Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new brewing and fermentation science degree was highlighted at the Billtown Brewfest on Saturday. Held in downtown Williamsport at Midtown Landing, an area behind Trade and Transit Centre II, the festival featured 30 craft breweries offering tastings. Representatives from the college's Admissions, Alumni Relations and Corporate Relations offices were on hand for the event, answering questions about the new major and greeting alumni in attendance. Also participating was Timothy L. Yarrington
, instructor of brewing and fermentation science and an award-winning brewmaster, who visited with fellow brewers and promoted Penn College’s academic entry into the industry. “I thought it was a great event in a great location,” Yarrington said. “It was good to see so many of my brewing peers here in Williamsport and be able to taste so many great products. I enjoyed catching up with some old friends and also making some new ones. I look forward to this becoming an annual Williamsport tradition.” Organized by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and Brickyard Restaurant & Ale House, the celebration of craft beers offered two three-hour tastings and featured entertainment by two local bands – The No Maddz and The Family Ties. Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science
degree begins this fall.
– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor
Major swag: Glasses, openers and coasters promote the new brewing and fermentation science degree.
A brother-and-sister team of Williamsport Area Community College alums on hand for the Brewfest are J. Matthew Bubb, ’84 electrical, and Ruth (Bubb) Sedlock, ’72 computer science.
Beer tents abound in Billtown.
Yarrington talks shop with Steve Koch, owner of Bullfrog Brewery, a 21-year staple in downtown Williamsport …
… and finds a future student in Russell F. Williams, who is enrolled in the new brewing and fermentation science associate degree major. Williams – a Rusty Rail Brewing Co. employee – also holds an associate degree in legal assistant-paralegal (2012) and a bachelor’s degree in legal assistant-paralegal studies (2014) from Penn College.
Friendly faces offering Penn College Alumni glasses are: Trevor I. Brandt, admissions counselor, and Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations.
Ready to take on the tastings are (from left) Taylor L. Donahay, ’12 culinary arts technology; Chelsea A. Tice, ’16 radiography; Ethan T. Robbins, ’13 physical fitness specialist; and friends Michael Fox and Stephanie Fleming.
The No Maddz jam for Brewfest guests.