Agriculture and Beer
As folks come home from work, some are greeted by a happy pet who longs for attention, and a little later in the evening it’s time sit down for dinner. Maybe you are enjoying a mug of beer along with a nice dinner salad. Chances are that your evening routine has been made possible by UC Davis.
Two weeks ago, I was invited to attend the 30th annual college celebration for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as of one of the recent retirees from the college. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with former colleagues and to recognize the honorees who have contributed so much to this #1 Ag School in the nation. Eight awardees were recognized for their contribution in Animal Science, UC Davis Waterfowl Program, the Produce Industry, Environmental Sustainability, animal facilities, impacts of environmental toxicology on food science and to teaching vocational agriculture to high schoolers and Future Farmers of America.
The big round of applause went to Professor Charles Bamforth AKA “Pope of Foam” who has put UCD’s beer brewing program on the map. His Introduction to Beer Brewing class, is the #1 favorite course at UCD. Not only has Dr. Bamforth been recognized by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for his outstanding teaching, and for bringing the latest and greatest brewing equipment to UCD in partnership with Anheuser-Busch but he is also being recognized at Oktoberfest events around Davis. He has been inspirational to brew masters at microbreweries in Davis, including Sudwerks, Three Mile Brewing, and Dunloe Brewing.
The other new brewery in Davis is the family friendly and casual Super Owl, located in the West Lake shopping center in Stonegate, This West Davis neighborhood is near UCD’s Agricultural research land and immediately to the east of miles and miles of agricultural land used for strawberries, orange, almond and olive orchards. The colorful veggies in our salads such as tomatoes, squash, corn, sun flower seeds, and bell peppers are grown right here, so we can enjoy them at their freshest and bursting with flavor.
So needless to say, Agriculture and Beer are two industries well represented here in Davis. UC Davis, is California’s Land Grant Institution and has 5,300 acres of land much of which is outside the core campus and is used for Animal Science, Vet Med, Research in the fields of plant, horticulture, agronomy, and entomology sciences just to name a few. Even though the campus has gone through many transformations since it originally opened in 1908 (110 years ago) as the university farm for the university of California Berkeley, it still serves its original mission of being the Agricultural School in the State of California, the most populous state in the nation.