Panel Discussion Highlights SLU Brewing Science Program
The Brewing Science and Operations Program from Saint Louis University’s School for Professional Studies will host a panel discussion and Q&A session, “The Importance of an Educated Industry,” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. The event will be held in the Langenberg Theater at the Venture Café satellite location at the Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132.
The panel is part of “The Art of Alcohol” event hosted by the Venture Café. The evening is free and open to the public.
In 2019 SLU’s School for Professional Studies launched a first-of-its-kind brewing certificate program in partnership with the entire Greater St. Louis brewing community. Taught by local industry professionals with decades of combined experience, SLU’s Brewing Science and Operations program is a hybrid of online teaching and in-person site visits to area breweries, distribution centers and more. The Nov. 19 discussion, will look at how this partnership and program came together, the challenges and benefits of teaching on an online platform, how to break into the brewing industry and the critical importance of beer education.
The discussion will be moderated by Troika Brodsky, who serves as both executive director of the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Foundation and as director of the new SLU Brewing Science and Operations program.
Panelists from both faculty and students in the new program include:
Mitch Turner: SLU instructor and sales director for craft beer and spirits, Major Brands Premium Beverage Distributors
- Stephen Hale: SLU instructor and founding brewer, The Saint Louis Brewery0 Schlafly Beer
- Jeff Pitts: SLU instructor and senior general manager (retired), Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery
- Abbey Spencer: SLU instructor and head brewer, Third Wheel Brewing
- Dr. John Witte: SLU instructor and director of beverage operations, Square One Brewery & Distillery
- John Buerck, Ph.D.., associate dean of academic affairs, SLU School for Professional Studies
Spring term classes begin Monday, Jan. 13. Registration is currently underway.
About Saint Louis University
Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers nearly 13,000 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.
About the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Foundation
The St. Louis Brewers Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a civic and educational mission to promote the Greater St. Louis region as a premier beer tourism destination and to share St. Louis’s rich brewing history. For more information please visit www.stlbeer.org.