Craft beer movement brewing on campus
Pomona, Calif. — A bachelor's in beer? A master's in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies.
When California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, fired up its gleaming new stainless steel brewery in December, it joined a small but growing number of colleges instructing students how to produce high-quality craft beers. At the same time, it took the movement a step beyond — kegging the results of their labors and selling it on campus.
"To make the beer here and sell the beer here and have a cafe and have an educational component, we're the first to have put all those pieces together," Aaron Neilson, director of dining services for the Cal Poly Foundation, said over a lunch of pizza and — of course — beer at the school's new Innovation Brew Works.
Although Cal Poly officials say theirs is the only college in the country to make its own beer and sell it on campus, that could soon change. Colorado State University expects to begin selling its microbrewed beer at a campus pub later this year, said Jim Francis, director of the school's Beverage Business Institute.
Students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Oregon State University and other campuses around the country also make beer on campus.
A pioneer in the process is the University of California, Davis, where students have been brewing beer since the makers of Lucky Lager built them a microbrewery in 1959. Like the other campuses, however, Davis doesn't sell beer and has no plans to.
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