The Halifax school is in the process of getting a brewing licence and purchasing $50,000 of beer-making equipment.
Andrew MacIntosh, a professor at the school who also works at the Canadian Institute of Fermentation Technology, said new beer-making equipment is needed because the facility has outgrown its existing gear.
The university already offers brewing science courses through its engineering department.
"We want to connect more with industry but also create better connections with our students," he said.
"We see this as an opportunity to combat some of the negative aspects of drinking on campus and try to promote a culture of responsible drinking, and understanding the product that people are producing locally ... that they can be quite proud of."
He said the 200-litre brewing system being purchased is only a fraction of the size of what one would find at a small brew pub.
How to make a better brew
Supported by public and private funding, the institute offers scientific analysis of products using gear that a small business could likely not afford. The institute also provides help with improving methods of making wine, beer and spirits.
"They can get to the bottom of what's causing any issues we might be having."
Giffen said the company is working with the institute on another project, but said he couldn't elaborate because of competitive details.
The institute also worked with another Nova Scotia company to perfect the FizzWizz, a device that automates and perfects the carbonation process when bottling beer.
From seafood to suds
The institute's focus has changed in recent years.
The facility is an offshoot of the Canadian Fisheries Institute of Technology, a 30-year-old endeavour that continues to support the seafood and nutritional supplements industries, but MacIntosh said that research is winding down.
MacIntosh, an engineer by trade who did his PhD thesis about carbonation, said he never thought his day job would end up where it has.