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Posted September 28, 2018

Niagara College’s Teaching Distillery opens in October

Niagara-on-the-Lake – First announced in May 2016, the new Teaching Distillery at Niagara College is gearing up to open on October 4, 2018 with the inaugural class of the school’s Artisan Distilling Graduate Certificate class.

David Dickson, Distiller (Niagara College)

The popularity of craft spirits is following closely behind beer and cider, with about 34 craft distilleries now operating in Ontario.

A new, 2,500 sq-ft facility has been constructed at the college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, joining its Teaching Brewery and Teaching Winery (where cider is also produced).

The program is being led by David Dickson, formerly the head distiller at Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers in Beamsville.

Dickson explains, “Even in the early planning stages of the College’s program, I knew this would be something unique. I’m excited to join the CFWI team to create a positive student experience, push the boundaries of distillation sciences, and help the college become a leader in Canada’s distilling industry.”

Graduates will be poised to enter careers such as distilling and distillation management, product development, sales, quality control, and more. The two-term program focuses on distilling operations, science, sensory analysis, legal and regulatory, and quality control.

(Niagara College)

“With the addition of a distiller, NC is the only school in the world with a fulltime wine maker, fulltime brewer and fulltime distiller as part of the educational process,” said Steve Gill, general manager of the College’s learning enterprises.

A limited amount of spirits are planned to be available for sale at the campus’ Wine Visitor + Education Centre.

For admission information, visit Niagara College’s Food and Wine Institute.

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