CWUNewsNews Beer Alumnus Explains Why We Should Be Thankful for Beer, 22 Nov 2017 14:12:05<p>Thanksgiving can be a time of great reflection. The process of actively pondering what we are thankful for can be deeply rewarding. Being the guy that says “I’m thankful for beer” sounds shallow and silly at face value, but I’m putting that down on record right here and will press the point that it can mean much more than a trite quip. Beer is a big part of my life and I am genuinely thankful for it in many ways:</p><p>• Beer preserves history and tradition. Brewing has been handed down through cultures for millennia. This has involved processes and ingredients unique to certain peoples and has been a vessel for preserving one’s heritage into the future. Beer has played this role in countless examples across the world.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this essay in the<a href="" target="_blank"> Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p><p>Authored by Wesley Cutlip, a Certified Cicerone and graduate of Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in craft brewing. He owns Cutlip Beverage Consulting.</p></br>Spotlight: CWU's First-in-Washington Craft Brewing Program, 03 Oct 2017 10:33:54<p><img alt="" src="/craft-brewing/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">With more than 5,000 craft breweries in the United States and more than 330 in Washington state alone, the beer industry has become increasingly competitive. Breweries are desperate for people with an intimate knowledge of the brewing process and the science behind it.</p><p>Answering that demand is Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, which now offers a craft brewing certificate and bachelor of science in craft brewing programs. Both are the first of their kind in Washington state.</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle Business</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p></br>Craft Brew Grad Opens Dark Moon Craft Beer in Ellensburg, 01 Aug 2017 08:06:41<p><img alt="" src="/craft-brewing/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;"></p><p>If you don’t have the time to travel across the state or the Northwest and into Montana looking for unique, craft brewery beers, Matt Armstrong is providing a local destination — Dark Moon Craft Beer at 420 N. Pearl St. in downtown Ellensburg.</p><p>Armstrong received a certificate through the craft brewing program at Central Washington University. His father, Jim, is the executive director of the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce. His mom, Liahna, is a Central Washington University professor but she also started a wine shop in town so he has a family and business support system.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Tuesday, August 1, 2017</p>“Brewing is Central” CWU’s Groundbreaking New Brew Degree, 23 Jun 2017 15:27:18<p><img alt="" src="/craft-brewing/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">The craft brew industry is growing exponentially. There are more than 5,000 craft breweries in the U.S., and a major challenge for them is finding professional brewers. But a new solution to their problem is just 45 minutes away from Yakima — at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. It offers the first Craft Brewing Bachelor of Science degree in the United States, and probably in the world, says Dr. Steve Wagner, director of the program.</p><p>Americans chugged down more than 22 billion dollars worth of craft beer in 2015, and new breweries are popping up all the time. The epicenter of all that beer making is on the West Coast, with much of it here in Washington state. We are home to more than 300 craft breweries, second only to California.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p>CraftED Puts Your Taste Buds to the Test April 20, 17 Apr 2017 09:18:27<p>Put the fun in fundraising at CraftED Kittitas County, a benefit promoting craft beer, the local craft beer community, and Central Washington University's Craft Brewing Program.</p><p>On mystery taps, four local, independent breweries— Dru Bru, Iron Horse Brewery, Roslyn Brewing Company, and Whipsaw Brewing— will feature their version of a Northwest Ale.</p><p>The FUNdraising will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., April 20, at Bruce's Place, 600 N Main St, in Ellensburg. Attendees will purchase a flight of four beers, blind taste this Northwest classic style and complete their CraftED tasting sheet by matching the ale to its brewery. Each correct answer will receive a raffle ticket, with raffles occurring every 30 minutes starting at 6:30 p.m. The flight of four beers is $6.99.</p><p>After challenging your taste buds, you can purchase a pint of your favorite brew. Each pint sold will include a commemorative pint glass, featuring all four breweries.&nbsp; Complement your Northwest ale by purchasing a specially paired small bite prepared by the chefs at Bruce’s Place.</p><p>A percentage of the proceeds from the event will go to the CWU Craft Brewing Foundation account for future equipment purchases.</p><p>For more information on the CWU Craft Brewing or CraftED Kittitas County, contact Katie Kuntz,, 509-963-1386.</p><p>Nationwide, craft breweries currently employ an estimated 121,843 full- and part-time workers in a variety of roles including many manufacturing jobs. Locally, craft brewing is a growing part of the economic development of central Washington.</p><p>CWU Craft Brewing Program trains students to be knowledgeable professionals for this ever growing industry, which now represents a 12 percent market share of the overall beer industry. The program is celebrating its two-year anniversary of offering the only Bachelor of Science Degree in Craft brewing in Washington State.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>April 17, 2017</p>2016 a Banner Year for CWU, 29 Dec 2016 08:06:21<p><br><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/barge-hall-snow.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 330px;"></p><p>In so many ways, 2016 was a landmark year for Central Washington University. Throughout the past 12 months, we’ve completed major construction projects—and started new ones. We’ve been named as a top institution by numerous agencies, and our programs, faculty, students, and staff have been recognized as the best in the nation. We have ramped up our commitment to social justice, and encouraged forums, demonstrations, and presentations to encourage and motivate our campus community.</p><p>And, as we celebrate our 125th anniversary year, we are mindful that the accomplishments of the past are the foundation of our successes today. We hope these achievements will inspire the university’s next 125 years.</p><p>Below is just a small sampling of the high points of a remarkable journey around the sun.</p><p><strong>Highlights of 2016</strong></p><p>SPRING</p><p><strong>CWU, Microsoft, Real Madrid Foundation Create Youth Leadership Program</strong><br>The world-renowned <a href="" target="_blank">Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft, and CWU kicked-off a new partnership </a>and youth leadership program called GAME ON! The program—the first of its kind on the West Coast—combines computer training with soccer workshops to promote youth leadership and computer coding skills.</p><p><strong>SHAPE America Names CWU Alumna National High School Teacher of the Year</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">Sara Russell was named National High School Teacher of the Year </a>by SHAPE America (the Society of Health and Physical Educators) at its national convention in Minneapolis. Russell teaches physical education at Tahoma Junior High School in Maple Valley. She earned her master’s degree in health and physical education in 2009.</p><p><strong>Renovation/Construction Transforms Samuelson Union Building</strong><br>In May, Lydig Construction began<a href="" target="_blank"> renovation and construction work on the Samuelson Union Building</a>, one of CWU’s oldest and most iconic buildings. The state-funded project will renovate the Depression-era SUB into an integrated computer science technology center.</p><p><strong>CWU Appoints New Leadership</strong><br>CWU appointed <a href="" target="_blank">Katherine Frank</a>, former dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Norther Kentucky University, as the new provost/vice president for academic and student life.&nbsp; In addition, <a href="’hare-vice-president-enrollment-management" target="_blank">Sharon O’Hare</a> was named vice president of enrollment management. O’Hare was formerly the associate vice president for enrollment management and student success at the University of Montana. They both began their tenures in July</p><p>SUMMER</p><p><strong>Chemistry Major Receives $50K EPA Fellowship</strong><br>Undergraduate<a href="" target="_blank"> Justin Rodriguez received a $50,000 EPA fellowship</a> for his research in environmental chemistry. Rodriguez was the only person in Washington State, and one of only two in the Pacific Northwest to receive this prestigious fellowship.</p><p><strong>Craft Brewing Program Ranked Number 1</strong><br>CWU's <a href="" target="_blank">craft brewing program was ranked No. 1 </a>in the United States in “Training America’s Next Brewers: The Top Brew Schools in the US,” published by America Unraveled.</p><p><strong>DeShields Earns International Award for LGBTQ Leadership</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">Richard DeShields, associate dean for student living</a>, is the recipient of the 2016 Judy Spain Award. The accolade recognizes contributions to the LGBT community through activities that promote positive growth, development, and education. The Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) presented DeShields with the award during its annual conference in Seattle.</p><p><strong>CWU Earns A1 Bond Rating</strong><br>Moody’s Investors Service has reaffirmed <a href="" target="_blank">CWU’s A-1 bond rating</a>, which is effectively the highest rating a comprehensive university such as Central can achieve.</p><p><strong>CWU Sociology Professor Laura Appleton Creates Lasting Legacy</strong><br>Described affectionately as a “cross between Earth mother and Genghis Khan,” longtime sociology professor Laura Appleton died in August. <a href="" target="_blank">Her family and friends donated $400,000</a> to establish the Laura L. Appleton Endowment for Graduate Study in Sociology to help a CWU sociology major attend the graduate program of their choice.</p><p><strong>CWU Officers Win National Award for Rape Defense Education</strong><br>CWU’s finest have received nationwide recognition for their involvement with the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems of Self Defense. At the organization’s recent 19th annual conference, <a href="" target="_blank">Captain Jason Berthon-Koch and Officer Todd Ames were honored </a>for their longtime service as RAD instructors.</p><p><strong>Forbes Top 600 Universities</strong><br><a href=";refURL=&amp;referrer=#543d337a4f28" target="_blank">CWU was ranked as one of Forbes Magazine’s top 600 universities</a> in the United States.</p><p>FALL</p><p><strong>CWU Wins Opportunity to Serve Students at Joint Base Lewis-McChord</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">CWU is now one of only four Washington higher education institutions</a> allowed to provide instruction directly at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is the largest military installation on the West Coast.</p><p><strong>CWU Claims Another Award for its Commitment to Diversity</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">Central is one of just two schools in the state—and only 14 nationally</a>—to be recognized as a “national role model” for its commitment to diversity by Minority Access, Inc., a national organization that honors diversity in academic access and achievement.</p><p><strong>CWU Dedicates State-of-the-Art Science II Facility</strong><br>The new $64 million <a href="" target="_blank">Science II hosted a grand opening ceremony</a> in October. Science II boasts a planetarium, observatory tower, scanning electron microscope, and specialty labs, including a chamber that completely absorbs all sound. In December, the building was chosen as a winner of the Inland Northwest AGC Build Northwest Awards.</p><p><strong>CWU Sets First-year Enrollment Record Fall 2016</strong><br>Central reported<a href="" target="_blank"> a 15 percent increase in first-year fall enrollment,</a> setting a new record. This comes on the heels of a record 21 percent increase in first-year students for 2015-16 fall quarter. This year, 1,908 first-year students are enrolled, up from 1,654 last fall.&nbsp; Overall, a total of 10,559 undergraduates enrolled in CWU classes during the 2016-17 academic year.</p><p><strong>$3 Million Consortium Grant to Improve STEM Education</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">The university is co-leading a $3 million National Sciences Foundation grant</a> designed to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher preparation programs across Washington State. Jennifer Dechaine, biological sciences, and Anne Egger, geological sciences, will receive $298,289 for their work over the next four years on the project, “Collaborative Research: The Next Generation of STEM Teacher Preparation in Washington State.”</p><p><strong>Alumna Named Washington State Teacher of the Year</strong><br>Once again, <a href="" target="_blank">one of Central’s alumni have been named the Washington State Teacher of the Year</a>. Camille Jones, from Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy, received the 2017 award—becoming the fifth CWU graduate to receive that honor since 2005.</p><p><strong>CWU Community Participates in Peace March</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">The campus community participated in a peace march </a>organized by Not In Our Kittitas County in November. The Not In Our Kittitas County campaign is aimed at stopping hate and building a safe and inclusive environment. It comes in response to activity by the Ku Klux Klan in Ellensburg earlier this fall.</p><p><strong>University Police Honored as Department of the Year</strong></p><p>The Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (WACLEA) recently named <a href="" target="_blank">CWU’s Police and Parking Services as the 2016 Department of the Year</a>.</p><p><strong>Best Online University in Washington</strong><br>According to Best Value Scho</br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>What Brew is Best for the Bird? CWU’s Craft Brew Expert Shares His Views, 23 Nov 2016 12:13:26<p><img alt="" src="/sciences/sites/" style="width: 348px; height: 145px;"></p><p>Thanksgiving dinner, with all of its rich and complex flavors, can be difficult to pair with beverages. Steve Wagner, biology professor and director of CWU’s unique craft brewing program, has a few tips to help you find the best — and mostly local—brew for your turkey day.</p><p>“A good, simple choice would be an American pale ale,” said Wagner. “Its crisp fruity and flavor flavor profile doesn’t conflict with the complex flavors of the typical Thanksgiving spread. It enhances the sweet and savory flavors of the feast.” His recommendations include Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale Ale, Engine House No. 9’s Don of Time, and Hilliard’s 12th Can Pale Ale.&nbsp;</p><p>For those who like a darker, more malty, sweet beer, Wagner recommends a Deschutes Brewery Jubelale—“it’s not as dark as a porter but it is chewy with raisin, dried plum, and toffee notes ”—and won’t fill you up like a heavier beer. He also recommends Yakima Craft 1982 Amber Ale and Dru Bru Schwarzbier.</p><p>For a brew that will take you through desert, Wagner suggests a Ninkasi’s Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt Ale or Iron Horse Brewery’s Cozy Sweater will pair nicely with pumpkin pie. “But if you want something different for desert,” he notes, “you might try a sour beer such as pFriem’s Frambozen (Raspberry) Lambic-style Ale or Double Mountain’s Tahoma (Rainier) Kriek Lambic-style Ale.”</p><p>“Of course, these are just suggestions,” he added. “The important thing is that you enjoy it.”</p><p>And if it matters to you, a great craft beer can add up to 250 calories per pint to the feast. But considering that one average slice of pumpkin pie is close to 350 calories, <em>sans</em> whipped cream, a tasty brew won’t be a dietary dealbreaker.</p><p><em>CWU offers the only craft brewing baccalaureate program in the United States. The Craft Brewing degree is built upon a strong foundation in science and is focused on providing students with content, experience, and skills in brewing science, analytical laboratory techniques, quality assurance, and management. Additionally, courses incorporate hands-on and inquiry based learning opportunities through case studies, pilot brewing, field trips, industry speakers, and research activities. The program prepares graduates for a career in the brewing production, quality assurance, brewery management, beer merchandising, distribution, brewing technology, packaging, safety, sanitation, sensory evaluation, and entrepreneurship. For more information, go to</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>Breweries Thirsty For Fresh Central Washington Craft Beer Grads, 18 Oct 2016 08:26:01<p><img alt="" src="/sciences/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 338px;"></p><p>A degree program in craft brewing is in its second year at Central Washington University and beer school graduates are in high demand in a market that’s growing rapidly.</p><p>In fact, program Director Steve Wagner said whether students complete a certificate or the bachelor’s degree, the school can’t meet the market’s demand for brewers.</p><p>“Basically, breweries contact us pretty often looking for students to work at breweries and sometimes during the year, since students are in school, we can’t fulfill all the placements,” Wagner said. “This is a really good time to be a craft brewing student and to get jobs.”</p><p>Read more of this story at <a href="">Northwest Public Radio.</a></p><p>Photo by Emily Schwing/Northwest News Network</p><p>October 17, 2016</p>Craft Brewing Program Ranked No. 1 by America Unraveled, 26 Jul 2016 14:45:04<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Craft_brewing_June_2016_WEB.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">CWU's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">craft brewing program</a> was ranked No. 1 in the United States in a story recently published by America Unraveled:&nbsp;</p><h4>Training America’s Next Brewers:<br>The Top Brew Schools in the US</h4><p>You love beer. You love the recent explosion of micro and nano-brewed craft beer. You’ve been brewing at home for ages. Your dream is to open a microbrewery – but do you know how? It seems like many people have been asking the same question.</p><p>So many people that a number of universities have begun to put together craft beer programs designed to help microbrewers run their businesses successfully. We investigated many of the programs and have ranked our top 5.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">full story</a> by Jane Saxon on&nbsp;</p><p><em>Photo:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 16.8px;">Craft Brewing Program Manager&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Katie </span>Kuntz with Program&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Director Steve Wagner.</span></em></p><p>July 26, 2016</p></br></span style="line-height: 16.8px;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Brewing Experiment Yields 30 Brews in 30 Days, 23 Feb 2016 10:06:28<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/craft%20brewing.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 157px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">A marathon brewing experiment will soon yield heady results. Central Washington University’s Craft Brewing Program has partnered with Yakima Valley Hops and BREWHA Equipment Co. to create a cooperative educational brewing event. The event began February 1, and will end March 1.</span></p><p>Their goal was to brew 30 beers in 30 days using a malt neutral recipe. The purpose was to study 30 hop varieties for their potential flavor contributions.</p><p>"This is an incredible opportunity to evaluate hop flavors, and how they can be compared in a controlled experiment,” said Steve Wagner, director of the CWU Craft Brewing Program, and professor of biological sciences. CWU is the first university to offer a four-year bachelor of science degree in craft brewing. “It is rare to be able to evaluate the individual contribution of hop flavors but this project should be of high interest to brewers interested in the use of these varieties of hops.”</p><p>With the expansion of hop breeding programs and widespread cultivation of Humulus lupulus, brewing has evolved to suit preferences of tasters around the world. Classic varieties bred with wild hops from North America have generated cultivars that impart greater complexity to beer. The line between bittering and aromatic hops is fading for a more dynamic experience.</p><p>“In addition, the technology has now evolved where we can brew small individual batches without having to invest a large amount of materials and time,” continued Wagner. “We can more easily—and economically—evaluate a taste profile. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun to experiment!”</p><p>The brewing is taking place at the laboratories of CWU's Craft Brewing Research Lab, and in the brew room of Yakima Valley Hops. The results will be evaluated in hop sensory/tasting panels at Yakima Valley Hops.<br><br>Cicerone Wes Cutlip will lead sensory panels comprised of local industry and craft beer professionals. Cutlip is a current student in the Bachelor of Science Craft Brewing Degree Program at CWU and recent graduate of the Craft Brewing Certificate program. Once the tastings are finished, the panel will create a report of their findings to share with the public.</p><p>The main catalyst for the project, Frank Addeo, who wrote the proposal, served as a technical liaison between CWU and YVH, corresponded with equipment manufacturers, and have put in countless hours, days and nights to make the project a success with brewing and cellaring.</p><p>&nbsp;For more information and to follow updates, go to</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>February 23, 2016</p><p><em>Edited March 10, 2017 to add information about Frank Addeo's contribution to the project.</em><br>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></br>