Katie Strain

Beverage Analysis Lab Manager/ Lecturer

Katie Strain





School of Hospitality

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CompanyWeek, Denver Business Journal


Beer/Brewing Operations Beverage Management Biology Chemistry Hospitality / Events and Tourism


  • Quality analysis of alcoholic beverages
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Pathogenic microbiology


Katie Strain, M.S., is a laboratory services manager of Alcoholic Beverage Quality Assurance/ Quality Control and a lecturer in the School of Hospitality at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her areas of expertise are fermentation, microbiology, chemistry, data analysis and experimental design.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Strain worked as a laboratory operations coordinator and graduate student at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She was also a research associate at Colorado State University and laboratory technician at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Strain received her master’s in environmental toxicology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2014 and a bachelor’s in biochemistry from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. She is a triple TTB certified chemist allowing her to conduct analysis of beer, wine and spirits for purposes of export.

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