National Beer Day: Two EMU Fermentation Experts Talk About The Continued Growth In Beer Brewing

Apr 7, 2017

"Magically Delicious " an Eastern Michigan University beer creation brewed with a box of Lucky Charms cereal.
Credit Lisa Barry

EMU professors Dr. Cory Emal (left) and Dr. Gregg Wilmes co-creators of the University's fermentation science program.
Credit Lisa Barry

Hoppy Beer Day!  89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with Eastern Michigan University professors Dr. Cory Emal and Dr. Gregg Wilmes, who co-founded the Fermentation Science program at EMU about the science behind the beer-making process.


The professors said there is a continued renaissance in the beer brewing world.  In the last couple of years, we have reached a peak number of breweries the nation has ever had.  There are now over 5,300 breweries in the United States.

There are over 60 students enrolled in three different classes as part of the Eastern Michigan University fermentation science degree.  They are learning the science behind the fermentation process that applies to beer and cider and fermented vegetables.

They brought along a sample of a special brew they created before St. Patrick’s Day they named “Magically Delicious,” because they made it with a box of Lucky Charms cereal.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu