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Aug. 17, 2019 | Saturday
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Niagara College crafts truly local beer
Elizabeth Beresford presents Hefe it Up, awarded the gold-level BrewON logo. (Supplied)

The Niagara College Teaching Brewery will continue to stand out for its use of locally grown hops as it joins the 17 craft breweries and one cider house that have already jumped on the BrewON initiative.

The Ontario Hop Growers’ Association launched the initiative in 2017 to encourage “farm to pint,” locally grown craft beers. Through the initiative, breweries are presented gold-level logos for brews crafted using 100 per cent locally grown hops, and a standard-level distinction is presented for those using 50 to 99 per cent.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake campus has been using its own locally grown hops since the inception of the brewmaster and brewery operations management program in 2010. A two-acre hop yard on campus has been available for students, with 12 varieties of hops on hand for aspiring brewmasters to take advantage of in their recipes.

“Across Ontario, farmers are growing hops and building connections with local craft brewers. We want to reach out to future brewers to get that message to them early,” said the association’s vice president, Rob Rombouts in a media release.

The first college product bearing the gold BrewON sticker was crafted by third-semester student Elizabeth Beresford for her Hefe It Up, which is a German-style wheat beer.

“I believe it is so important to use Ontario or locally-grown products as much as possible and not just for brewing,” said Beresford in the release. “It gives me a sense of pride knowing I have ingredients grown so close to home and I was so excited to have certified 100 per cent Ontario grown hops in my beer, as well as being able to advertise that fact on the can.”

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