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Craft Brewing

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Steven Wagner, Program Director

Dr. Wagner, Professor of Biological Sciences, received a B.S. Chemistry and B.S. Biology from CWU in 1991 where he gained an interest in biochemistry and fermentation. Then he attended Oregon State University where he obtained a PhD in Genetics and further developed an appreciation for the diversity of northwest beers. In 2001, he accepted a position as in the Biological Sciences and taught a couple of courses in Biological Fermentation that focused on all fermentation processes from cheese to wine.  Dr. Wagner helped develop the Craft Beer Trade certificate program, now known as the Craft Brewing Certificate, served as an advisor for the program as well as taught Biochemistry of Brewing and Brewing Microbiology. In 2014, he developed the curriculum for the B.S. Craft Brewing Program, an interdisciplinary program in the College of Sciences, the first B.S. Craft Brewing degree to be offered in the U.S. Dr. Wagner completed a sabbatical in the spring of 2016 where he studied gene expression in yeast in relation to hop flavor metabolism at the Technical University of Munich, the world’s oldest brewing school.

Contact:Fall Quarter Office Hours:

Science Building, Room 236K              
(509) 899-1378

Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, or by appointment only.


Katie Olson (Kuntz), Program Manager

Currently the Program Manager of the CWU Craft Brewing Program and Continuing Education, Katie began assisting the program in 2014 and is now the primary contact for Craft Brewing by handling all administrative, promotional and program support.  She developed a love for craft beer (& the art of craft beer labels!) upon moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2013 where she now lives with her husband and golden retrievers, Remmi & Scout. She is a current member of the Pink Boots Society and is studying to become a Certified Cicerone.

B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

Contact:Office Hours
421 N Main Street, Ellensburg 
(509) 963-1386

By appointment only.


Dr. Wayne Quirk, Professor, Biological Sciences

Dr. Quirk received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1980. He earned his PhD from Washington State University in Experimental Physiology and Psychology and completed his post doctoral work at The University of Michigan. He has served Central Washington University in a number of roles including Dean of Graduate Studies and Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. He currently teaches graduate seminars and Anatomy and Physiology in the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Quirk is proud to be a member of the Craft Brewing Program and teaches the Sensory Analysis of Beer and is involved in guiding student research projects.

Contact:Fall Quarter Office Hours:
Science Building, Room 338F

(509) 963-2825

Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 am, or by appointment

Roger Beardsley, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Roger co-founded of The Roslyn Brewing Company, a microbrewery in Roslyn WA, where he was employed from 1990 to 2004. Currently, Mr. Beardsley teaches CRBW 360 Brew Process Technology as well as classes in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer in the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at Central Washington University.

PE: Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.



Contact:Fall Quarter Office Hours:
Hogue Technology Building, Room 203L

(509) 963-1596


CWU Craft Brewing
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7433
Ph: 509-963-1386
Fax: 509-963-1690


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