Niagara College Teaching Brewery is Canada's first and only teaching
brewery, and a practical learning environment for students in
Niagara College's Brewmaster/Brewery Operations Management program.
Driven by the demand for skilled workers in Canada’s burgeoning
craft brewing industry, the brewery answers the need for a training
system that addresses all aspects of brewery education to fill
industry-specific positions with qualified people who have practical
experience and specialist knowledge in beer production, brewery
management and product sales/marketing. Website:
The open-concept state-of-the-art 1,500 sq. ft. teaching
micro-brewery facility allows students to brew their own craft beer
on-campus and gain significant hands-on training in beer making,
sales management and sensory evaluation. Located at the
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the facility includes both a large scale
system capable of producing 1,000 litres of beer and a smaller pilot
system that allows students to brew one keg at a time - an ideal
set-up for the creation of experimental brews and special beers for
events that highlight the interaction between beer, food and wine.
Wherever possible, the Niagara College Teaching Brewery uses local
products, while encouraging local farmers to produce malt and hops,
as well as other brew flavourings such as honey and fruit.
The Niagara College Teaching Brewery's inaugural products are now
available. Fittingly called "First Draft," these student-made beers
are available in lager and ale. Students will learn their craft by
brewing a full range of beers, including lagers, ales, seasonal
brews, wheat beers and more.
Niagara College Products available for sale
A Fresh Canadian Lager, brewed using the finest two row Pilsner,
Carafoam and Munich malts to give a golden straw colour and regular
strength but with a light body. Imported German and American hops
add a crisp noble hop character without overpowering the palate.
A Canadian Pale Ale brewed using Canadian two row Pale Ale malt
enhanced with English Maris Otter, a variety bred specifically for
the production of cask ales. Balancing the medium bodied malt
contribution is a mellow hop quality from a blend of traditional
English ale and North American hops.