St. Petersburg, Florida — As craft beer and the home brewing industry continue to grow in popularity, the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg has teamed up with 3 Daughters Brewing and Great Bay Distributors to offer a course in brewing arts.
The course combines 10-weeks of self-paced online learning as well as a hands-on component at one of seven breweries in the area.
“Anyone can sign up for it. You don’t have to be a registered student of USF-St. Pete,” said Jim Leonard, director of the Brewing Arts program.
“It’s a fairly extensive program, so to do the program, you need to have a passion for brewing. I think it’s for people who really want to get into the brewing industry. It’s also for people who are home brewers who want to know more. They want to make the best beer they can and they want to know more about it.”
During the program, students will learn everything from the science and history of beer to developing a business plan for a brewery.
Frank Biafora, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USF-St. Petersburg said the program comes at a good time due to the current and anticipated growth of the brewing industry in Florida.
“Projecting out in the next couple of years, there could be as many as 500 breweries over time with an economic impact of about 2.5 billion dollars in the state,” said Biafora. “And it was really because of that, looking at the future, that we’ve recognized, in partnership with 3 Daughters and Great Bay Distributors that a program in the brewing arts would be highly successful and important as well.”