As Pennsylvania’s craft brewing industry continues to grow, a new project will – thanks to a grant announced today by state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie — provide an innovative way to increase beer quality by founding the Pennsylvania Brewers’ Yeast Library program at Edinboro University.
“The impact this grant will have on education, research and analysis opportunities not just for Edinboro students but for the brewing industry in northwest Pennsylvania will be invaluable,” Bizzarro said. “Last year Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation in craft beer production. Brewing is a rapidly growing industry in the state and this project ensures that Edinboro – and the Erie region – will have an important role to play in its development.”
Part of the university’s Fermentation Science program, the library will provide an open source opportunity for Pennsylvania’s brewers to not only access specialized yeasts, but also to access an analytical lab for questions and on-going technical assistance to improve beer quality throughout the region. Understanding the nuances of yeast and producing it within the state exclusively can create a unique style to Pennsylvania, while pooling the resources of smaller brewers and reducing ingredient costs will provide further benefits.
Funds from the $71,060 grant will be used to help cover the costs of laboratory equipment, education and training, and research materials.
The grant was made possible by the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Industry Promotion Board, which funds projects that conduct promotion, marketing and research projects to increase the quality, profitability, production and sale of malt and brewed beverages produced in Pennsylvania