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Student signature beers showcase brewing talent at KPU

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:18 PST, Wed February 8, 2023

A class of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students have brewed a refreshing finale to their studies with a series of signature beers scheduled for release over the next seven weeks.

Students in their final semester of the two-year brewing and brewery operations program work together each year to make their own signature beer. Beginning this month, one new beer from seven student teams will be released to the public each Friday at the KPU Brew Lab.

“The Signature Series beers are an exciting opportunity for our second-year students to showcase their talents and the variety of skills they’ve learned in the brewing program,” says Brett Favaro, dean of the Faculty of Science and Horticulture. “Students develop their signature recipes, brew the beers, analyze, conduct sensory analysis, package, and market their products just like they would if they were running their own brewery. That’s the genius of a polytechnic education: practical experience that better prepares our grads for the workforce.”

The first release is a traditional German-style ale with characteristics of a lager, brewed by students Ernesto Cabral and Freddy Nota. Ctrl Alt Del Altbier is a well-balanced, bitter-yet-malty beer with a smooth, clean finish.

“We wanted to brew a beer that can be enjoyed every day—simple, not too heavy or overpowering and a mid-range alcohol level. This Altbier is an uncomplicated, traditional brew but at the same time, complex in malt and hops character. It’s a delicious and refreshing old-style beer,” says Cabral.

The 2023 Signature Series beers will be available in six-packs on Fridays through March 24, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the KPU Brew Lab in Langley (20901 Langley Byp.). These student brews will also be served as a KPU flight on March 2 and April 6 at the Barley Merchant Taproom & Kitchen, also in Langley (20090 91A Ave.).

Student beers and release dates: 

• Ctrl Alt Del Altbier, Feb. 3

• Cherry Pie Hefeweizen, Feb. 10

• Zest Friend American Pale Ale, Feb. 17

• Sunny Day Session Ale, March 3

• Xocolatl Chocolate Milk Stout, March 10

• Cool Head Session IPA, March 17

• Equinox Belgian-style Saison, March 24

Learn more about the Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma at KPU.

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