Here in East Tennessee, we love the Smoky Mountains, we love our football and more recently we love our craft beer.
The rising popularity of micro brewers and craft beer pubs lead Todd White to start the Professional Brew Science program at South College.
"In the south, it's just now starting to explode, the craft beer industry. It's been exploding all over the United States pushing 20 years maybe and there is a huge demand to train a lot of good brewers. There's only two major schools that were providing education for brew masters. One is in Chicago, one is on the west coast, up to a 3 year waiting list."
The program consists of three quarters with courses ranging from fermentation microbiology to how to run the business end of owning your own brewery.
In the second quarter, students find themselves spending just as much time in the Smoky Mountain Brewery at Turkey Creek as they do in the classroom. Marty Velas, Brewmaster at Smoky Mountain Brewery, is glad to see South College providing a place for aspiring brewers to learn.
"We want the next generation of craft brewers to have the skills and the tools that they need because right now we're at a crucial point. The demographics have accepted it. It's not a fad, it's not a trend. It's part of the American culture."
If you are interested in in the program, you can get more information at www.southcollegetn.edu or by calling 865-251-1800.