Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada’s first teaching brewery offers courses that specialize in brewery education, aiming to fulfill the demand for skilled personnel in Canada’s craft brewing industry.
The college offers practical education through its courses and opens possibilities to pursue careers in Beer making, Brewery operations, Brew pub operations, Retail Sales, etc. The teaching micro-brewery has a state-of-the-art facility that is spread over 1500 sq ft. It has the capacity of producing 1000 litres of beer with its large scale system and some of the products available for sale & tastings at their retail store include Brewmaster Wheat (a traditional German wheat-based ale), Beer 101: Stout (a popular black ale) and Brewmaster Cherry Pilsener (with Niagara-grown Montmorency cherries). Several other seasonal beers are available at the store.
The Niagara College Teaching Brewery’s inaugural products called the First Lager is available for sale at the campus. With a choice of lager and ale, the beer is made by the students of the institute. It is the result of their practical training on the campus wherein they have learnt to brew a wide range of beer. There are several other delightful offerings but the highlight is the Small Batch Brew. This is made by the students of the college using a smaller pilot system. Here, students can rew one keg at a time in an ideal environment that creates experimental brews and unique beers. The Small Batch Brew is produced by the Brewery Operations Management students in association with the NC Brewmaster. So when you head that way, do try one of these original beers. As the name suggests, they are made in small batches so there are limited products on offer. The products of the college are made using local produce benefiting the local farmers who produce malt and hops, in addition to honey and fruit that are used to flavour the brew.
A visit to the Niagara College Teaching Brewery offers not only a chance to see a one-of-a-kind institute in Canada but also to savour some amazing craft beer.
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