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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Niagara College to officially open Canada’s first Teaching Distillery Oct. 4

Niagara College will celebrate the opening of Canada’s first Teaching Distillery, home of its new Artisan Distilling (Graduate Certificate) program, at a special event at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus on Thursday, Oct. 4.

WHAT: Media are invited to attend the grand opening celebration, see the College’s new Teaching Distillery, meet the first cohort of Artisan Distilling students, and speak with NC faculty, staff and special guest Dr. Don Livermore, master blender at Hiram Walker & Sons.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Niagara College Teaching Distillery (beside the Wine Visitor + Education Centre)
NC Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, 135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake

WHO: Dr. Don Livermore, College president Dan Patterson, NC’s distiller David Dickson, students, faculty and staff from the Artisan Distilling program will be available for media interviews and photos.

The Artisan Distilling program provides an in-depth understanding of the scientific, technological and business aspects of distilling and fermentation. Students gain relevant skills, knowledge and experiences in the production cycle of distilled spirits, including production, testing/analysis, and packaging/merchandising

Graduates will go on to pursue careers working with both small- and large-volume distilleries as distillation technicians, product development and quality control experts, export licensees, sales and operations professionals and more. Learn more at

Students will receive hands-on experience with industry standard equipment in a brand new 2,500 square-foot distillery facility, located on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, directly adjacent to the College’s Wine Visitor + Education Centre. Five stills, four mash tuns and ten fermenters allow for on-site production of a wide variety of distilled products. The Teaching Distillery adds to NC’s other on-campus learning enterprises in the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, including the NC Teaching Winery, Teaching Brewery, and Benchmark Restaurant.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit

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