Niagara College Brewmaster students to host Woodstock-style beer festival at the Market Square
Brewmaster students from Niagara College are set to serve up their visions of peace and love in a glass at Project Brew April 20.
Project Brew BruStock will be held on Friday, April 20 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the St. Catharines Market Square. Eighteen one-of-a-kind beers crafted by students in their final term of the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will be on tap at the evening event. Brews will be accompanied by live music, food vendors and games.
The event is an opportunity for the public to sample unique, locally developed and often experimental small batch beers from the College’s Teaching Brewery, while graduating students showcase what they have learned.
April Tyrrell is the faculty advisor for the event. “Through Project Brew, our Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management students get hands-on experience, not only creating original beers from scratch, but also in planning and executing a full-fledged public event,” said Tyrrell. “This edition’s BruStock theme promises to be an especially fun way for the community to see the skills these students have learned, and try some seriously groovy one-off brews.”
Student event chair Joe Hamilton reiterated the wide-ranging experience gained by the students through the event. “The Project Brew event is a culmination of 16 months of work for the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations students. While exceptional planning and execution has gone into the beer that will be presented, the venue and event planning will make for a memorable evening for everyone,” said Hamilton.
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 Annual Brewmaster Competition. Established by Muskoka Brewery and Railway City Brewing, the scholarship is in memory of Matt Soos who died at the age of 26 in August 2015, just a year after he graduated from the program.
Tickets for Project Brew BruStock are $20 in advance (online) or $25 at the door (limited; must be 19 years of age or older with valid photo ID). Admission includes a commemorative sample glass, and four drink tokens.
Meet the brewers, get a sneak peek at the brews, order tickets or access additional event 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.