Brew students tap bronze at the BC Beer Awards

Mon, Oct 23, 2017

B.C.’s only brewing diploma program isn’t just developing the next generation of brewers, it’s brewing award-winning beer, too.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) won bronze in the German wheat beer category competing against 17 other entries for their Weissbier at the 2017 BC Beer Awards on Saturday.

Brewed by instructor Martina Solano-Bielen and second-year brewing student Brice Jung, various batches were tested and tweaked by program coordinator and instructor Alek Egi before the team’s final selections were submitted. 

“We’re thrilled with our win at the BC Beer Awards,” said Egi. “It takes time to develop a quality product, and Martina and Brice really dedicated themselves to brewing a winning beer. It was a team effort and a reflection of the passion our instructors and students have for the art and science of brewing.”

This isn’t the first award for KPU brewing students and faculty this year – they also won gold and silver medals in the 2017 US Open College Beer Championships in May.

“We’re incredibly proud of our students, faculty and staff. The KPU brewing program is young compared to others around the world but we’re establishing a strong reputation as a top brewing school,” said Dr. Elizabeth Worobec, dean of KPU’s science and horticulture faculty, which oversees the brewing diploma program.

The BC Beer Awards recognize the very best of craft beer and ciders brewed in the province. Close to 900 entries were submitted from breweries across the province and awards were presented in more than 30 categories. 

Numerous KPU brewing alumni who work at local breweries also celebrated their breweries’ wins at the BC Beer Awards collecting 18 medals including 8 gold. For a complete list of winner, visit

The KPU Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma is the first program in Canada to be recognized by the Master Brewers Association for a standard of excellence in brewing education. For more information on the program, visit

For a behind-the-scenes tour of our teaching brewery, come to the next open house and information session on Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at KPU’s Langley campus (20901 Langley Bypass). The Brewing Lab is located behind Best Western hotel, across the parking lot. Please register for the open house at

Photos of KPU’s brewing team are available for download from KPU's Flickr page.

Story by DeAnn Bremner

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