It is rare to be allowed to drink students’ homework.
But that is the case, from a particular perspective, with soon graduates from the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) brewing program. The university program releases 10 beers as part of their annual screening of those who complete the program.
“The students’ signature beers are the result of their creativity and two years of intense learning in the diploma program,” said program president Dominic Bernard in a press release. “It’s exciting to see their passion combined with their skills and see them develop these recipes, brew them, perform quality control analyzes and participate in packaging, design and sales.”
The 10 beers are released every Friday; the first is Bad Habits Maple Bourbon Stout by Mark Yates and Leone Dutra and hit the shelves at KPU Brew Lab (20901 Langley Bypass) on January 28th.
“I’ve always been a big fan of stouts, so I wanted to come up with an idea that contained flavors I love outside of brewing,” Yates said in a press release. “The addition of maple and bourbon flavors creates a rich, delicious complement to the toasted notes in this beer.”
The 10 beers that are released are:
- Bad Habits Maple Bourbon Stout
- Best Blokes English Special Bitter (ESB)
- Cloudy Brown Ale
- Summertime Witbier
- Remember Belgian Pale Ale
- Big Softea Vanilla Chai Latte Stout
- Citrus Drop British Golden Ale
- Dark Haze Milk Stout
- Young Pils Italian Pilsner
- Big Apricot Fruit Season
The KPU brewing program has been recognized as one of the best in North America and has regularly won awards. Last year, it finished second at the US Open College Beer Championship.