Craft Beverage Exchange Group and Workshop Series

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Since 2010, the Fermentation Sciences program at Appalachian State University has secured external funding from the GoldenLEAF Foundation, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Small Business Administration, and North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center to present science-based, production-relevant workshops for the region's craft beverage industry.


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In collaboration with the Enology Services Lab, the Craft Beverage workshop series supports small businesses in craft beverage industries with workshops covering vineyard and hopyard issues, fermentation, product quality assurance, and sensory science. Meetings feature speakers who are either professionals or academic specialists in their field, and are often hosted by NC wineries and breweries. Topics are science-based with practical application for producers. 

The current workshop series is facilitated with support from the NC Biotechnology Center as an industry Exchange Group. The mission of this Exchange Group is to foster collaboration among members of the growing and dynamic fermentation/craft beverage industries of North Carolina. Meetings focus on fermentation technologies and scientific practices for use throughout the production process.  Meeting content will be practical and relevant to commercial production, enhancing producer and employee knowledge as well as end-product quality consistency and Good Management Practices. The group will facilitate regional communication with the intention of accelerating innovation, encouraging collaborative problem solving, and expediting the sustainable growth of these businesses across the state. 

Click here for examples of past & upcoming workshops.

See our presentations page for educational materials from past workshops.