Booming Craft Beer Industry Catches USFSP Attention
Source: WPTV | By: Jason Beisel
Inside 3 Daughters Brewing warehouse near downtown St. Pete workers mix up a batch of one of their popular craft beers. In another room, an intern is examining and testing recipes.
Breweries like 3 Daughters need more people doing this. That’s where the University of South Florida St. Petersburg comes in.
“There are very few brewing arts programs anywhere in the country and we really believe that we are on the cutting edge with this one,” Frank Biafora said.
He is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSP.
USFSP is teaming up with 3 Daughters Brewing and Great Bay Distributors to offer a brewing arts program.
“This is actually for the hobbyist and enthusiasts,” Biafora said. “For those people that would like to work in a craft brewery, in the industry, or perhaps one day open their own brewery as well.”
The three-month course consists of modules and tests. The last month is spent interning at one of seven breweries participating. Students will then make their own batch of beer with a taste testing on graduation day.
The process teaches the ins and outs of craft brewing.