About Us

The QC2 lab isn’t your typical analytical testing lab. We believe there is a better way to provide testing services to our craft beverage customers. A way that creates unique and engaging educational opportunities for our undergraduate students, that educates our customers on important quality parameters in their industry, and that builds the STEM workforce. Our passion is fueled by the belief that education can change the world.

We believe that collaborating with the craft beverage industry
is an engaging way for both the industry and our undergraduates to learn more about the science of their craft.

Analytical chemistry is the art and science of using instrumentation and methods to separate, identify, and quantify matter. In our lab we are taking this branch of chemistry and apply it to craft beverages. Through this application we use a variety of instruments and methods to analyze alcohol, flavor compounds, sugars, acids and much more. Our focus isn’t only on providing educational opportunities and testing services, we also have a robust research program that is dedicated to developing new and innovative analytical methods for quality testing in the brewing industry.

A Brief Overview of

Our Founding

The QC2 lab was founded by Luci Benedict in 2016. It all started from a couple of conversations with the Quality Control Manager at Allagash Brewing Company and the head brewer at Rising Tide Brewing Company. Luci had a need to find real world lab experiences for her students, and the breweries had a need for their beer to be tested for important quality control parameters. Lucky for everyone those two needs fit perfectly together. We collaborated with the Maine Brewers Guild to secure seed funding from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund at the University of Southern Maine (MEIF@USM) to build the lab in 2014. With MEIF@USM funding we built a lab that has top of the line instrumentation and equipment essential for testing and research, that is all run by our trained undergraduate students, and is a great resource to our Maine brewers.

Leadership

Lucille Benedict, Ph.D.

Founder + Director

Samantha White

Lab Coordinator

Current Students

Researcher

Computer Science

"I enjoy getting to work independently on tasks which require creative problem solving."

"In my free time I enjoy printmaking, particularly cyanotype  and silk screen."

Zachary Rohman

Researcher

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Zachary Rohman

Testing Specialist

Chemistry

"I enjoy the experience of applying the different techniques I have learned to help brewers with the quality control of their beer."

"I am a hip hop dancer and in my free time I volunteer at a dance studio."

Kristi Hanscom

Testing Specialist

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Kristi Hanscom

Testing + Research

Chemistry

"I enjoy learning the qualitative methods used in the craft beer field, as well as the instrumentation found in most analytical labs."

Dabbles in mountaineering. Hoping to bag a 6000 meter peak this upcoming year.

John Meyers

Testing + Research

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John Meyers

Product Developer

Biochemistry

"I love being able to do independent research and development with prototypes that I design and modify until they operate correctly."


"I love hairless cats!"

Gabrielle Hamm

Product Developer

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Gabrielle Hamm

Alumni

Research + Quality Control Testing

Chemistry

My favorite part was working with the breweries because they guide and give importance to the research projects and goals; and the research results are directly impactful.

I am working on getting my Ph.D in Chemistry at Penn State!

Ciera Wentworth

Research and Quality Control Testing

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Ciera Wentworth

Research + method validation

Biochemistry

I enjoy getting to work with so many great people and breweries during the setup of the lab.


I work as an analytical chemist for the Department of the Navy at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Ryan J. Michaud

Research and method validation

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Ryan J. Michaud

Research + Quality Control Testing

Biochemistry

I really appreciated the senior mentorship and the opportunity to present our work at the ACS conference in San Francisco.

I work as a scientist in Lancaster, PA. I work within the realm of biopharmaceuticals.

Jordan Balsamo

Research and Quality Control Testing

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Jordan Balsamo

Research + Method Development

Biology

Having the opportunity to learn hands-on skills that can be brought directly into the craft beer industry.


I work full time at Mast Landing Brewing Co. in Westbrook, ME as a QA/QC technician

Heath Garson

Research and Method Development

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Heath Garson

Advisory Board

Christie Mahaffey

Foundation Brewing

Sean Sullivan

Maine Brewers' Guild

Zach bodah

Alllagash Brewing

Tom Madden

Lone Pine

Elizabeth Ehrenfeld

SMCC Faculty

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Position

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