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Canada's Teaching Brewery

Welcome to Niagara College Teaching Brewery, the centre for beer education in the Niagara Peninsula and the only fully licensed teaching brewery in Canada.

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Hours of Operation

Winter Hours

November - April 

Sunday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm 

Saturday - 10:00am - 5:00pm 


Summer Hours

May-October 

Daily - 10:00am - 6:00pm 




Brewery Grand Opening

We're proud of our awards

The NC Teaching Brewery has won many awards for our brews in competition. Click here for a list of our awards won to date.

Visit our Retail Store

Seasonal beers and certified originals are available for sale at our retail store.

Current seasonal beers available for sale are:

  • 1812 Butlers Bitter
  • Brewmaster Strong Ale
  • Brewmaster IPA
  • Brewmaster Stout
  • Brewmaster Wheat
  • Brewmaster Cherry Pilsner

Looking for something original? Try a cleverly crafted certified original one off brew by our Niagara College Brewmaster students. Available while quantities last.

$5.70 for 650ml bottle

Niagara College Officially Opens Canada's First and Only Teaching Brewery

Niagara College officially opened its Teaching Brewery today marking a significant leap forward for beer education in Canada.

As part of Niagara College's Canadian Food and Wine Institute, the Niagara College Teaching Brewery, located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, is Canada’s first and only teaching brewery. The Brewery serves as a practical learning environment for students in Niagara College's Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program.

"We're very proud to open Canada's first and only teaching brewery," said Jon Ogryzlo, Dean of Niagara College's Canadian Food and Wine Institute. "This unique facility will serve as a living laboratory for students in our Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program, and provide valuable hands-on experience in everything from brewing to marketing and sales."

Driven by the demand for skilled workers in Canada's burgeoning craft brewing industry, the brewery answers the need for a training system that addresses all aspects of brewery education to fill industry-specific positions with qualified people who have practical experience and specialist knowledge in beer production, brewery management and product sales/marketing.

"Ontario Craft Brewers is proud to be a partner and supporter of Niagara College's ground-breaking new brewing program," said Gary McMullen, President of Muskoka Cottage Brewery and Chair of Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB). "Not only will it add to our province’s skilled labour force, it will bring our industry closer to its goal of becoming a centre of excellence for craft brewing in Ontario."

During the opening ceremonies, Black Oak Brewing Company Brewmaster Adrian Popowycz, a member of the OCB executive and chair of NC's Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program advisory committee, announced two $500 entrance scholarships for the program.

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