NC State Brewing Lab

Among the hundreds of craft brewers at the World of Beer Festival Saturday was the Sheppard Brewing Lab, an NC State lab that brews its own beers. The Sheppard Brewing Lab attended the festival back in 2014, but the festival was different this year because they were licensed with an Alcohol Beverage Control permit.

“This February, we got our ABC permit,” said John Sheppard, a professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutritional Science. “So this year we are attending the festival as a licensed brewer.”

Sheppard also runs the NC State brewing program and the Sheppard Brewing Lab, located in Schaub Hall. “I got into brewing beer because as a chemical engineer, it has many aspects that are found in engineering principles,” Sheppard said. “Also, beer brewing has been the largest commercial application of biotechnology for the last 200 years or so.”