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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Niagara College - Teaching Brewery Grand Opening

NC Teaching Brewery
I can't believe it has almost been a year since I made my first trip to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Niagara College campus with a number of OCB members to get more information on the new Brewmaster program the college was pulling together. We spent the day hearing about the Teaching Brewery, the staff who'd be educating the first crop of students, the astoundingly high number of applicants and the college's plans moving forward.

I've been back to the college and the Teaching Brewery on a number of occasions for TAPS business and I've been lucky to have met and befriended a number of students, faculty and staff. So, it is with great pleasure that I post the following information, albeit last minute, about the college's Grand Opening Celebrations!

Tomorrow is going to be a great day for Niagara College (NC) as the Niagara-On-The-Lake campus is hosting their Grand Opening celebration for the Niagara College Teaching Brewery (Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management Program).

The celebrations will kick off at 12pm with a Brewmasters Lunch at the college's Benchmark Restaurant. Featuring three courses, with three matching beers, the lunch menu has been created by Chef Michael Olson (a new TAPS contributor). The cost of the lunch is $40.

From NC: We’ve planned a full slate of activities in the afternoon and evening that showcase Canada’s first and only teaching brewery, our first-ever class of Brewmaster/Brewery Operations Management students, and the unique approach of our Canadian Food and Wine Institute, which combines food, wine and beer education.

Following what I'm sure will be an excellent lunch there will be a Beer Technical Symposium, where grower Mike Driscoll will talk about the use of Ontario hops in craft beer. The symposium will run from 2pm to 4pm which will be followed up with a cask-tapping ceremony with NC President Dan Patterson, NC faculty and staff and beer industry representatives.

And they're not done yet... To cap off the day, NC will be hosting a five course Brewmasters Dinner that will be paired with five beers.

The dinner will kick off at 6:30pm and run until 9pm, with presentations throughout on food and beer pairings by brewmasters and chefs. The cost to attend the dinner is $75 and the menu, like the lunch menu, has been created by Chef Michael Olson.

To RSVP for the lunch and/or dinner, contact - Space is limited -

Click here to look back on all the NC Brewmaster & Brewery Operations Management posts I have up on the blog

Wednesday, April 13th Niagara College Teaching Brewery Grand Opening!
Canada's First and Only Teaching Brewery
Beer Lunch - $40
Beer Dinner - $75
Menu created by Chef Olson

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