Peterborough man creates tea-infused beer that won him TAPS magazine award
Twenty-three-year-old Bentley Vass says he’s always wanted to a be an entrepreneur and that beer is his passion. And now, getting everyone to like it is his mission.
“I don’t really like the phrase ‘I don’t like beer,’ because I feel that you just haven’t tried the right beer,” said Vass.
As a student in Niagara College’s Brewmaster program, he got to experiment with a variety of ingredients and machinery. In his final year, he created a beer he hoped would encourage more people to step into the realm of craft beer.
“Mine was the Niagara Fog. So it’s meant to replicate sort of like a London fog like the tea drink — Earl grey tea, steamed milk, added a bit of lavender in there as you can find in some higher end earl grey tea lattes, so its just very smooth, well-rounded, fairly sweet, but it was really nice,” said Vass.
In his last year of the Brewmaster program, Vass brought home the golden boot, the first person in Peterborough to win it.
A panel of judges gave him the award from TAPS magazine after his beer sold the most tickets at the school’s student-run beer fest, where a table of certified judges awarded him the TAPS magazine golden boot.
“We sold the most tickets, we had the most people through the door, our beer just flew, so many people were there early,” said Vass.
Vass said he had a lot of support from his classmates.
“For me, it’s just an honour to even be considered in the top-three competing against them. I guess I couldn’t have done it without them, they were awesome. I’m pretty honoured to bring the trophy home to Peterborough,” said Vass.
So what’s next for this brewmaster?
“I’d love to open my own brewery in the area. In Peterborough, I’d love to make some sort of destination brewery and I’d just love to make my own beer.”
For him, sounds like he’s got the “pitcher” perfect plan.
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