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Interns brew beer for course credit

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 09:02

“People used to get sick from water and the only thing they could drink was beer,” he said. “There’s a rumor that Britain would ship their ales to workers in India. The British would add more hops to preserve the beer — known today as Indian pale ale.”

Throughout history, there has been a connection between beer and college, Leonard said. The first president of Harvard was fired for failing to provide students with enough beer.

Weber said she gained a taste for craft beer and tries various beers from different breweries. She plans to enroll in a beer taste-testing class specifically.

“I’m sure I’ll be able to tell different tastes are due to yeast or pH levels,” she said. “I want to be up to that level.”

After work is done, Weber returns to the brewery at night to enjoy the fruits of her labor, she said. Customers enjoy ping-pong, darts, basketball and beer on tap.

Since the program’s conception, two more internships at USFSP are now offered at Cigar City and Green Bench breweries. USFSP expects two more breweries to partner with the program in the next month.

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