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CWU Craft Brewing Program Lauded by USA Today

Central Washington University’s craft brewing degree ranked among the top 5 craft beer college programs in the nation in a recent USA Today report.

CWU’s bachelor of science in craft brewing and craft brewing certificate program were third on a list of the five colleges where students can best turn an interest in finely crafted beers into a potential career.

“The program has only been in existence since 2009, but it is already garnering attention,” according to the newspaper. “It trains students to both ferment their own ales, as well as properly manage a business and test for quality assurance.”

In addition to CWU, other schools making the list included the University of California, Davis, Oregon State University, Appalachian State University, and San Diego State University.

“We’re extremely proud of our craft brewing program, so it’s gratifying whenever we’re in the conversation as one of the top schools in the field,” noted Steven Wagner, director of the craft brewing program. “Our location near the Yakima Valley, largest hop growing region in the country, puts us in a perfect position to experiment and develop a wide variety of styles and types of beers.”

CWU’s craft brewing major is an interdisciplinary degree program offered by the College of Sciences. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of brewing, including fermentation science and analytical laboratory techniques. The craft brewing certification is a one-year interdisciplinary program through Continuing Education.

Both prepare students for a career in brewing production, quality assurance, brewery management, beer merchandising, distribution, brewing technology, packaging, safety, sanitation, sensory evaluation, and entrepreneurship.

Media contact: Rich Moreno, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,

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