And a couple not for credit, but for the love of learning...
A one-week intensive seminar taught at Penn State's famous Berkey Creamery by instructors from ice cream heavyweights like Baskin Robbins, Ben and Jerry’s, Good Humor, etc. Students from all over the world learn flavoring, refrigeration, freezing, and hardening techniques, as well as how to manufacture ice cream novelties.
Florida International University
Even though Miami might lag behind other major cities when it comes to craft beer, it’s not for lack of education. The premiere in-school beer lab in America sits on the FIU campus, where Dr. Barry Gump has set up a full brewery and tasting room at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. The school even produces its own beer brand -- B.R.E.W. FIU -- that’s so good it’s been featured at Thrillist’s annual Barbecue and the Blues party at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This fall, they're offering a three-week course that covers the basics of brewing your own suds.
Yes, this course actually exists. And no, not at an SEC school either! It's actually part of a fun, non-credit week of seminars at Portland's Reed College where students learn about things they always "wanted to know about but never had the time for. The history of punk. The birds of Oregon. Throat-singing. Bollywood dance. Underwater basketweaving. You get the idea."
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