Summer beer brewing course to be offered at WVU

Published by the Daily Athenaeum, April 12, 2017

For those looking to create their own buzz this summer, WVU has a course for that.

David Davis, WVU teaching assistant professor of horticulture, will be hosting a three-credit “Basic Beer Brewing” course over the summer.

Space is limited to 18 students and most of the classes will meet at Morgantown Brewing Company located downtown on University Avenue.

“Brewing is a science and an art,” Davis said. “I’ve enjoyed brewing and drinking beer for decades, it is a very exciting subject for me.”

Students will study several beer styles including ales, lagers, pale ales, stouts, wheat beers, pilsners, bocks and sour beers, and learn about how they are brewed. Topics of brewing terminology and changes in the industry and process, including the current trend away from the mega breweries toward microbreweries and craft beers, will also be covered.

“The craft beer brewing and microbrewery craze, is still in full swing,” Davis said.

During week two, students enrolled will make a batch of beer to be sampled by the end of the course.

“Beer has to begin with decent water,” Davis said. “Then, besides barley, hops and yeast, many things can be added such as spices, fruit, nuts and coffee.”

There will also be some tastings for students of age, as well as a discussion with a Morgantown Brewing Company employee about pairing beer with food and cooking with beer, a bit different than the popular “Vines to Wines” class also taught by Davis.

“The wine course is set up to teach sensory evaluation of wine, old world vs new world wines and has a major tasting component each class, ” Davis said. “The beer course focuses more on ingredients, the brewing process and styles of beer.”

The special topics course will be hosted by the horticulture department and will run from 6 to 8:50 p.m. for six consecutive Thursday nights May 18 through June 22.