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Tivoli Brewing Company’s new facility tapped for hands-on learning

The grand opening of the Tivoli Brewery and Tap House will take place on Aug. 22.

August 17, 2015

The grand opening of the Tivoli Brewing Company’s new $7 million campus operation, the Tivoli Brewery and Tap House, is slated for Aug. 22. PHOTO: Sandra Dallas
The grand opening of the Tivoli Brewing Company’s new $7 million campus operation, the Tivoli Brewery and Tap House, is slated for Aug. 22. PHOTO: Sandra Dallas

MSU Denver has added four new beer courses for fall 2015 and named a new faculty coordinator for its growing Beer Industry Operations program. The expanded curriculum coincides with the opening of the Tivoli Brewing Company’s new $7 million campus operation, the Tivoli Brewery and Tap House. A grand opening celebration is slated for Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Tivoli Student Union.

New courses include Brewery Operations, Fermentation Science, Beverage Sales and Marketing, and Cooking with Beer. Instructor Scott Kerkmans is the new coordinator of the Beer Industry Program within the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events. A former brewer at Alaska Brewing and one of the first five Certified Cicerones® in the world, Kerkmans is a leading professional educator for beer distributors, retailers and brewers.

“Our faculty’s rapid response to industry needs – including the Tivoli Brewing Company – in creating new curriculum demonstrates MSU Denver’s impact on Colorado’s workforce,” said President Stephen Jordan.

The brewery and academic program will add to the economic impact of Colorado’s beer industry, already valued at more than $10.3 billion and employing more than 24,000, according to a recent report by the Beer Institute.

Students will learn all elements of beer industry operations and management in the Tivoli Brewery, which has the brewing capacity to be among the top 20 craft breweries in the state. The facility will be the first full production brewery in the country on a college campus. In 2012, a group of native Coloradans formed the Tivoli Distributing Company, ending a 45-year hiatus of brewing Tivoli beer.

MSU Denver previously used the award-winning Blue Moon Brewing facilities in Coors Field’s Sandlot Brewery to give students hands-on experience with the brewing process from start to finish. With the opening of the Tivoli Brewing Company, the program will shift higher-level course experiences to the campus operation. The foundation Beer and Spirits course will also work with Rising Sun Distillery and Strange Craft Brewing Company for additional experiential education, since both facilities are within walking distance from campus.

“When we considered pursuing this endeavor, we saw the educational opportunities it would create for students, current employees and craft brewers as a whole and we knew it was a win-win for all those involved,” said Corey Marshall, founder and chief executive officer for the Tivoli Brewing Company. “Educational opportunities for students will go beyond brewing to all aspects of the operation from restaurant management, distribution, sales, marketing, packaging, quality control and business operations.”

The Tivoli Brewing Company has already hired MSU Denver students as certified beer servers, brewers’ assistants and for restaurant service.

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