NC Teaching Brewery creates beer for Jake Hughes Memorial Benefit


 Sam Hughes (second from right) stands with students in the Niagara College Teaching Brewery and assistant brewmaster Jamie Daust (right)

When the community gathers to remember Jake Hughes on May 9, they will raise a glass to his memory with a special beer created by the Niagara College Teaching Brewery. For the second consecutive year, Niagara College staff member Mark Hughes is organizing the Jake Hughes Memorial Benefit in honour of his nephew who died in August 2012. The event is dedicated to remembering and celebrating Jake, known among his friends and family as “the Most Genuine Guy.”

The event, to be held at Riverstone Event Centre in Welland, will feature live musical entertainment by Street Pharmacy, Poor Young Things, Trouble & Daughter, and Dwayne Gretzky; as well as a silent auction. Proceeds will be donated to The Special Olympics and the Jake Hughes Memorial Bursary as well as local charities. View event poster here.

How did the NC Brewery become involved?

Mark noted he and his brother Sam Hughes – Jake’s father – began to meet with NC Teaching Brewery’s Growler Club after last year’s benefit when Sam bid on (and won) a Growler Club membership donated to the event’ silent auction by the NC Teaching Brewery. After months of enjoying various NC brews, they turned to the Teaching Brewery with an interest in purchasing NC beer for this year’s benefit. Mark and Sam began to meet with officials from the NC Teaching Brewery who suggested creating a custom a beer in memory of Jake for the event. Soon after, Jake Hughes Lager was born. View Jake Hughes Lager poster here.

Jake Hughes Lager will be available for purchase at the benefit and a portion of the proceeds from the beer sales will be donated to the event. The beer will also be available for purchase the NC Teaching Brewery in  on May 1 as the growler club beer, and soon after in bottles. It will also be available for purchase at MT Bellies in Welland, and The Pyro Pub in Thorold.

Mark noted how much he appreciated the efforts of staff at NC Teaching Brewery, who went “above and beyond” to create a custom beer for Jake.

“I think it’s incredible. It’s a special way for us to celebrate raising a glass to Jake and toasting to the Most Genuine Guy,” said Mark.

Tickets are still available for this year’s Jake Hughes Memorial Benefit. They may be purchased in Welland at MT Bellies, Benedict’s and AP Brown Jewellers.

Tickets may also be purchased at Niagara College via Mark Hughes. Email him at

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