Thanks to gifts from New Belgium Brewing and its co-founder, along with previous support from two of Fort Collins’ other major brewers, CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology program is ready to take flight.
New Belgium Brewing is the latest to provide support for the Fermentation Science and Technology program, which debuted in August 2013. New Belgium is joining with co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Kim Jordan to give $1 million to update and renovate facilities. The gift includes $500,000 from Jordan and an additional $500,000 to be allocated over five years through New Belgium’s philanthropy program.
“CSU deeply appreciates the support – both financial and professional – that New Belgium Brewing and Kim Jordan are providing to our Fermentation Science and Technology program,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “The success of this program is a direct reflection of the strong commitment it has received from industry partners, and New Belgium provides our students with a wonderful example of a flourishing business where sustainability, innovation and a spirit of community are pillars of the operation.”
Jordan said New Belgium will benefit from expanding its relationship with the University, which dates to 2008.
“We’ve had a great relationship with the university over the years and it’s personally meaningful to me to be able to give something back,” said Jordan. “Craft brewing has afforded opportunity to more than 100,000 people working in our industry and it’s important to support the next generation of brewers who will take us into the future.”
The renovated space will be named the New Belgium Fermentation Science and Technology Laboratory and will house analytical, brewing, kitchen and sensory room space. It is slated for completion in August.
“Kim Jordan and the team at New Belgium Brewing have been such tremendous partners for Colorado State University over the years. They continue to invest their resources and time as well as share their expertise with our students,” said Brett Anderson, vice president of University Advancement. “They have helped us imagine and build a world-class Fermentation Science and Technology program that contributes to a vital and growing industry and the Northern Colorado community. We are so thankful for their continued partnership and support.”