Traditionally an extracurricular college activity, beer has been part of the curriculum at UC San Diego and San Diego State University since 2013.
Michael Peacock, 56, an instructor with State's Business of Craft Beer program, explained why beer should be studied and not just drunk.
PACIFIC: What's the focus of State's program?
MICHAEL PEACOCK: The various business aspects of the industry: beer styles, finance, distribution, (draft) systems, marketing, etc. The program caters to both industry people who want to add to their resume and those who are merely curious about the "beerification" of San Diego.
What is the coursework like?