Brewmaster’s beer takes top prize

On September 26, Master Brewers Association of Canada members gathered at Amsterdam BrewHouse in Toronto to taste entries and vote on a winning beer for the Iron Brewery competition. Support liaison for Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program Alan Brown, left, holds his Iron Brewer trophy. He is shown with Paul Dickey, event organizer and member of the Niagara College Brewmaster program Advisory Committee.

On September 26, Master Brewers Association of Canada members gathered at Amsterdam BrewHouse in Toronto to taste entries and vote on a winning beer for the Iron Brewery competition. Support liaison for Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program Alan Brown, left, holds his Iron Brewer trophy. He is shown with Paul Dickey, event organizer and member of the Niagara College Brewmaster program Advisory Committee.


 
A Niagara College staff member and graduate was surprised when his beer won the annual Iron Brewer competition.
“Many of the beers were truly outstanding examples of the creative brewing arts … My victory is another example of the focus on brewing skills, science, and creativity that are the hallmarks of Niagara’s brewmaster program,” said Alan Brown, support liaison for the college’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program.
This is the second Iron Brewer win for Brown, who graduated from the program in 2013. Last year, he won third place for his spiced winter ale.
The competition was organized by the Ontario chapter of the Master Brewers Association of America – a group that promotes better beer and better brewing through education and research.
It challenges competitors to create at least 10 litres of beer, in any style, from a bag of specialty ingredients including several varieties of brewing grains, hops and yeast.
Brown was presented with an Iron Brewer trophy for his Highland Gale Highland Ale – an 8.2% 100-shilling wee heavy – ‘wee heavy’ referring to a very sweet smooth Scotch ale stronger than 5%, and ‘100-shilling’ indicating that it is stronger than a regular wee heavy.
“The deep rich chestnut-coloured ale with a fine-beaded persistent ivory head has a sweet wild honey nose, and a smooth and full-bodied palate with complex flavours of caramel, treacle, a touch of smokiness and a long warming finish,” a release from the college said.
In November, Brown will adapt his winning recipe to be brewed at the college’s teaching brewery with the aid of brewmaster program students. It will be available for sale at the teaching brewery before Christmas.
“This award is a testament to the industry expertise of staff and faculty at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute who our students learn from every day. We are very proud of Alan who is a graduate of our Brewmaster program and continues to be an inspiration to our students,” said Craig Youdale, dean of the college’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute.
This year’s judging was held at Amsterdam BrewHouse in Toronto, with proceeds donated to Prostate Cancer Canada.