March 8, 2018Inspiration, Science Education Help Women Discover Beer Jobs in Michigan
In the beginning, the women were the brewers. Women tended to hearth and home — gathering food, making meals and, yes, brewing beer. These women brewed for weddings and as offerings to celebrate childbirth. They were goddesses and high priestesses. These traditions were carried on for millennia, until things changed. The proliferation of all-male monasteries brewing beer and industrialization, which saw men leave farms for work in cities, pushed most women out of breweries. But Michigan is helping women return to their ancient roots. Hit hard by the loss of many manufacturing jobs, the state is championing two major ingredients in making a craft brewer: STEM jobs and food artisans. And Michigan schools are stepping up to help teach a new generation of brewers and rekindling an entrepreneurial spirit that once thrived in the state.
Dr. Cordell DeMattei, director of CMU's Fermentation Science Program and Tiffany Davidson, a student enrolled in the Fermentation Science Program featured in this storyRead this whole story here