Augustana University offers minor in brewing & fermentation fall 2022

Augustana University will be the second university in South Dakota to offer courses in brewing and fermentation this fall.

The university announced its new brewing and fermentation minor Tuesday. South Dakota State University will also offer an undergraduate minor and certificate in the production and service of wine, beer and spirits this fall.

Brewing and fermentation adds to the list of interdisciplinary academic programs being developed as part of Augustana’s strategic plan Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030.

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The minor will include two tracks of study. In the applied brewing track, students will learn and apply the science behind fermentation, along with how to set up, run and troubleshoot fermentation equipment. In the brewing management track, students will apply business principles to the craft brewing industry.

Both tracks include local internships at places such as breweries, wineries or industrial fermenters.

The program is led by Stephanie Bruggeman, assistant professor of biology, with Cory Conover, associate professor of history, serving as course development advisor.

Steins full of beer are prepared for the stein holding competition during Germanfest in Sioux Falls on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

“This minor is so interdisciplinary,” Bruggeman said in a news release. “The opportunity for hands-on learning and the networking we’re going to provide them with — it’s something they can’t get anywhere else.”

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Bruggeman and Conover hope to engage art students to design labels, environmental studies students to grow ingredients, marketing students to create promotion plans, as well as a student-led group to provide education on the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages.

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