The Canadian Brewing Awards saw the Niagara College Teaching Brewery take top honours for the already acclaimed Butler’s Bitter beer with a Golden Tap in the English Style Pale Ale category. This beer was developed as a celebration beer for the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and has proven to be the most popular brew prepared to date at the NC Teaching Brewery.
Butler’s Bitter is modern take on the traditional bitters style of beer and is in fact based on traditional recipes that were used in the 1800’s by English brewers. A well-balanced beer with caramel malts and English hops it is 4.4% alcohol and has proven to be a palate pleaser in the competitive arena on a number of occasions. Just last month this beer won a Gold in he Amber Ale category at the Ontario Beer Awards.
Speaking to the excitement of the team at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management Program Coordinator Jon Downing said “The success of this beer is directly attributable to the outstanding students that we have in our Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program.” He went on to commend the students saying “their commitment to excellence in brewing is what crafted this award winning beer; it is exciting for the entire Niagara College Teaching Brewery team but most exciting for the students to see the results of their hard work awarded repeatedly by the industry that they aspire to join upon graduation.”
Echoing Downings statement is the acting dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Insitute Craig Youdale who was on site to accept the award at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria BC. “Another award for the Butler’s Bitter beer is no surprise this beer is a shining example of the excellence being cultivated at the Niagara College Teaching Brewery. I commend the hardworking students for their efforts in crafting this beer the dedicated team of the Niagara College Teaching Brewery and am grateful to the Canadian Brewing Awards for this honour. This is yet another testament to the quality of our program and speaks to the high calibre of graduates that are now entering the work force.”
The Canadian Brewing Awards had 764 beer submissions in 38 categories by 120 Canadian breweries. The judging took place in Toronto over five days where a panel of 43 certified beer judges in a blind tasting. Beyond the success of the NC Teaching Brewery it is notable to mention that Ontario breweries won an astounding 14 Golds.
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.