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The 11th Annual High Country Beer Fest

Come celebrate the 11th annual High Country Beer Fest this August 25th at the High Country Fairgrounds. Sample craft beers, craft food, music, and seminars in the high country of North Carolina. The seminars will cover aspects of beer tasting, brewing, and food pairing.

High Country Beer Fest

High Country Beer Fest is a 100% Non-Profit Event. Appalachian State University Fermentation Sciences is the primary beneficiary, and the Fest also supports other local non-profit organizations, including The Children's Council of Watauga Country, High Country Local First, High Country Mommies, Blue Ridge Conservancy-Middle Fork Greenway Association, The Mountain Alliance and Ivory Tower, Inc.

"Humans did not invent or create fermentation. It is more accurate to state that fermentation created us." - Sandor Katz


Our goal is to prepare students to be extremely competitive in the fields of:

  • Fermentation Sciences
  • Wine and Brewing Sciences
  • Food science and technology
  • Bio-processing / Bio-technology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology (microbiology and plant biology)
  • Agriculture Value Addition
  • Business development
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

Fermentation Sciences core courses include:

  • Principles of Fermentation Science
  • Social Implications of Fermented Beverages
  • Viticulture: Vine Physiology and Vineyard Establishment
  • Facility Design and Operation
  • Wine Production and Analysis
  • Brewing Science and Analysis
  • Sensory Analysis of Wine and Beer



A Bachelor of Science degree program in Fermentation Sciences has been developed at Appalachian State University and was approved by the UNC General Administration in June 2012. Students at Appalachian State University now have the option to pursue a BS degree in Fermentation Sciences (FER). 

The Fermentation Sciences program is an inter-disciplinary degree offered in the A.R. Smith Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences, within the College of Arts and Sciences, intended to provide students with a strong background in chemistry and biology as well as a considerable focus in business, marketing and entrepreneurial principles.