GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Grand Rapids Community College is adding a real brewery to its culinary arts program.
It’s called Fountain Hill Brewery and it's located inside the ATC Building, next to the Heritage Restaurant on Fountain Street. Students learn how to brew beer and run a brewery right on campus. When they complete the program, they get a craft brewing certificate.
The brewery is owned and operated by GRCC, making it the only one of its kind in the country.
Bill Pink, Dean of Workforce and Development says Grand Rapids is known as "Beer City," so it makes sense to teach future workers, right here at home.
"What better place to have a training program that here at GRCC," Pink said. "It makes sense to us that if the environment is so rich in terms of craft brew in West Michigan, we need to have someone who is training the workforce for that industry."
GRCC says it's not in competition with any of the local breweries, but serves as a lab of sorts for those wanting to learn the business.
It's open to the public two days a week: Thursday and Friday nights.
The grand opening of Fountain Hill Brewery is Friday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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