Skip to main content
Main Penn College Website

Brewing major capital-izes on state’s blossoming beer industry


Cooley, Ingram and Richards (from left) stand outside Gov. Tom Wolf's residence ...
Cooley, Ingram and Richards (from left) stand outside Gov. Tom Wolf’s residence …
... and mingle with proponents of the prosperous brewing industry in The Keystone State.
… and mingle with proponents of the prosperous brewing industry in The Keystone State.
The numbers speak for themselves: "From grain to glass," the economic impact is enormous.
The numbers speak for themselves: “From grain to glass,” the economic impact is enormous.

Penn College and its brewing and fermentation science major were well-represented Tuesday in Harrisburg, where faculty and an administrator attended a “Tapping Into Pennsylvania’s Beer Industry” event at the Governor’s Mansion. Among those on hand were several employees instrumental in development of the two-year degree, including D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science; Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology; and David R. Richards, professor of physics. “The experience provided us the opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders, share insight about our program and discuss internship opportunities,” said Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications, who accompanied faculty members and provided the photos. The group watched the “Poured in PA” documentary, which outlines the opportunities and challenges associated with the multibillion-dollar craft beer industry. The film includes a pre-Penn College segment about Timothy L. Yarrington, a professional brewmaster, highlighting the importance of education and high standards within the field. (Yarrington, an instructor of brewing and fermentation science at the college, was unable to attend the event.)

Related Stories

Brewing & Fermentation Science
Master Brewers Association recognizes Penn College certificate
Read more
Brewing & Fermentation Science
Yuengling scholarship includes Penn College brewing program
Read more
Starting in Fall 2021, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s associate-degree major in brewing and fermentation science will become a one-year certificate offering, reducing the time needed to complete the program, while maintaining the rigor and quality of the instruction. Brewing & Fermentation Science
Brewing certificate begins Fall 2021 at Penn College
Read more