Zymolysis is the process of fermentation* and craft beer-making has taken North Carolina by storm. The above photo is of the fermentation vats at Gibb's Hundred on Lewis Street, a new brewery in Greensboro. The person to the right is Erin Will who has been working there since Gibb's opened about three months ago. At the moment, Gibb's has three brews on tap. If you are over 21, stop in and Erin will let you sample something. Erin is passionate about her job, so much so that she is a student at Rockingham Community College in Eden, working towards an associate's degree in brewing, distillation, and fermentation.
Not only are North Carolina's community colleges offering frementation studies, Appalachian State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Fermentation Science. The programs are about more than the science of brewing and fermenting. They also address marketing, business development, and entrepreneurship. Locally, Gibb's Hundred, Natty Greene's, Pig Pounder Brewery, and Red Oak Brewery will be seeking people like Erin who are not only passionate about their jobs but also experts in fermentation! Today is ABC Wednesday and Z is for zymolysis.
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*zymolysis, definition, here.