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New Belgium Brewing Gifts a Million Dollars to Colorado State University

The Fort Collins university recently added Fermentation Science and Technology as a new major in its curriculum.

CSU student examining rice hulls used during mashing of grains
CSU student examining rice hulls used during mashing of grains
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Colorado State University's new program, Fermentation Science and Technology, aims to help students earn a degree that will educate them in "the science and art of fermenting foods and beverages," according to the program mission statement.

New Belgium, the Fort Collins-based brewery has committed to contributing $500,000 to the new program, for renovations, research and the hands-on learning capabilities necessary to educate the students seeking a B.S. in Fermentation Science and Technology. The gift will be dispersed over the course of five years, to help in building the university's new fermentation lab. New Belgium co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kim Jordan, will personally gift an additional $500,000 to help with the new addition.

CSU President Tony Frank said in a press release:

CSU deeply appreciates the support - both financial and professional - that New Belgium Brewing and Kim Jordan are providing to our Fermentation Science and Technology program. The success of this program is a direct reflection of the strong commitment it has received from industry partners, and New Belgium provides our students with a wonderful example of a flourishing business where sustainability, innovation and a spirit of community are pillars of the operation.

The New Belgium Fermentation Science and Technology Laboratory is expected to be completed in August.

New Belgium Brewery

500 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524 970 221 0524 Visit Website