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GO TO BEER COLLEGE ON THE PATRICK GANGWER BREWING SCHOLARSHIP
The Patrick Gangwer Brewing Scholarship is part of the Hocking College Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. This scholarship is dedicated to beloved Ohio brewer Patrick Gangwer and is made possible by the generous individual support of Patrick's family, friends and the collective central Ohio brew family he left way too soon. May Patrick's love of brewing science live on forever in the graduates who complete this program.
ABOUT THE PATRICK GANGWER BREWING SCHOLARSHIP at HOCKING COLLEGE
Full tuition (4 semesters) to a qualifying high school graduate beginning with the Autumn semester of the 2021-2022 academic year enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science/Fermentation Science Brewing program in Nelsonville, Ohio. Eligibility requirements and terms of the scholarship are available on the application link below.
Application Deadline July 1, 2021
Get details about the Associate of Science/Fermentation Sciences Brewing at Hocking College here.
MAKE A DONATION TO PATRICK'S ONGOING LEGACY
Help us send a brewing student to college every year by supporting our ongoing fundraisers or by making a donation directly to the Patrick Gangwer Brewing Scholarship and the Hocking College Foundation. Be sure to enter the text The Patrick Gangwer Brewing Scholarship in the optional "Add a note" field on the form.
DONATE BY CHECK
Checks can be made out to the Hocking College Foundation. Designate "The Patrick Gangwer Brewing Scholarship" as your gift in the memo line of the check. All checks can be mailed to this address.
Hocking College Foundation
3301 Hocking Pkwy
Nelsonville, OH 45764
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Patrick Gangwer was born in Fremont, Ohio in 1978, attended Fremont City Schools, played trumpet and tuba in the marching band and married his high school sweetheart, Lisa Wethington, and soon became a father of three.
Patrick's career trajectory reflected his intellect and diversity of passions. A firefighter, EMT/paramedic, registered nurse, and educator with Central Ohio Technical College before turning that twenty-year career in medicine to craft brewing. A regular participant at regional beer swaps and bottle releases, Patrick became close with most of Ohio's burgeoning craft brew family and craft fans. In 2010, along with three Fremont buddies, Patrick brewed his first home brew in a home-made five gallon system without the use of a brew kit. The trio sourced their own grains, hops, and yeast for this pale ale. His home brewing would later earn his first beer award winning the Fremont Homebrew Throwdown.
A particular fan of Jackie O's in Athens, Ohio, and their 'Calendar Days' bottle release lotteries and private tastings, Patrick began a relationship with Jackie O's brewer Brad Clark through their mutual passion of microbes and fermentation science. Brad invited Patrick to establish a yeast lab program at Jackie O's. Their friendship and working relationship would mark the beginning of Patrick's rapid rise as a distinguished craft brewer.
In 2015 Patrick took his first job as brewer with Kindred Brewing, a developing start up in Gahanna, Ohio. Patrick would later become barrel house manager, creating Kindred's respected sour and wild fermentation ales program.
Three Tigers Brewing Co in Granville, Ohio lured Patrick with a head brewer opportunity in 2017. Patrick jumped at the chance to define the emerging brewing program at this college town brew pub and to be closer to home and family after moving to Granville a few years earlier. Patrick quickly established his superior brewing skills at Three Tigers Brewing with a Best Tripel Runner Up for Tripel "OH" Seven Belgian Tripel in 2018 at the King Of Ohio annual beer competition organized by beer bloggers and writers in Ohio.
Patrick was a one-of-a-kind with an infectious smile, boisterous sense of humor, and passion for adventure. He loved being outdoors fishing, backpacking, and hunting. He was an awesome cook, voracious reader, and Bengal fan. He loved his wife and kids deeply.
Patrick D. Gangwer passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. He was 41.