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Better beer – a "Case" study

What's the best kept secret in northern New Brunswick? If you said Petit-Sault Microbrewery you'd be surprisingly close.

This successful Atlantic-based beer company owes part of its success to R&D teams operating from CCNB's two complementary research centers located in Grand Falls – namely the Biorefinery Technology Scale-Up Centre (BTSC) & the Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre (ECSWCC).

If you are a connoisseur of distilleries, microbreweries, and cider factories in Atlantic Canada, there is an almost 50/50 chance that CCNB (Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick) helped make their products better. Initially, the CCNB-BTSC started working with microbreweries on their recipe development. Today, the BTSC works with approximately 50 industrial partners annually, helping them with everything from identifying what kind of equipment to buy to what kind of control analyses they need and how to do them. From a farming perspective, the CCNB-ECSWCC provides much needed expertise to interested hop and grain producers. The ECSWCC became part of CCNB's network of applied research centers in 2012 as it was transferred by the Université de Moncton.

Not only do those centers make your happy hour just a little bit better, but both the BTSC and the ECSWCC have successfully attracted highly qualified personnel to work and live in rural New Brunswick. In most instances, young scientists and technicians were able to remain or return to the region, have families and prosper – therefore helping their community grow and prosper along with them.

While the ECSWCC and the BTSC have existed since 1991 and 2010, respectively, they received, in January 2017, a well-deserved vote of confidence in the form of a $2.16 million investment in their infrastructures. This funding came from both provincial and federal governments and will enable those two applied research centers to pursue their growth and keep better serving Atlantic and Eastern Canada SMEs.

The CCNB-BTSC and CCNB-ECSWCC have thus far worked with distilleries, microbreweries and cider factories located in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Quebec and Maine.

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