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Brewing students set sights on east coast

Thursday, 25 August 2011

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Three students from ECU’s Graduate Diploma of Brewing have received donations from the Beer and Beef Club of Perth to support their studies, which will include an interstate study tour later this year.

Steve Brockman received $1000 for winning the Graduate Diploma of Brewing Annual Award, sponsored by the Beer and Beef Club of Perth. Runners up, Steph Cope and Paul Wyman, were awarded $250 each.

The Club not only donated the prize money for the student awards, but also $4500 to help fund an off-campus week of visits to Queensland and New South Wales breweries.

The tour includes visiting the Castlemaine brewery in Brisbane to observe state-of-the-art brewing equipment, the Fosters Brewery at Yatala to tour world's best practice energy recovery systems and the Stone and Wood Brewery in NSW where students will work and study for a week.

Club members and guests were taken on a tour of the new national pilot malting plant in the Malting and Brewing Research and Education Facility before lunch and the award presentation in Degrees Restaurant.

Lunch was provided by ECU Business and Hospitality Management students and included three cuts of beautifully presented Wagyu beef accompanied by Degrees Brewery Porter.

In presenting the awards, Beer and Beef Club Vice President Wesley Lawrence said all three recipients displayed passion and skill.

"The student awards and the fundraising we did to send ECU students interstate later this year is a tangible example of the Beer and Beef Club's commitment to furthering the knowledge and understanding of the brewing industry," Mr Lawrence said.

Brewing science student, Steve Brockman, who also works at The Monk Brewery, said he would use the award money to replace his eight year old laptop.

"I would really like to express my gratitude to the Beer and Beef Club for not only my award but also the donation the Club made today to ECU. This funding will enable the brewing students to participate in the interstate trip and visit facilities that will certainly be an educational eye opener for us all," said Steve.

School of Natural Sciences lecturer, Hugh Dunn, said the support of the Club added value to the students' experience at ECU.

"The relationship between a consumer group like the Beer and Beef Club and the University is probably a first in the brewing industry, with Club members wanting to give something back to support the education of young brewers." Mr Dunn said.

"Without the Club’s support our study tour, which is itself unique in Australian brewing education, simply wouldn’t have been possible and we are all very appreciative of the Beer and Beef Club's ongoing support."

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