Beer 101? Now, That's a Party School!

UWisconsin offers course in bacteriology of fermentation
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2008 4:49 PM CST
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(Newser) – The University of Wisconsin is starting a class with one thing you’d think its students would already know well: beer. But the offering is about the science of brewing, focuses on fermentation, and is taught by the bacteriology department, the Chicago Tribune reports. “This is not a course to help kids go out and slam beers on Friday night,” the instructor said.

Though a major beer conglomerate provided equipment for the course, which is swarmed with potential students, the yield will be low and the intention entirely educational. “The students will sample it and critique it,” the professor said of the finished product. “We’ll probably dump any excess. We have absolutely no plans to distribute or sell it.” But what about drinking it?