The role S.T.E.M or S.T.E.A.M. plays in brewing varies along the supply chain and phases of product development.
Science is important to the understanding the raw materials used for recipe building, the fermentation process, quality control and the over all microbiology of everything involved from the soil the grains grow in, the bittering acid levels in the hops, the chemistry of the brewing water to the health of the yeast and bacteria used or present in the air. Strong scientific backgrounds (a degree isn’t needed) are needed in the industry.
Scientists this means there is a place for you.