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Craft Brewing

College of the Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Steven Wagner, Program Director 

Currently on Professional Leave in Bavaria

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.

Dr. Wagner is currently on professional leave this academic year (2018-19) as he is in Bavaria hunting for new yeast strains.

Katie Olson, Program Manager

As the Program Manager of the CWU Craft Brewing Program, Katie serves as the primary contact for program inquiries and handles 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, baby boy, and golden retrievers, Remmi & Scout. She is a current member of the Pink Boots Society - Yakima Chapter.

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

By appointment only.


Dr. Wayne Quirk, Professor, Biological Sciences

Current Interim Director, CWU Craft Brewing

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.

Dr. Quirk currently teaches CRBW 450 - Sensory Analysis and CRBW 499 - Senior Seminar

Contact:Office Hours:
Science Building, Room 338F

(509) 963-2825

By appointment.

Cole Provence, Professor, CWU Craft Brewing

Cole Provence received a B.S. degree in Zoology from Weber State University and minored in Botany and Anthropology. He then attended Michigan State University where he obtained a M.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a focus on water chemistry. While attending MSU, Cole developed an interest in learning how to brew beer, and briefly interned at Michigan Brewing Company until he graduated in 2008. In 2011, Cole worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Corvallis for Dr.’s Walt Mahaffee and Dave Gent where he conducted research on plant diseases and physiology of wine grapes and hops. Before getting hired at CWU, Cole was the Technical Manager at Yakima Chief- Hopunion where he developed the new hop farm QA/ QC program used throughout the industry, and is still used today. Cole has also worked at Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon and at Archery Summit winery in Dundee, Oregon; and is a member of the Master Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association.

Cole currently teaches CRBW 470 - Hops

Contact:Office Hours:
email: Cole.Provence@cwu.eduBy 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:Office Hours:
Hogue Technology Building, Room 203L

(509) 963-1596

By appointment only.

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


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