw 2,500 different beers submitted for judging in 68 categories. Medals were won by breweries from the United States, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, Sweden, Finland and England.
“The Niagara College Teaching Brewery is one of the most unique breweries to enter the U.S. Open Beer Championship,” said Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open Championship. “Niagara College is also one of the few breweries that has won 10 or more medals at the U.S. Open, and each year judges are surprised to find out that several of the best beers in the world are brewed by college students.”
NC brewmaster/professor Jon Downing served as Director of Judging for the U.S. Open Beer Championships, and was responsible for training judges and overseeing the registration of entries. Due to Niagara College’s entries, he did not judge any categories in this year’s competition.
“Competitions like this are a great way for our students to see how the beers they help create at the Teaching Brewery and in the field stack up against the best in the world,” said Downing. “We’re also proud that several of our fellow Ontario craft brewers – many of whom have hired our graduates – have also won medals for their beers.”