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Eric Graham, CRBW Director Lecturer Biological Sciences

Dr. Graham received his undergarduate degreee from the University of Washington, his PhD from UCLA and completed his post-doctoral work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panama.  He currently teaches both introductory and advanced Biology classes, including BIOL 464 - Terrestrial Plant Ecology.  Dr. Graham is very excited to be a member of the Craft Brewing Program.

Eric Graham currently teaches CRBW 317 Principles and Biochemistry of Brewing

Contact: (509)963-1511 Science Building, Room 236M  Email is recommended


Cole Provence, Lecturer, 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 Provence currently teaches CRBW 470 - Hops



Brian Labore, Lab Tech, Craft Brewing  

Brian LaBore earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology (conc: Ecology) with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY, and studied Environmental Toxicology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.  Brian has been a member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. He has attended and spoken at conferences, was an active member of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, built and ran quality control programs for two breweries for which he brewed beer, and has consumed fermented beverages in every hemisphere.  Brian enjoys a variety of fermented goods.


Contact:, 423-254-0040



Dr. Wayne Quirk, Professor, Biological Sciences & 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.

Dr. Quirk currently teaches CRBW 450 - Sensory Analysis  
Contact: (509) 963-2825 Science Building, Room 338F  


CWU Craft Brewing
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
Ph: 509-963-2731


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