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Auburn University to offer degree in brewing science...maybe

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by Mebuzzard, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. Mebuzzard

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    "...The school's board unanimously approved the program, which is awaiting the blessing of the Alabama Commission of Higher Education this summer. Competition is fierce for the inaugural class of 10 students, who could start the 18-hour, distance-learning program as soon as 2014.

    Auburn would be one of only two universities in the U.S. to offer such a program – the other is the University of California, Davis. Auburn's foresight is unusual since Alabama's antiquated liquor laws have stalled the craft beer craze that started in the U.S. a little over a decade ago. Alabama and Mississippi are the only states where home brewing is still illegal, and Alabama only legalized the sale of gourmet beers with high-alcohol content in 2009.
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    http://www.wnem.com/story/21303117/university-taps-into-booming-craft-beer-market
     
  2. VDODSON

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    This I would be interested in, and being accredited it seems the Air Force would pay for it.
     
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    I hate AU and everything they stand for, but that is pretty badass they are offering this course. It's very smart because it can be a very lucrative business in the state of AL where there is a limited craft beer market.
     
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    I'd definitely be interested. Since its distance learning, I'm going to assume the vast majority of it would not require one to visit the campus.
     
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    This is a joke, right??? Brewing education in AL consists of "It's the devil!" (and we ain't talkin' Duvel here...).

    I went to high school in Tuscaloosa, but if this is legit I'm gonna have to scream WAR EAGLE occasionally.
     
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    Its legit. They arent brewing beer tho which I find odd. If you had a brewery on/around campus that the students made batches on it would be a huge thing.
     
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    Oregon State University offers one within their Food Science degree

    http://oregonstate.edu/dept/foodsci/undergrad/fermopt.htm

    and some newish non credit classes as well,

    https://pne.oregonstate.edu/catalog/brewing-science-courses#introduction-section

    Here is the requirements for Davis

    http://foodscience.ucdavis.edu/undergrad/brewing-science-option

    It is interesting to note that if you look at the requirements for both Davis and OSU they have only 3 classes on brewing, with the rest pretty serious undergraduate science degree. (Which is good by the way).
     
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    My buddy took a brewing class at Florida International University, if I recall correctly.
     
  9. jglowe77

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    A degree that takes 18 hours to get? Sweet education, bro.
     
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    Its a start.
     
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    Cellaring class would be a logical grad program
     
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    Yep, FIU in Miami offers a Wine & Beverage Management Certificate program and it contains a class and a lab on brewing science.

    http://hospitality.fiu.edu/programs.asp?programs=certificate_programs_non-degree_students

    I hear they have an active Brewer's Club. I attended an event at the recent South Beach Wine & Food Festival, hosted by the Food Network. The beer selection was only Amstel beers, because Amstel was the official sponsor (lame) but there was one event where they did a presentation on different styles of beer and the FIU Brewing Club provided their beers for the event.
     
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    It's a graduate certification program. You don't get a degree.
     
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    A lot of the cali breweries take the UCD "brewers" on as interns! I always thought was awesome.
     
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    This is the motivation I'd need to go back to school! Hopefully the class is VERY hands on :)
     
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    I'm about to graduate college. I literally have 6 weeks left and I will be done, and yet if Auburn really does this, I will gladly take 4 more years. Please, oh please sweet Lord, let this come to pass.
     
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    There is a forum on this website for Homebrewing. I assure you that if you start reading those threads, for free, you will learn a hell of alot more than taking an 18 credit course.

    /sips homebrewed Tripel brewed with medium hard water and a bump of chloride 22% of fermentables as cane sugar Westmalle yeast at 500,000 cells per ml per plato fermented comparatively cool carbonated to 3.5 volumes CO2 and ready in 2 weeks.:eek:
     
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    As an Alabama graduate I'm sure there's some kind joke I should make, but I can't/won't. Good for AU.
     
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    Well, after our horriffic football and basketball seasons, this is something to be proud of.
     
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    No lie... I have a neighbor two houses down who graduated from Auburn. He stops by the other day with a Miller lite in hand. I politely wait for him to finish and offer him a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Neighbor says, " No thanks. I like my beer watered down." At first I thought he was joking, but then he started another conversation. Now I'm not saying that all Auburn grads are like this but I like to think so... but hey what do I know?? This just coming from an LSU grad. Geaux Tigers!
     
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    But seriously... that would be a cool class.
     
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    I hang out with some LSU grads who also partake in Miller Lite. I hang out with quite a few college grads/football fans from all over and the vast majority enjoy their BMC products. Conversely, they drink really good liquor--I don't know why they can't get into craft.

    I remember at some tailgate at a football game some time ago, I brought some Bigfoot and offered tastings of it to anyone interested...got a lot of "too strong for me" type comments.
     
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    War Eagle!
     
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