Brewmaster Jon Downing is featured in new book, The Greenbelt

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Jon Downing holds up a copy of a new book he is featured in, The Greenbelt.

Niagara College brewmaster Jon Downing is featured in a chapter in a coffeetable book called The Greenbelt – Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure by Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation.

The chapter, featuring a caricature of Downing, tells the story of how he came to Niagara College (after opening about 100 breweries around the world) where he helped develop NC’s world class teaching brewery, the first of its kind in Canada. The brewery program, wrote Mausberg, provides the benefits of using local ingredients in one of the Greenbelt’s two specialty crop regions right in the heart of wine country.

“Downing is proud to own a home in the region and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Mausberg stated.
“This program is successful and definitely what both the craft brewing industry and students are looking for,” said Downing in the book. “These students are getting a career and an opportunity to do something that was never available before.”

Downing is in good company; Mausberg also features chapters from three former Ontario premiers who helped create the Greenbelt area in the Niagara region: Dalton McGuinty, Mike Harris and Bill Davis. In addition, there is at least one other Niagara-region person featured in a chapter – Don Ziraldo.

“Niagara College is leading the way in education. We’re being copied around the world, the industry is growing, and the need for education is growing, too,” said Downing in the book.

A local book launch will be held on May 11 at 7 p.m. at Southbrook Vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake with both the author and the focus of one of his chapters – Downing – in attendance. Mausberg plans to do a small reading, and then talk with Downing and others about the importance of the Greenbelt. There will also be books available for purchasing (and signing). The event is open to the public, rain or shine; there is no admission charge.

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