Local Brewery Is A Class Project (VIDEO)

By Eric Olson

April 9, 2013 Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM EDT

ANGOLA, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- By day Scott Ferguson is busy with his duties as dean of the Ketner School of Business at Trine University, duties that include teaching this graduate level class on Entrepreneurship. But when class is done, the good professor heads to his second favorite spot in Angola.

It’s under construction now but soon this space will hold huge stainless steel vats and pipes and other equipment used in the brewing process. And it will turn out ‘Chapman’s American Ale Cider’, made with locally grown apples. For more than a decade now local wineries have sprung up across northeast Indiana, using locally grown grapes for their products. At the Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard in Huntertown owner Jeremy Leuter uses all kinds of fruit…strawberries, cherries, apples and raspberries in his wines. Scott Ferguson says his brewery, using a special recipe, will produce an exotic hard cider.

“What we get is a dark amber beer-like beverage with a beer head on it,” Ferguson says, “about 61/2 percent alcohol with a definite apple character.”

Ferguson’s had his own brain trust in this effort, that Entrepreneurship class he teaches weekly. Students grabbed on to the brewery idea for a class project, did market and product research and designed the business.

“Unfortunately a lot of times when you’re coming up with new ideas it’s real easy to shoot them down”, Ferguson says, “whereas students come at it and say ‘let’s see what we can do with this.’”

What they’ve done is mastermind a great new business using all local ingredients to make a product that should be on local store shelves by Memorial Day. If that doesn’t earn them all an ‘A’, they can at least drown their sorrows in the beverage they helped create. Eric Olson, out in Your Country.

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