With help from No-Li Brewhouse, EWU introduces a Craft Beer Professional Certificate program
No-Li Brewhouse announced today that it is teaming up with Eastern Washington University to launch a Craft Beer Professional Certificate program. This is the university’s first beer-focused program. Slated to launch in the fall of 2022, the 15-credit program aims to create opportunities for students and community members looking to pursue careers in the craft beer industry.
According to an announcement from No-Li Brewhouse, the idea for a Craft Brewing Certificate program came about when EWU’s Chris Cindric invited No-Li Owner John Bryant to speak at one of his classes. It was further developed over pints with Dave Basaraba, owner of Mountain Lakes Brewing in Spokane.
It’s all based on a simple premise. As the craft beer industry continues to expand, it needs to attract and train people for careers in the industry–jobs in production, human resources, accounting, communications, and all the other aspects of the beer business. The new program at EWU, like similar programs at other institutions across the state, hopes to provide the beer industry with the kind of employees it needs.
Chris Cindric, a senior lecturer for the Department of Wellness and Movement Sciences, is excited to oversee the program. He points out that there are now about 64 breweries within a 100-mile radius of Spokane.
“It’s a significant opportunity for students in this region because there are so many positions that are available within craft beer,” says Cindric. “In addition to serving budding craft beer professionals, the program is expected to attract people simply wanting to learn about the craft.”
No-Li Brewhouse kickstarted the program with a donation on EWU’s Giving Joy Day to help start the Craft Beer Industry Professional Certificate program.
For No-Li Brewhouse’s owner, John Bryant, the gift brings the story of his family full circle. His parents, Bill and ElWanda Bryant, earned education degrees from EWU in the 1950s. Eastern football recruited Bill out of Mossyrock, a tiny timber town on the coast of Washington, to play for the university. Like many Eastern students, Bill and ElWanda both came from hard-working blue-collar families and were the first in their families to attend college.
No-Li Brewhouse is currently enjoying its 10th anniversary year. Over the years, No-Li has earned a place in the hearts of the community, not just because of its delicious beers and popular taproom, but because of its commitment to giving. Teaming up with EWU to create this program is just one more example of the brewery’s involvement in the community.