Niagara College Teaching Brewery taps into two medals at Canadian Brewing Awards

Beer 101 Strong and Beer 101 Bitter are showcased at the NC Teaching Brewery retail store with their latest medals from the 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards.

Beer 101 Strong and Beer 101 Bitter are showcased at the NC Teaching Brewery retail store with their latest medals from the 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards. Niagara College photo

Niagara College press release – National accolades continue to pour in for the Niagara College Teaching Brewery with two new wins at the Canadian Brewing Awards (CBA).

Two popular student-crafted brews from Canada’s first Teaching Brewery – Beer 101 Bitter and Beer 101 Strong – were announced as bronze medal winners at Canada’s premiere craft brewing competition, held May 2-4 in Toronto. The 17th annual CBA event drew a record number of participants, with more than 2,000 entries from 308 breweries across Canada. Beer 101 Bitter won bronze in the English Bitters/ Ordinary or Special Bitter/ Best Bitter or ESB category, while Beer 101 Strong earned a bronze in the Scotch Ale category.

This marks the third year the NC Teaching Brewery has won at the CBA event; however, it is the first time it has won two CBA medals the same year. Both of this year’s winning brews area also repeat CBA winners; Butler’s Bitter, the bottled version of Beer 101 Bitter, won gold in 2013, and Beer 101 Strong won silver in 2018.

“National competitions like these showcase how Niagara College continues to lead the way in Canada’s growing craft beer industry,” said Steve Gill, general manager of NC’s Learning Enterprises. “The applied education we offer our Brewmaster students equips them with skills they need to succeed and lead the industry in the future, as well as hands-on experience with crafting quality products that are applauded as among the best in Canada.”

NC Brewmaster professor Jon Downing – who led the opening of more than 100 breweries around the world before bringing his expertise to NC prior to the launch of its Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program in 2010 – noted that the CBA wins are a testament to the unparalleled beer education NC offers. In addition to the Teaching Brewery’s two awards, it was also meaningful for him to see numerous Brewmaster alumni win awards at the event.

“Our students brew our beers every week to the highest standards in Canada, with the help of our dedicated staff and faculty who guide them through the process of making high quality beer consistently,” said Downing. “It’s an honour to see our students from their earliest learning in the Teaching Brewery through to becoming successful brewers working for some of the best breweries in the world. The fact that, as graduates, they continue to excel in the industry at all levels and areas is a testament to this program and to our College’s academic team.”

“We are so appreciative of the important role that the Niagara College Teaching Brewery plays in equipping and educating our future brewers with the relevant and practical skills they will need to succeed in this industry,” said Rob Engman, president of TAPS Media, parent company of the CBA. “Congratulations to the Niagara College CBAC 2019 winners. What a true testament of the strength of NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program.”

In addition to their recent medals, both of the winning brews have won numerous awards provincially, nationally and internationally. Butler’s Bitter, which was originally crafted to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, has more recently become available in cans as part of the Teaching Brewery’s Beer 101 series. The traditional light bodied, smooth drinking English style Bitter with a 4.4% alcohol content, has won several medals in addition to its CBA wins, including:

  • United States Open Beer Championships – gold in 2018 a bronze in 2017, silver in 2015, bronze in 2013, and gold in 2012;
  • Ontario Brewing Awards – silver in 2017, and gold in 2013;
  • Dublin Beer Cup – silver in 2013; and
  • World Beer Cup – bronze in 2014.

Beer 101 Strong was first brewed as a version of the Teaching Brewery’s Christmas beer, Rudolph’s Red Nose Ale. In addition to its CBA medals, the 7.5% Scottish ale’s medals include:

  • Ontario Brewing Awards – gold in 2016, and gold in 2012; and
  • U.S. Open Beer Championships – gold in 2018, bronze in 2017, 2016 and 2011.

NC Teaching Brewery’s Beer 101 Strong and Beer 101 Bitter were among 168 CBA winners this year. For a complete list of winners, visit Taps Magazine online.

The award-winning brews are available for purchase at the Niagara College Teaching Brewery retail store (135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake).


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