Champion Teams up with PVCC to Teach Beer-Oriented Classes
Homebrewing help is on the way at Piedmont Virginia Community College. A new round of beer-making classes is about to begin.
Not too long ago, the teachers of these classes were the students. Hunter Smith and Levi Duncan took the same classes at PVCC when Charlottesville's Champion Brewery was just a dream. That's where they met, and their dream started to become a reality.
There will be two different courses starting next week. "Introduction to Beer and Brewing" is for any and all craft beer lovers, and "Brewery Design and Equipment" will explain how production facilities should be set up.
"I've thought ever since I had my first craft beer it's the coolest possible business you could be affiliated with. It's very creative, it's very romantic, it's free, and it's also hard physical labor,” said Hunter Smith, Champion brewmaster.
In order to take those creative liberties, and try innovative things, Smith says you have to start with the industry standards. He'll be teaching those as well as some beer basics, like what to expect from different ale types, and what IPA really means.
"They are just an awful lot of fun, I take it seriously, and most students take it seriously, but we also laugh, and drink beer, and have a good time at the same time,” said Duncan.
You have to be of legal drinking age to taste anything brewed in the classes.