B.C. Beer Awards supports SFU brewing students with grant

Carlo Milan (in white, with cheque) was the inaugural recipient of the B.C. Beer Awards Starter Kit bursary for SFU Craft Brewing Essentials Program students. Contributed photo

The B.C. Beer Awards announced the first recipient of its annual grant to support students in Simon Fraser University’s Craft Brewing Essentials Program. The grant, titled “The B.C. Beer Awards Starter Kit” provides $3,200 towards tuition for students in the program.

“The B.C. Beer Awards recognizes the hard work and passion that their peers in the beer industry demonstrate day to day, and want to provide an opportunity for a deserving student to be involved in this community,” the organization said in a press release earlier this week.

The winner of the grant was Carlo Milan. Engineer during the day, all things beer expert at night, Milan is originally from Italy and brings his passion for great food and design to the local craft beer community.

The grant was funded by the sale of the B.C. Beer Awards collaboration beer. Mount Arrowsmith BrewingBackcountry Brewing and BREWHALL teamed up to create a fresh-hopped kolsch called Group Project as the official beer of the 2018 B.C. Beer Awards. Group Project was brewed with German malts provided by Brewers Supply Group and fresh Lumberjack hops, donated by BC Hop Company, picked at the farm just hours before brewing.

The B.C. Beer Awards & Festival has become one of the most anticipated awards ceremonies and beer tasting festivals in the province and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The festival will be returning to the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Tickets will go on sale in July. More information to be released at the end of June.

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