KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo Beer Week 2015 ended its celebration with the announcement that Western Michigan University, in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, will begin offering a degree in sustainable brewing for the Fall 2015 semester.
This will be the first sustainable brewing degree offered in the country.
Craft brewing in Michigan has a $1 billion economic impact, giving it a state ranking of tenth in the nation.
The impact of beer in Michigan has gained national attention. In 2013, Grand Rapids was voted “Beer City USA,” by an international pool of voters. Kalamazoo took the runner-up position.
WMU and KVCC’s program is the result of a year of planning and researching small brewing companies.
Interested students may either earn an associate’s degree at KVCC before transferring into the bachelor’s degree program at WMU, or attend the university for the full four years.