Hawaiian Bruau: Craft beers take flight this spring at Project Brew in Market Square

Friday, April 12, 2019 -
17:30 to 21:30

The College’s celebrated craft beer festival, Project Brew, will take place at St. Catharines Market Square on Friday, April 12 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the theme is Hawaiian Bruau. Fourth semester students in NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will serve up 20 refreshing brews to kick off the spring season.

The student-run event, held each semester, gives the public a chance to sample unique, locally developed, and sometimes experimental, small batch beers from the College’s Teaching Brewery, while students in their final semester put their brewing skills to the test. 

This spring, students will serve up a variety of refreshing brews to quench your thirst, with names like ‘Maui Wowie’ and ‘Hula Hop,’ bursting with flavours like watermelon- grapefruit- and hibiscus-flavoured beer, pale maltz, tropical stout, sour IPAs, and more. 

“Project Brew is the culmination of our students learning over the course of four semesters,” said April Tyrrell, faculty advisor. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring the beers they’ve so diligently crafted to the community, and gives them experience with how to plan and execute a large-scale event.”

“This event gives us creative freedom as brewers to showcase what we've learned at the College,” said Brewmaster student Bryan Girard, who is in his graduating year. “It's something we've been looking forward to for a while, and it's a great way to cap off the program.”

Student beers will be judged on site and Lallemand Brewing, one of the event sponsors, will award a $4,500 scholarship to the graduating student who creates the winning beer.

Lallemand Brewing has been a long-standing supporter of student success at NC. A global leader in brewing and distilled spirits, Lallemand’s expertise have played a role in the Brewmaster program since the very start of the program. In addition to sponsoring this year’s award, Lallemand donates the yeast used by students in the program. Lallemand Brewing is also involved in the classroom. Researchers Annick Mercier and Tobias Fischborn, PhD,  travel from Montreal three times annually to teach NC students in their first semester about different yeast strains.

“Lallemand Brewing is pleased to support the award for the best student brew in Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program. We believe the best brews come from the best ingredients, craftsmanship and education,” said Sylvie Van Zandycke, director of sales and marketing at Lallemand Brewing. “A job well done to all the graduates and all the best in their future careers.”

In addition to student-crafted beers, the event will feature games and food vendors including NC’s Bench on the Go, Malus Cider House, Pig Out Catering, and Mama’s Chilean Empanadas.

While advance tickets for Project Brew have sold out, a limited quantity will be available at the door ($25; must be 19 years of age or older with valid photo ID). Admission includes a commemorative sample glass and four drink tokens. Proceeds from Project Brew support the Matt Soos Memorial Fund, which awards a scholarship each year to the student who brews the best beer at the College’s August Brewmaster Competition. 

Meet the brewers, get a sneak peek at the brews, order tickets and find more details at https://www.niagaracollege.ca/projectbrew.  

NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program was launched in 2010 as the first of its kind in Canada. The award-winning, two-year program offers extensive hands-on training at an on-site, state-of-the-art Teaching Brewery to prepare students for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. Located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, students learn from award-winning faculty and have access to on-site hop yard and local farm products to brew a full range of beer styles. Visit http://www.ncteachingbrewery.ca

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.