BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The owners of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Ken Grossman and Katie Gonser, decided to support the brewing science program developed by UC Davis and they offered them $2 million. These UC Davis brewing programs are the only ones in North America that are accredited by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London.
Besides the financial support, Sierra Nevada will provide course instruction, the maintenance of the campus brewery and its equipment, and guidance for students and teaching assistants. They will select an endowed brewer that will be assisting these activities.
The first endowed brewer will be Joe Williams, who is currently a staff researcher for UC Davis. He will be the link with the UC Davis brewing industry and will also serve as a host for those who come to visit the campus brewery.
The UC Davis professors are incredibly excited about the wonderful gift Sierra Nevada have provided. Charlie Bamforth, a food science professor and also an endowed professor of malting and brewing sciences, is confident that the students involved in this program will grasp the importance of making beer and will thoroughly learn the brewing techniques.
However, this is not the first time when Sierra Nevada and UC Davis collaborate. Grossman, one of the owner, hosts three times a year a lecture on the Introduction to Beer and Brewing. He also allows Bamforth and his students to take tours of the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico. Moreover, Bamforth is also a frequent guest speaker at the Sierra Nevada brewery and he and Grossman are really close friends.
The both parts are excited about their collaboration. The Sierra Nevada owners recognize the quality and eagerness of the people that are trying to be a part of the brewing industry and are optimistic that this collaboration of theirs will provide the best specialists and the best of quality in the brewing industry.
The goal of this collaboration is to allow the program to continue to instruct passionate brewers and teach them how to enhance their skill and produce beer of the best quality. Moreover, the program sparked interest in many people who are now willing to follow the courses and become specialized brewers. The brewing industry is continuously growing and is sure to shortly become one of the top occupations among the Americans.
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