CSU hires New Belgium brewmaster to run new campus breweries
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A veteran New Belgium brewer will help Colorado State University launch two on-campus student-run breweries this fall.
Jeff Biegert was hired to serve as brewmaster, manager and instructor of the new facilities in the Ramskeller at the Lory Student Center and in the Gifford Building.
The 27-year beer industry veteran has spent the past 17 years as a process development analyst and production brewer at the Fort Collins craft brewery. He has also taught CSU brewing courses as an adjunct instructor since 2012.
âIâm excited about giving the students hands-on experience with these state-of-the-art facilities,â Biegert said in a press release. âTo teach it on the book level, and then apply it, thatâs what I love. You see the light bulb go on in everyoneâs heads.â
CSU has offered brewing courses since 2005 and added a full four-year fermentation science program in 2013.
The Ramskeller brewery â" a 264-gallon system donated by Molson Coors â" was unveiled in April. The new 53-gallon Gifford Building system is currently being assembled. Students will begin brewing on both systems as part of class this school year, and the beers will be tapped at the Ramskeller pub for public purchase.
Previously, students had brewed on a small batch SABCO brewing system. The student-made beers have never been available to the public.
âThis continues the (Fermentation Science) programâs trend of partnering with industry,â said program director Jeff Callaway in the re lease. âThatâs what makes our program unique in the country, the connections that students get in the industry. This partnership is novel and innovative.â
Biegertâs position is jointly funded by CSU and New Belgium as part of a two-year agreement between the college and the countryâs fourth-largest craft brewer.
âThe addition of Jeff Biegert represents the fuel needed to power that race car,â Callaway said.
Biegert started his brewing career as an apprentice at Bostonâs Harpoon Brewery in 1992. He later had stints at Bostonâs Tremont Brewery and Boulderâs Avery Brewing before coming to New Belgium.
Heâs been a member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas since 1996 and earned a diploma in brewing technology from the Siebel Institute in Chicago in 1998.
New Belgium contributed $1 million to the program in 2015 and $4 million in 2016 toward the construction of CSUâs new football stadium. It currently donates a portion o f its sales from the CSU-themed golden lager called Old Aggie.
âNew Belgium has been a strong supporter,â Mike Pagliassotti, Food Science and Human Nutrition department head, in the release. âThis position will strengthen the existing program tremendously.â
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