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View from the Ivory Tower

Article Published: Apr. 29, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
View from the Ivory Tower

From left, ASU seniors Erik Vanbeek, Stephen Van Delinder and Aram Kevorkian explain the processes used in crafting their India Pale Ales.

Students in Appalachian State University's Science, Business and History of Beer and Brewing course put their homework to the test Tuesday, as they presented their handcrafted brews for judging at the inaugural Ivory Tower /Honors Beer Class tasting.

The course's 11 students were divided into three groups - India Pale Ale, Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout, with each student brewing his or her unique variety to be assessed by a panel of community judges, including certified beer judge Dr. Ben Sibley, of ASU's health, leisure and exercise science department.

The highest average score, out of 50 points, was 40 for senior Stephanie Hughes's Sin Sueno Stout, and the lowest was 35, meaning all the students' beers were rated between "Very Good" and "Excellent," according to national standards.

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