• Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room (map)
  • 3415 Southwest Deschutes Street
  • Corvallis, OR, 97333
  • United States

Every brewer has to start somewhere. Lucky for those in the Willamette Valley, OSU offers many resources to kickstart a brewer’s education. During this talk, Jeff Clawson will provide an enlightening overview of the brewing education and research activities in the Food Science Department at OSU. He’ll highlight how the program serves the brewing industry and discuss their brewing facilities which include a new, fully automated research brewery from Germany. 

As a bonus, Jeff will also offer some tips on brewing the perfect Pilsner. Every brewery is making an IPA but how many are producing a solid Pilsner? During this talk, we'll take a dive into making a classic German Style Pilsner.


Jeff Clawson is the Pilot Brewery and Food Processing Plant manager in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University. As part of the undergraduate teaching Brewing Science program he assists in the Brewing Analysis course. Additionally, he oversees the pilot brewing activities of all brewing research projects conducted at OSU. He has been executing descriptive/analytical and consumer sensory panels for beer since 1993 and educating students about the use of sensory science in the brewery for 17 years. He installed the OSU research brewery in 1995 and has been an instructor in Brewing Science since the Fermentation Science Program inception in 1996. Jeff’s approach to teaching is via experiential learning, where students learn by doing, and he promotes a very hands-on, technical understanding of sensory analysis, beer, and the brewing process.