Winter is Brewing: Project Brew event rings in the holidays

Friday, December 7, 2018 -
17:30 to 21:30

The next edition of the College's popular Project Brew is coming to the St. Catharines Market Square on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Winter is Brewing will feature 18 chill-banishing beers created by fourth semester Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management students.

The event, held each semester, is an opportunity for the public to sample unique, locally developed and often experimental small batch beers from the College’s Teaching Brewery, while graduating students showcase what they have learned. The evening will also feature, music, food vendors, and more. 

This semester’s theme, Winter is Brewing, has energized the students to create some one-of-a-kind holiday-inspired beers, like Michelle Verge’s Cedar Aged West Coast IPA, or Nicholas Jakubowski’s Sugar Plum Fairy - an amber spiced plum ale, made with traditional German lebkuchengewürz spices and aged on Niagara plums.

“Project Brew really exemplifies the depth of experience students receive in the program,” said faculty advisor April Tyrrell. “It’s a unique opportunity for them to demonstrate the skills they’ve learned not only creating unique beer, but also planning and executing a large-scale community event.”

Student beers will be judged on site and Praxair, one of the event sponsors, will award a $4,500 scholarship to the graduating student who creates the winning beer.

Tickets for Project Brew: Winter is Brewing are $20 in advance (online) or $25 at the door (limited; must be 19 years of age or older with valid photo ID). Admission includes a commemorative sample glass and four drink tokens. Proceeds from Project Brew support the Matt Soos Memorial Fund, which awards a scholarship each year to the student who brews the best beer at the College’s August Brewmaster Competition. 

Meet the brewers, get a sneak peek at the brews, order tickets and find more details at  

NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program was launched in 2010 as the first of its kind in Canada. The award-winning, two-year program offers extensive hands-on training at an on-site, state-of-the-art Teaching Brewery to prepare students for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. Located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, students learn from award-winning faculty and have access to on-site hop yard and local farm products to brew a full range of beer styles. Visit

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit