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Matt Couch

What inspired you to do the Brewlab course?
I was drawn to Brewlab by the quality of education for the price it required. Looking through American and German schools, I found quickly that you would not find an equal education for the price you would pay for Brewlab.

What areas of the Brewlab course were most beneficial to you?
The Brewlab course as a whole allowed me to accel in brewing, especially in the United States. The most beneficial area would most definitely be the opportunities Brewlab provided to experience quality analysis and utilize analytical equipment. This experience better prepared me for the production brewery atmosphere I would soon find myself in.

How beneficial did you find the practical side of the Brewlab course?
The practical side of the Brewlab course was something that nearly none of the brewing courses out there offered. To be able to not only work with local brewers in the northeast of England, but also brew your own recipes to enjoy or present in a local pub was an invigorating and exciting experience. You will not find an experience like it in any other brewing course offered.

Was there a part of the course you particularly liked/enjoyed?
My favorite part of the course would most definitely have to be two fold, the many trips we took as a class and the placements we were sent on. To be able to see the many different sides of brewing in England along with the captivating country side of the North is an opportunity that cannot be neglected. To say that Brewlab is all encompassing is an understatement.

Where do you work now?
At the moment, I work at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. We are producing 85,000 US barrels a year and with current growth projections we are on pace to produce about 100,000 barrels next year as well as a major expansion in the works. Our beer is available in 39 US states, England, and Germany. The preparation I received from Brewlab was crucial in my hiring at Victory.

What is your position?
I am a brewer at Victory Brewing Company.

What plans do you have for the future?
In the future I would genuinely enjoy passing on the knowledge I received from Brewlab and the experience I am having in the brewing industry on to prospective brewing students. To share an opportunity filled lifestyle that was shared with me from everyone at Brewlab is my idea of an awesome career.

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