You can earn a university degree in brewing beer

You can earn a university degree in brewing beer

Davis : CA : USA | Mar 01, 2010 at 1:28 PM PST
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You have amazing beer breweries in Sacramento. One of the best is Mike Marz, located in the city of Folsom, winner of Sierra Nevada's "2009 Home Brewer of the Year." Sacramento/Davis area is supposedly the best beer town in the country and the has the nation's only degree-granting program in brewing beer.

Why are Marz's brews one of the best in Sacramento? It's up to individual taste. Basically you have taste buds on your tongue controlled by genes. Some people are born 'tasters' and others are 'non-tasters.' The tasting gene controls your ability to sense bitterness on the back of your tongue when it comes to eating foods such as vegetables. Some people taste the plant-based ingredients used to brew beer in different ways. Some taste beer as bitter and strong. And others taste beer as sweet and fruity. It's all in the genes of your taste buds.

When a brewer is chosen as Home Brewer of the Year for any given year, it's not based on an individual's genetic makeup of taste buds. It's based on what the majority of people drinking the beer think of the beer, whether one or more judges select the beers based on the brews.

It's not about one person subjectively choosing a beer. For example, go taste some of Marz's beers. Most people will agree that the beers are some of the best brews you've had, ever.

One of the reasons why Sacramento is the center of the microbrewery business in California is that it is centered in the midst of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Anchor Steam Brewing Company. Sacramento is located right in the middle of the most successful and influential microbreweries.

For example, right here, Hoppy (Brewing Company) has one of two training sessions of the American Brewers Guild. Would you like to become a brew master?

People who are in training to become brew masters often visit the area to study techniques, for example, at UC Davis. If you're interested in learning to be a beer brew master, check out the thorough and successful training program offered at UC Davis Extended Studies Program (Extension program offerings). See the site, Master Brewers Program - UC Davis Extension.

Yes, you can earn your bachelors degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis. Or you can take training courses without matriculating for a college degree by taking the courses in becoming a brew master through UC Davis's Extension program of courses leading to a certificate. Check out the Master Brewers Program - - UC Davis Extension.

If a degree is in your future or graduate work, UC Davis offers degrees in Brewing Science. UC Davis' program is only one of three in the world and the only program to date in the nation. You might even become a professor of Brewing Science one day, with enough graduate degrees, if that's what you aspire to become. But you'd better get on UC Davis's waiting list.

There usually are more students who want a degree in Brewing Science than there are openings in the academic program. The next best is to take the Extended Studies program. You'll learn specific techniques. You can earn a bachelor's degree or even your PhD and maybe become a professor of brewing beer and/or wine. Check out the program, PhD Degree Requirements — UC Davis Food Science & Technology.

Sacramento/Davis area is geographically where it's at in the nation as far as training to brew the best beer and related types of fermented beverages. Nutritionists would like to see more non-alcoholic beers that might be of interest to senior citizens that have problems absorbing vitamin B from supplements.

Who's the instructor at the UC Davis programs in brewing? See the article, "Brewing Basics: Going Beyond the Kit - UC Davis Extension."

What Can You Learn at UC Davis Extension Programs in Micro Brewing?

According to the program description's website, the courses will teach you to master the basics of brewing all malt beer from UC Davis' longtime home brewers. See, smell and taste the raw materials that go into making a fine bottle of beer and gain the confidence to go beyond the extract home brewing kit stage.

Learn about several beer styles, the essentials of sanitation and the intricacies of each step in traditional malt brewing. Participate in hands-on brewing with state-of-the-art home brewing equipment and discuss alternative methods of packaging your homebrew. Discover mashing and boiling as you gain knowledge of brewing yeasts and spoilage microorganisms. Note: You must be 21 years of age or older to enroll and attend.

Who's the Instructor?

Michael Ramsey is the teaching laboratory manager for the Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, where he is responsible for assisting students in planning and coordinating department laboratory classes, according to the UC Davis website's course description. He is a winemaker for a small vineyard operation in Winters, Calif., as well as a judge at regional brewing competitions. With a degree in fermentation science from UC Davis, Ramsey spent 15 years brewing professionally and has received numerous commercial and home brew awards. If the class fills up, get on the UC Extension waiting list by going to the website and clicking the waiting list icon.


March 27-28: Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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