Niagara College- Brewing victory at the OBAs


(left to right: NC head brewer Curt Bentley; Brad Barta, NC brewer and graduate of the program)

With the all-around success of last year’s submissions to the Ontario Brewing Awards (OBAs), students from Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program undoubtedly felt the heat as the 2017 competition approached; Anxious or not, NC students once again delivered: on April 27 NC students secured a Silver in the British Pale Ale category with their Niagara College teaching brewery Beer 101 Bitter. Of course, this is not the first time the brew has won an award.

Then bottled as Butler’s Bitter, Niagara College’s signature brew secured the school a gold medal in 2013 when it made its debut at the Canadian Brewing Awards. Even though it was originally brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, this English Bitter-style beer seems to never get old.

“It is a testament to the skill of our student brewers that our bitter continually wins at local, national and international competitions” said Jon Downing, faculty research lead and professor at the College, “Every time a beer from Niagara College wins it has been brewed, filtered, finished and packaged by a different class of students.”

The Niagara College Teaching Brewery has won multiple awards since opening in 2011, and the students continue to impress with their accomplishments. The Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery and Teaching Winery are open daily to the public on the Niagara-On-The-Lake campus. This multi-award-winning beer is available to purchase, as well as a number of past winning drinks.

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