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Program set on starting a brewery, distillery

Have you ever considered starting your own brewery and distillery? Katrina Christiansen, a local agricultural engineer and innovator, will share insights on how to get started in this information session planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. The program is free.

The agenda will include: being compliant with the industry’s regulatory and food safety regulations, identifying capital, procuring equipment, managing operations, and establishing marketing and sales plans. There will be time for questions and answers.

Christiansen has extensive experience malting and developing novel grain processes. She is one of the designers of the Intelligent Malting Unit. She applies her bioprocess engineering background to assist the craft malting industry make safe, consistent products with properties brewers and distillers already skilled with new ingredients can harness. She started working in the malting industry as the pilot project lead for Cargill Malt for four years. While there she contributed two malting process patents. Prior to Cargill, she completed a Ph.D. comparing biofuel crops and production systems at Iowa State University in 2011. She also worked as a plant engineer at a 60-million-gallon biofuel ethanol plant in Nebraska and completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees in biosystems engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Feb. 26 program will be located at University of Jamestown, Unruh-Sheldon Building, room 136.