MCAST in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Brew and Valletta 2018 launch new craft beer Gallery

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - EDUCATION -

On 6 Oc­to­ber MCAST, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Brew, a key in­dus­try stake­holder and Valletta 2018 launched a lim­ited edi­tion craft beer called Gallery. This beer will be mar­keted as the of­fi­cial craft beer for the Valletta 2018 Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture.

Through this am­bi­tious project MCAST stu­dents fol­low­ing the Ad­vanced Di­ploma in Food Tech­nol­ogy pro­gramme of­fered at the MCAST In­sti­tute for Ap­plied Sci­ences con­nected with lo­cal key play­ers within the bev­er­age lo­cal in­dus­try to cre­ate the pro­duc­tion and pro­mo­tion of this craft beer. The for­mu­la­tion and pro­duc­tion of the craft beer was done in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with key in­dus­try stake­holder The Brew.

To­gether, MCAST and The Brew col­lab­o­rated to pro­duce this high qual­ity craft beer and to en­sure that the of­fi­cial craft beer for 2018 can reach lo­cal and for­eign cus­tomers. The Brew brought on board their vast brew­ing ex­per­tise and knowl­edge in ad­di­tion to the re­sources re­quired to be able to pro­duce the beer. To­gether four MCAST stu­dents who just fin­ished their de­gree in graphic de­sign and The Brew iden­ti­fied and pro­duced the high-qual­ity brand­ing and launched the prod­uct on both the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. This project was un­doubt­edly a pos­i­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for MCAST stu­dents.

The idea of the pro­duc­tion of this craft beer orig­i­nated from the MCAST In­sti­tute of Ap­plied Sci- ences through the course en­ti­tled Ad­vanced Di­ploma in Food Tech­nol­ogy. This mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary two-year pro­gramme is of­fered across four MCAST in­sti­tutes and in­cludes top­ics on food anal­y­sis, prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ing, food safety, cost ac­count­ing and prod­uct de­sign. The pro­gramme pro­vides learn­ers with the op­por­tu­nity to gain knowl­edge about the in­dus­try and in­sight to the rel­e­vant tools and skills through work-based el­e­ments and prac­ti­cal based mod­ules. It pre­pares learn­ers for em­ploy­ment within SMEs as well as medium to large or­gan­i­sa­tions that pro­duce a range of food and drink prod­ucts.

Dur­ing the first year of the run­ning of the Ad­vanced Di­ploma in Food Tech­nol­ogy pro­gramme, first year MCAST stu­dents also par­tic­i­pated in an in­ten­sive twoweek work place­ment in Leeuwar­den, Nether­lands. Leeuwar­den is Valletta’s twin Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture for 2018. Dur­ing these two weeks MCAST stu­dents worked in the “food fac­tory” un­der the guid­ance of highly ex­pe­ri­enced food tech­nol­o­gists at MBO life sci­ences. They pre­pared a large range of food prod­ucts, in­clud­ing beer, us­ing in­dus­trial pro­cesses. They have also car­ried out a se­ries of in­ves­ti­ga­tions to un­der­stand the prin­ci­ples of given food pro­duc­tion pro­cesses. This ex­pe­ri­ence gave stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate as­pects of food safety, food en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses; ef­fi­ciency in food pro­duc­tion and cre­ate in­no­va­tive food prod­ucts and helped them in the pro­duc­tion of Gallery.

The of­fi­cial craft beer Gallery will be dis­trib­uted in var­i­ous es­tab­lish­ments across Malta.

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