Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Chad Edwards

Second Advisor

John Mallett

Third Advisor

Ken Belau


In preparation for a career in brewing science, I planned and developed a beer and food pairing event to be held on the campus of Western Michigan University for a guest list of twenty-eight friends, family, faculty, and employees of local Kalamazoo brewery Bell's Brewery, Inc.

The event featured beers that I had researched, developed, and brewed myself over a six-month period, including a variety of styles of different geographic origins and character profiles, specifically designed to pair well with particular foods. I designed and taste tested recipes prior for several months prior to the event. The Millennium Restaurant Group, who operates several restaurants in the greater Kalamazoo and Portage area— including the Black Swan and the Union—catered the dinner.

Additional funding for catering, food, brewing, and draft system costs was made possible through generous grants and scholastic awards by the Lee Honors College totaling $1800. I am overwhelmingly thankful for their uncommon conviction in this unorthodox yet worthy thesis presentation and their support for my academic and vocational progress.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only