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All Tech Ends Brewing Partnership with WKU

All Tech has decided to end its relationship with Western Kentucky University which will cease production of two WKU-themed beers. 

The Nicholasville-based biotech company will still honor a financial commitment to the school.

All Tech collaborated with WKU three years ago to open a fully operational brewery that would support new graduate and undergraduate certificates in Brewing and Distilling Arts and Sciences. All Tech leased space on WKU’s campus and provided the brewery with production equipment. Spokeswoman Susanna Elliott says the company has decided not to continue the lease.

"I would say that's it's definitely not ending a collaboration with Western Kentucky University overall. It's just one aspect of the collaboration that just hasn't quite turned out as we expected."

Elliott called it a joint decision but declined to say how the endeavor fell short. The partnership also included a 300-thousand-dollar donation to WKU over five-year period. All Tech says it will still honor the financial commitment and continue other collaborations with the school from agricultural sciences to international business. The end of the brewery partnership will cease production of College Heights Ale and College Heights IPA. The university says the certificate programs will continue and students will be able to use a lab with a one-barrel system.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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