How I Used My Neuroscience Lab Skills to Start Brewing My Own Beer

As an undergraduate at Fresno State, when I told my advisor I planned to go to grad school, his first question was, “Do you have any hobbies?”

“I like to read,” I said.

“You’ll get sick of reading in grad school,” he said. “Anything else?”

“I like to cook.”

“Get used to eating cheap fast food.”

I struggled to think of something else, before saying, “I guess I like craft beer.”

“That’s probably the most popular grad student hobby,” he laughed.

Twenty applications, four interviews, and one moving truck later, I found myself studying how the brain forms memories in a neuroscience lab at the University of California, Riverside. Knee-deep in protocols, data analysis, and, as my old advisor had predicted, late nights with cheap foiled-wrapped burritos, I had completely forgotten about his question. Besides, who has the time for hobbies in grad school?

When I had some free time, I would tour local craft breweries. That interest in beer ultimately brought me into contact with faculty, grad students and friends who brew their own beer. They taught me the craft that grew into my favorite hobby.

A few months ago, that hobby turned into a business, thanks to a local brewery incubator called Brew Crew Inc., —> Read More Here


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