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Reformation Brewery’s Nick Downs, left, consults with Chattahoochee Tech as the college develops its Brewing and Fermentation Production Technology program. From left, Downs, Chattahoochee Tech Dean of Business and Technical Studies Marcy Smith and Chattahoochee Tech Vice President for Facilities David Simmons.

A first-of-its kind program of study for Georgia is on tap for students 21 and over at Chattahoochee Technical College: craft beer brewing.

The Brewing and Fermentation Production Technology program at Chattahoochee Tech is slated to open for the fall 2022 semester at the college’s North Metro Campus. The new program will be unique to Chattahoochee Tech, according to Marcy Smith, dean of business and technical studies. No other two-year or four-year college or university in Georgia currently offers a brewing program.

“As the number of craft breweries has grown, so has the need for qualified employees,” Smith said in a statement. “Chattahoochee Tech has stepped up to the address this need by researching and developing this new program of study.”

There are now 136 craft breweries in Georgia, up from just 29 for the state in 2012, according to Chattahoochee Tech Associate Dean Frances Carlson, who will oversee the operation of this new program. Over the next year, an additional 43 craft breweries plan to open in Georgia.

“These craft breweries aren’t saloons or honky-tonks,” Carlson said in a prepared statement. “Instead, the modern-day craft brewery is a family-friendly, and often dog-friendly, place to eat, play games and socialize.”

Chattahoochee Tech’s new brewing program will include a three-barrel brewing lab, a semi-automated canning machine and lab equipment for quality control analysis.

In order to enroll in the program, students will have to be at least 21 years old. Program courses will include fundamentals about brewing, distillation and fermentation. Additional coursework will include production, operations, safety and sanitation, brewery software and associated process technologies. Students will have the option to earn an associate degree, diploma or Technical Certificate of Credit.

For more information, visit www.chattahoocheetech.edu.

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