Project Brew Expo 150: Students serve up craft brews with Canadian twist

The public will have an opportunity to sample what’s on tap from Canada’s next generation of brewmasters at Project Brew Beer Expo 150.

The Canadian sesquicentennial summer exhibition of student-made craft beer is hosted by students in the final semester class of Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program. The event will be held Friday, August 11 (5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) at the St. Catharines Market Square (50 Church St., St. Catharines).

Students will present a selection of 17 beer styles that have been locally developed and produced at the NC Teaching Brewery – with a Canadian twist. The Expo 150 theme was selected as a tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Montreal’s Expo 67. The students have each selected a different Canadian-themed icon to identify their beer and themselves as a brewer.

Brewmaster student Tomas Masden, event co-chair, is using a ‘Peace Tower of Sour’ icon to represent his kettle soured Witbier – what he calls the perfect refreshment for the summer heat. Masen, who is originally from Alliston and had a background in chemical engineering and bioengineering, had been working in the nuclear industry prior to enrolling at NC. As a Brewmaster student, he values the opportunity to not only create the beer others will enjoy but learning about event planning through the Project Brew experience.

“I’m looking forward to it being a celebration. It’s the cumulative project for our class and I’m excited to see and try everyone’s final beers,” he said. “It’s a great way for our class to work together one last time.”

Kimberly Lucas, who is originally from Toronto, is creating a Chamomile Passion Fruit Wheat Beer for the event, using the canoe as her icon. She is not only looking forward to sharing her own beer at the event but to celebrate those of her classmates.

“It has been really great finding out everyone’s strengths through the process, perhaps from previous jobs or careers, and putting together something that exposes all our hard work over the past 16 months,” she said.

Faculty advisor April Tyrrell noted that the event is an opportunity for the public to sample unique, locally developed and often experimental small batch beers from the College’s Teaching Brewery; and for graduating students to showcase what they have learned.

“Project Brew is the culmination of four semesters of learning for the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management students. Not only do the students design a recipe and create an original beer from scratch, they also plan and execute Project Brew to highlight the skills they have acquired during their time at Niagara College,” said Tyrrell. “This fun community event is an excellent opportunity for students to promote themselves and their beer to the general public.”

Matt Soos Memorial Fund

All proceeds from Project Brew will benefit a Memorial Fund in memory of 2014 Brewmaster graduate Matt Soos. The fund was established by Muskoka Brewery and Railway City Brewing – both former employers of Soos – and is awarded annually to the student who brews the best beer in the Niagara College Annual Brewmaster Competition.

The Soos family will be in attendance on August 11 to pour Matt Soos’ signature beer, which will be served at the event in addition to the student beers.


Tickets are $17.50 to $20, including entry to the event, a commemorative sample glass, and four beer tokens. Tickets may be purchased through the Project Brew website:

Source – Niagara College press release



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