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Another great year for the Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery

Another great year for the Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery concludes 2023 by adding more accolades to its impressive track record;

  • In July, it was named grand champion at the 2023 U.S. Open College Beer Championship, with all five entries winning awards.
  • At the Ontario Brewing Awards in December, the Teaching Brewery secured a gold medal for Beer 101 Bock and a silver medal for Beer 101 Strong Ale.
  • Both award-winning brews are part of the renowned Beer 101 series, known for its national and international accolades.
  • Brewmaster Professor Jon Downing expressed pride in the consistent success of students and graduates, emphasizing the program’s excellence.
  • The Ontario Brewing Awards showcased the achievements of NC Brewmaster graduates, many of whom are now working in the industry.
  • Aaron Spinney, a historic Brewmaster graduate, leads Merit Brewing Co. in Hamilton, which received gold for its wine hybrid, Happy Place.
  • Christian Hand, a 2017 Brewmaster graduate and Head Brewer at Couchiching Craft Brewing Co., celebrated consecutive gold wins for Black River Stout and a silver for Atherley Pale Ale at the 2023 awards.
  • The award-winning beers, Beer 101 Bock and Beer 101 Strong Ale, are available for purchase at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake and online at

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