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USciences’ Brewing Science Program Awarded Grant To Develop Quality Testing Lab

Published on December 16, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has approved $1.2 million in grants for 18 projects to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages and enhance the Pennsylvania beer industry through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects.

Among the grants is more than $97,000 to USciences’ Brewing Science Program to fund the development of a quality testing program to support Pennsylvania raw materials and malt beverages. The funding will support the creation of the first analytical lab dedicated to malt beverages in the state. This will improve accessibility to affordable testing for farmers and brewers while also providing assistance and education in quality products for farmers and manufacturers, and empower businesses to respond to quality concerns and build their own quality programs. 

“Pennsylvania’s craft brewers are some of the most innovative, entrepreneurial people in the food and beverage industry,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants will support the innovation that has made Pennsylvania number one and will help keep us on top. By investing in the industry as a whole, increasing the quality and availability of locally-sourced ingredients, and building the consumer base, we are working to strategically sustain growth.”

Act 39 of 2016 created the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board and authorized the PLCB to approve up to $1 million annually for the development and marketing of the Pennsylvania beer industry. The Pennsylvania Fiscal Code also allows for unallocated grant funds to be made available in subsequent years. 

Since the first two rounds of beer grants awarded more than $1.5 million ($704,985 in 2017 and $816,412 in 2018) to projects, the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board recommended utilizing some of the unallocated grant funds from prior rounds for this current round of projects. 

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