Project Brew: Brewnited Nations theme adds international flavour to student beer fest

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Niagara College Brewmaster students are offering the public a taste of the world at their next Project Brew festival: The Brewnited Nations.

The soon-to-be graduates of the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will be hosting the event Friday, April 7, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Market Square (91 King St., St. Catharines).
The event will offer a selection of 20 beers as well as a collaboration cask, hand-crafted by students at the College’s Teaching Brewery.

The beer festival is an opportunity is an opportunity for the public to sample unique, locally developed and often experimental small batch beers from the College’s Teaching Brewery; and for graduating students to showcase what they have learned since joining the program.

“Project Brew is the culmination of four semesters of learning for the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management students. Not only do the students design a recipe and create an original beer from scratch, they also plan and execute Project Brew to highlight the skills they have acquired during their time at Niagara College,” said faculty advisor April Tyrrell. “This fun community event is an excellent opportunity for students to promote themselves and their beer to the general public.”

“It allows us to take responsibility and build a festival while learning about the many trials and tribulations that come into play while putting this together,” said the event’s student chair Brittany Ribalkin, who will be presenting a Biere de Garde at the event. “I believe that it will benefit me as you do all aspects of the brew from recipe design, to brewing the product, to the various lab tests, packaging and overall daily duties of the brewery. After all is said and done, we all work as a team to pull off an incredible event.”

While this will be the seventh Project Brew hosted by the Brewmaster program’s graduating students since the event was launched in April 2015, this is the first with a ‘Brewnited Nations’ theme. Ribalkin noted that the theme was chosen because many of the brews have ingredients and styles from different countries, offering a way new way for guests to enjoy various beers that the world has to offer. The theme also struck a chord with the students since there are several international students in the class – from as far away as the United States, Mexico, Brazil and South Korea.

In addition to beer, guests at the event can enjoy entertainment from international dancers and participate in international games including Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

“We want our patrons to feel free to dress up and get into the theme of the event,” said Ribalkin.

Vendors at Project Brew will include the College’s Benchmark restaurant, The Smokin’ Buddha, and Eh Hose, as well as Signal Coffee Companies.

Online advance tickets to the event are $20 ($17.50 group discounts are available). Tickets include entry to the event, a commemorative sample glass and four beer tokens. Tickets may be purchased online here.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $25. Guests must be 19 years of age or older (valid photo ID required) to attend.

Proceeds from Project Brew December Market will benefit the Matt Soos Memorial Scholarship, which is presented annually to a student in the College’s Brewmaster program who brews the best beer in the NC Annual Brewmaster Competition. The scholarship is in honour of Matt Soos, a graduate of the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who died in August, 2015 at the age of 26.
For additional details visit ncprojectbrew.ca/

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