Crafting college credit: Beer boom spurs industry majors

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Nick Jones, coordinator at Central New Mexico College’s Brewing and Management program, says many of the beer classes are quite strenuous and involve sophisticate knowledge of chemistry. (Courtesy Joseph J. Kolb)

College students, or at least some college students, have been majoring in beer since, well, since college was invented. (Beer came first.) 

But now, thanks in large part to booming craft brew industry, they can wake up in the morning and say they were actually studying all night.

Theres a new Brewing & Beverage Management program at Central New Mexico Community College, and it isnt a crash course in keggers and beer pong. Launched this year, its a comprehensive curriculum in the science and business of brewing beer for students seeking a leg up in the rapidly growing beer making industry.

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