Student brews nab two awards at international beer competition

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Two Niagara College brews were recognized last week at the U.S. Open College Beer Championship.

The event recognizes student-made beer produced at colleges and universities across North America that have brewing programs.

Niagara College won a silver medal in the Belgian beer category for ‘Praise the Sun’ – a Belgian Witbier created by final semester Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management student Bill Reid Fraser.

NC also won bronze in the IPA category for ‘Cosmic Tea Pot,’ and American IPA designed and brewed by the fourth semester class as their final brew.

Two other NC beers were entered into the competition, a Bavarian Dunkel by the second semester class and a Maibock by final semester student Tim Davidson. The College’s student beer club voted to select the four brews to send to the competition.

NC Brewmaster Jon Downing is director of judging for the U.S. Open Beer Championship for commercial breweries, and helped organize this year’s College Beer Championship.

“Having college and university brewing courses able to enter their student created brews in an international competition really exposes the students to the wider world of brewing,” he said. “It shows them that their hard work and efforts can be recognized by their soon to be industry peers and demonstrates the knowledge and skills they have gained at school.”

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