Brewmaster students take centre stage at industry conference

 Pictured above: NC Brewmaster lead presentations at the Master Brewer’s Association of Canada’s Ontario Technical District Conference in Niagara Falls on January 25.

They may still be in college, but that didn’t stop a group of NC students from wowing the crowd at an industry conference.

Students from the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program were a part of this year’s Master Brewers Association of Canada’s Ontario District Technical Conference when it was held at the Hilton Niagara Falls from January 24 to 26.

Nearly all students from the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program were involved in preparing six distinct beers from the same base wort to present at the event  – including a Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Honey Ale, Sour Ale, Strong Ale and a Light Ale.  A group of second term students also volunteered to lead presentations at the conference, including Paul Rakoczy, Rob Codognotto, Cole Raiskums, Christian Crawford, Thomas Nelson, and Jonathan Monster. Students led two 30-minute presentations – one presenting their beers highlighting Ontario-grown hops, and another presenting their beers highlighting different malts or mashing.

“From my point of view, the students did a fantastic job,” said Brewemaster professor Jon Downing. “All the comments I got from attendees were very complimentary regarding how they performed and their knowledge. A couple of the other presenters made comments regarding them being the future of the brewing industry.”

Conference coordinator Victor North echoed Downing’s comments.

“! I heard nothing but positive feedback about the students’ performance, with many of the conference participants who spoke to me speaking very positively about the student’s presentation skills,” said North. “It was a well received project that I think deserves to be repeated.”

Conference attendees also visited the NC Teaching Brewery on January 24 as part of a tour of local breweries.

For more details visit InsideNC’s January 23 article:

Industry taps into Teaching Brewery expertise at Master Brewers conference

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