About 75 percent of the nation’s hop crop is grown in the Yakima Valley and this region has become famous in recent years for turning those hops - sent to beer makers around the world - into wonderful craft beers.  So, since we grow it and make it, we ought to be able to teach it right?  And they do, at Central Washington University.  The craft brewing program walks students through the scientific process of hops combining with other ingredients to become beer.

The news department at KIT just received an exciting news release from Central Washington University about its craft brewing program.

They say there is still plenty of demand for craft brewing professionals and they are expanding to help fill that need.

"Fortunately, the field offers a wide range of job opportunities in everything from laboratory science to hands-on brewing to merchandising. Central Washington University’s Craft Brewing program prepares its graduates for these jobs and more, yet there’s still a growing demand for craft brewing professionals."

The director of Central’s Craft Brewing program is Eric Graham, who says the program is expanding to all enrolled CWU students beginning this fall, instead of only science majors.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree that includes a brewery internship or they can pursue a minor featuring hands-on brewing experience; or those itchy to get to work can fast track with a one-year certificate which offers an overview of the science, technology, and merchandising aspects of the industry.

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2021 classes, including new offerings like Beer Styles of the World.