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Raising a glass as brewing course winds down

April 08, 2014

Diane Mar-Nicolle, 778.782.9586;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

Students who participated in Simon Fraser University’s first Brewing Science credit course will share what they’ve learned during a term wind-up on April 9.

A poster exhibit in the SFU Surrey campus mezzanine will feature their class work on the science of brewing beer–from topics such as local craft beer and economic growth to the physiology of hangovers. Students will be on hand from 3-4:30 p.m. to answer questions.

The credit course, a collaboration between SFU and Central City Brewers and Distillers, concludes its inaugural semester with kudos from industry, students and faculty.

Nathan Griffiths, a student who also works in the brewing industry and took the course to better assist his customers, says it has given him a deeper understanding of the biology and chemistry behind the brewing process.

Graham Ballantyne, an SFU alumnus who now works in IT Services at SFU and is an avid home brewer, re-registered as a student to take the course. “I thought it would help give a more scientific insight into my hobby and perhaps help me make better beers,” he says.

“The professors are both extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields and augmented the course with guest lectures who spoke about specific aspects of the brewing process. They've walked a fine line in keeping the course accessible to non-science students like myself and the more hard-core scientists in the class.”

Co-instructor Zamir Punja says, “It has been a great experience teaching a course where science and non-science students came together to learn about a topic of mutual interest. They have learned both the practical aspects of brewing and the realization of the importance of science and experimentation on beer production.

“As an industry partner, Central City Brewers and Distillers provided great practical experience for the students,” Punja adds. “As instructors, we also benefitted from their great interest in seeing the course moving forward.”

Plans are underway for a laboratory-based follow-up course in 2015, which will see students walk through the brewing process themselves and conduct the appropriate scientific analysis of the end product.

Following the poster exhibit Central City Brewers and Distillers (11411 Bridgeview Drive, off 128th Street at Scott Road) will host a social hour from 5-6 p.m. A bus will depart at 4:45 p.m. from the SFU Surrey campus entrance (by Blenz coffee on 102 Ave) to CCBD and return to SFU, Surrey shortly after 6 p.m.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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