Monday, April 18th, 2011

Niagara College Adds Canada’s first Brewmaster Program to Culinary Arts

Beer Making Programs

Students will gain experience in beer production and brewery management.

Ned Flanders once joked about having a Ph.D in Mixology, but students can now become certified brewmasters. As part of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, their “Teaching Brewery” will open its doors at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, and will be Canada’s first.

“We’re very proud to open Canada’s first and only teaching brewery,” said Jon Ogryzlo, Dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

“This unique facility will serve as a living laboratory for students in our Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program, and provide valuable hands-on experience in everything from brewing to marketing and sales.”

Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will focus on specific skills to meet the new demands of a suddenly burgeoning industry. Students will gain experience in beer production, brewery management and product sales/marketing.

“Not only will it add to our province’s skilled labour force, it will bring our industry closer to its goal of becoming a centre of excellence for craft brewing in Ontario,” said Gary McMullen, President of Muskoka Cottage Brewery and Chair of Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB).

The facility is an open-concept state-of-the-art 1,500 sq. ft. micro-brewery facility, which will allow students to brew 3,000 liters of beer

Schools mentioned: Niagara College

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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