Three beer finalists for Taps Magazine Golden Boot Scholarship are announced

Submitted by Alan Brown, support liaison,  Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management:

Three Niagara College Brewmaster students will be holding their breath for the next six weeks – each of them is a finalist for a generous $3,500 scholarship being offered by Taps Magazine.

Taps, a magazine dedicated to the Canadian craft beer scene, is awarding the $3,500 scholarship to the graduating Niagara College Brewmaster student judged to have produced the best beer as part of the Brewmaster program. The scholarship is called the ‘Golden Boot’ because of the rubber boots that Brewmaster students wear while working in the Teaching Brewery.

The beers that were considered for the scholarship were all produced by graduating Brewmaster students in the Teaching Brewery as part of their final semester Specialty Brewing course. Those beers were then blind-judged as part of the recent Niagara College Beer Competition; the three beers with the best scores now move on to the Canadian Brewing Awards, where a national panel of judges will decide which one is the best beer.

The three Brewmaster students who are finalists for the scholarship are:
– Graham McMullen for Hop Shotta, an American-style pale ale;
– Christine Nagy for Fumé, a smoked saison; and
– Adam Shell for Bloody Pale Ale, a tomato-flavoured pale ale.

The winner will be announced at the Canadian Brewing Awards gala in Fredericton, New Brunswick on May 31, 2014.   

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