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Brewing at Schreiner This Summer


The Arts and Sciences of Beer, a course that takes a scholarly look at the many ways in which humans understand and experience beer, will be offered during the second summer session at Schreiner University, July 11-Aug. 10.

Dr. Chris Distel, who is teaching the course, says that in addition to aesthetics—including tastings—participants will study history, sources of flavor, style development, marketing, laws, fermentation techniques, biochemistry, economics, environmental impacts, and other topics related to beer.

“We will visit breweries to see how beer is made and sold on multiple scales,” said Distel, associate professor of biology. “We will talk with industry professionals to learn how beer is distributed and regulated. We will discuss current events such as distribution rights in Texas and who has been most recently bought by A-B InBev.”

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Many community members expressed interest in the course when was offered for the first time during the spring 2017 semester, but it filled quickly. Distel said he hopes the summer offering will enable more community members to participate.

The Arts and Sciences of Beer is a regular college credit course, and not a workshop. The only prerequisite is that participants must be at least 21 years of age.  The class will meet from 1 to 4:40 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Loftis Family Science Center.

Area residents interested in taking Distel’s course this summer should contact the Admissions Office by email at or phone (830) 792-7217. The registration deadline is July 1, but space is limited and regular tuition charges apply.

For more information about the class, contact Dr. Distel at 830-792-7470 or email