OSHAWA, Ont. — On March 27, Durham College and its Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) will mark the official launch of the Centre for Craft Brewing Innovation (CCBI) at the Whitby campus.
The centre features a pilot brew line and brew lab, which were purchased using a $150,000 Applied-Research-Tools-and-Instruments grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The CCBI offers craft brewers access to expertise, state-of-the-art technology and micro-analytical services.
Under the direction of an experienced microbiologist and brewmaster, the CCBI can help craft brewers address challenges they may be facing, including experimenting with new recipes and flavour profiles, propagating and maintaining yeast strains and conducting scientific analyses to ensure the analytical and microbiological integrity of their beer.
In addition to supporting craft brewers, the CCBI also allows students to gain valuable experience by working on research projects with brewers — challenging them to apply what they are learning in class to address real industry problems.