Student Spotlight

Kennon Haynie

After high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, so I took the time-honored path of puttering around in community college where I eventually earned an Associate of Applied Science. In my early 20s, I became enamored by craft beer; the science and artistry behind brewing was extraordinarily interesting to me and the vast palate of different flavors encompassed under the beer profile was endlessly infatuating. I started to brew at home, attempting to emulate some of those flavors that had caught my attention and ultimately decided that brewing on a professional scale was a worth-while life direction. I got my start in the taproom at Ozark Beer Company, whose owners were kind enough to hire me off the street when I came in one day nervously asking for a job (thank you Andy and Lacy). A couple years later, after a failed foray at another company, I decided a true scientific brewing education was in order and I completed a one-semester program at Siebel Institute of Technology in the fall of 2019 before transferring to the University of Arkansas for the spring semester of 2020 where I’ve now become the inaugural student in the new Brewing Science certificate program.