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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.)