Cheers! WT Professor to Lead Free Homebrewing Webinar

Chip Chandler Mar 02, 2021
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Cheers! WT Professor to Lead Free Homebrewing Webinar

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CANYON, Texas — Yeah, science: A West Texas A&M University professor will demonstrate essential tips for people looking into brewing their own beer in a free upcoming webinar.

Dr. Nick Flynn will lead “Chemists Make the Best Homebrewers” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. CT March 17 for the American Chemical Society’s ACS Webinars series.

The free webinar is open to the public who register by visiting Those interested will be required to register for a free ACS ID number. The video will be available for 24 hours for all registrants; after that, it will be removed then edited into a package available only for paid ACS members.

“Anyone who enjoys beer and brewing — as well as the field of chemistry itself — will love this event,” said Erik Holderman, ACS Webinars producer and program manager.

Flynn will discuss various methods of homebrewing and offer tips for improving brewing methods. He has been homebrewing since 1993, even brewing all of the beer served at his wedding in 1995. The webinar will be moderated by Brian Guthrie, a corporate research fellow for Cargill.

“The brewer community is an amazing space where people can talk about their passion and learn from each other,” Flynn said. “And chemists make great brewers because they know how to follow procedures and they appreciate a well-developed process.”

Flynn earned his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and his Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry (nutrition) from Texas A&M University. Previously department head of the then-Department of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics at WT, Flynn played a pivotal role in reorganizing the department into the Department of Chemistry and Physics in 2015.

Flynn is president of the Amarillo High Plains Drafters Homebrew Club. He also teaches a Professional Brewing and Fermentation Certificate program designed to help prepare students to work at a commercial brewery. More information about the program can be found at

ACS Webinars has produced more than 500 programs over the past eight years, including sessions on culinary chemistry, professional development, drug discovery and more.

Flynn’s webinar is an example of how WT serves its corner of Texas, a key component of the University’s long-term plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.


About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. With enrollment of more than 10,000, WT offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 40 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 15 men’s and women’s athletics programs.