Bishop’s Arches partners with local brewery for fresh take on classic recipe

By Michael Boriero, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

One of the most popular beers in Lennoxville is getting a local makeover after Bishop’s Arches Brewery teamed up with Brasserie 11 comtés to bring Quebecers a new twist on the university’s Tropical IPA.
Bishop’s Arches, an extension of the up-and-coming Graduate Certificate in Brewing Science program and part of the chemistry department, developed the campus-favourite beer four years ago, during the program’s first year in existence.
It became an instant hit, according to Giovanni Venditti, Brewing Science program lead and coordinator. The beer remains a go-to choice for students on campus, but he has been trying to find a way to properly commercialize the product.
Venditti realized the best course of action, while simultaneously growing the program’s international appeal, was to engage a local brewery, so he broached the topic with 11 comtés Brewmaster Mathieu Garceau-Tremblay.
“On site at the university, I don’t have the infrastructure, but the university gave me the go-ahead to go commercial and it makes a lot of sense to partner with a brewery,” he said.
Venditti said that Garceau-Tremblay, who also moonlights as the brewing program’s hops teacher, accepted the proposal with open arms, but it came with a small caveat. 11 comtés, which is located in Cookshire-Eaton, emphasizes Quebec-grown products.
“When I approached him about partnering, he said it’s in our DNA to use local ingredients, that’s their philosophy, it’s what makes them different,” said Venditti.

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