It may be amber in colour but the Niagara College Teaching Brewery’s popular Butler’s Bitter is beginning to look a lot like gold.
On April 30 the NC Teaching Brewery’s Butler’s Bitter won Gold in the Amber category at the Ontario Brewing Awards beating eight other entries in that category. The winners were announced on April 30 at the OBA gala event held at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.
Based on recipes developed in the 1800s by traditional English brewers Butler’s Bitter is a 4.4% alcohol ale well-balanced with caramel malts and English hops. It won Gold at the United States Open Beer Championships last year.
“It has been only two years since the Niagara College Teaching Brewery first opened its doors as the first of its kind in Canada but it has already established itself as a leader in the industry” said Craig Youdale acting dean of the CFWI. “Beer crafted by our students has competed favourably both nationally and internationally showing that our graduates are well-prepared to enter the industry.”
While Butler’s Bitter received the accolades Brewmaster professor Jon Downing said NC students were the real winners.
“By applying what they have learned in the program our students brewed monitored and packaged the beer ensuring the highest possible quality” he said. “The fact that Niagara College graduates summer hire students past and present professors and Program Advisory Committee members were behind 36 other awards at this year’s OBAs is also a testament to the strength of Niagara College’s Brewmaster program.”
For 10 years the OBAs has invited brewers to share their passion for brewing locally-made beer with the drinkers of Ontario. The OBAs are managed jointly by Beerlicious Inc. and Roger Mittag of Thirst for Knowledge.
This isn’t the first OBA win for the NC Teaching Brewery. In 2012 the NC Teaching Brewery won a Gold and a People’s Choice Award at the OBAs in the Strong Beer category for its Rudolph’s Red Nose Ale.
Butler’s Bitter is available for purchase at the Teaching Brewery’s retail store located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (behind the greenhouse) in 650 ml bottles and growlers. The store is open seven days per week.
The NC Teaching Brewery the only fully-licensed teaching brewery in Canada opened at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus in April 2011. The facility allows students to brew their own craft beer on campus and get hands-on training in beer making management and sensory evaluation.