Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Universities Tap into Craft Beer Growth, Offer Classes

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Universities Tap into Craft Beer Growth, Offer Classes

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MONTPELIER, Vt. With an explosion in growth in the craft beer industry over the last decade, its not enough to simply have a passion for brewing and beer when it comes to starting a brewery or working for one as the industry gets more competitive. Recognizing that, some universities are now offering programs on the business of craft beer.

In the last decade, the number of craft breweries has grown to more than 4,000 in the U.S. today, from more than 1,400 in 2005, according to the Brewers Association.

A lot of breweries started out five or 10 years ago with a focus on beer, said Gregory Dunkling, director of the University of Vermonts new online business of craft beer certificate program, which starts in February. Back then, a home brewer may have been able to create some great recipes but didnt have the business acumen so along the way hired staff to cover marketing, sales, the business operation, he said. …

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