If you want to further your appreciation of craft beer by completing more serious studies, here are some of the classes and schools that will help you achieve the level of craft beer education you desire.
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Online Beer Schools
Beer Conscious Training
Beer Conscious Training offers beer knowledge sessions for those looking to pass industry exams such as the Cicerone®, Beer Judge Certification Program and Beer Steward Exams. Online, DVD and customized training for distributor sales reps, brewery employees, retailers and individuals.
Beer Judge Certification Program
The purpose of the Beer Judge Certification Program is “to promote beer literacy and the appreciation of real beer, and to recognize beer tasting and evaluation skills.” This program covers 23 different beer styles and has been around since 1985. There are currently 4,500+ active judges in the program.
Better Beer Scores™
Better Beer Scores™ is the proven leader in beer webinars—offering a dozen craft beer webinar programs. The Better Beer Scores™ webinar platform is a new and interactive way to learn more about craft beer styles, homebrewing, and to prepare for each of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Exams in three distinct and affordable series: the World of Beer Series, the Homebrewing Series and our flagship offerings, the BJCP Exam Prep Series. Visit our website today for more information and to sign up for one of 12 craft beer webinars. Prices start at just $24.99 per webinar!
Ceresvis (Online Courses for Spanish Speaking Students)
Ceresvis ofrece cursos a través de una plataforma de webconferece para todo el mundo de habla hispana. Los cursos están dirigidos a alumnos de todos los niveles en la industria de la cerveza artesanal, incluyendo cerveceros caseros.
Se dictan distintos cursos como Elaboración de cerveza, química de la cerveza, distintos cursos sobre estilos, materias primas para cerveceros avanzados, etc.
Los cursos están diseñados para asistir a los alumnos en la formación en cervecería y cuentan con herramientas de aprendizaje interactivas para brindarles a los alumnos una experiencia amena y formativa.
Ceresvis offers a number of courses through a web conference platform to pupils in the Spanish speaking world. These courses are for all levels of knowledge in the craft beer industry, including homebrewers.
Some of the courses are about an overview of beer and beer chemistry, while several courses are about different beer styles, raw materials and advanced brewing.
Courses are designed to assist pupils in learning about brewing and beer styles with interactive learning tools that give them an informative experience.
Craft Beer University
Craft Beer University offers comprehensive BJCP Entrance Exam and BJCP Judging (tasting) Exam prep courses. These two online courses provide aspiring beer judges an eight-week series of live, interactive, two-hour weekly webinars designed to assist in effectively studying to pass and achieve high marks on the BJCP examinations.
These courses are also designed to assist in learning about craft beer styles, improve homebrewing skills and to learn how to effectively evaluate craft beer. All instructors are experienced BJCP certified judges and professional educators—culling experiences from public/private educational and professional coaching institutions.
CraftBeer.com’s Beer 101 Course
Beer 101 is a narrated online course for the beer beginner takes approximately one-hour to complete and is $15. Upon successful completion, you will receive a printable certificate from the Brewers Association.
Cicerone® Certified Beer Server
To begin your Cicerone® certification, you must start with this exam, which confirms “competent knowledge of beer storage and service issues, as well as modest knowledge of currently popular beer styles and culture, and basic familiarity with beer tasting and flavors as well as brewing process and ingredients.”
Run by Ray Daniels, author of Designing Great Beers, this certification program has three stages; Certified Beer Server, Cicerone and Master Cicerone. The word Cicerone (pronounced sis-uh-rohn) has been chosen to designate those with proven expertise in selecting, acquiring and serving today’s wide range of beers. For more information see CraftBeer.com’s: “Cicerone’s are Experts at What?“
GreatBrewers.com has tons of resources for the new craft beer lover. Learn about the history of beer, brewing process and gain tips on how to taste. Once you think you’re ready, take the 20-question Great Beer Test or step up to the GBT-100. The site also provides a beer glossary, explanations of funky beer and profit calculator for those who are running their own better beer establishments.
Master Brewers Association of the Americas: Associate Beer Steward Program
Designed for bar and wait staff, retail clerks and sommeliers, the Associate Beer Steward Program will increase knowledge of beer, giving you information you can use in your job right away.
With this program, you will learn more about the importance of beer freshness, how to present different beer styles most effectively to customers, beer’s relationship to human history, how beer is made and the various flavors and styles worldwide.
Prud’homme Beer Certification
Thirst For Knowledge Inc.® is proud to bring you a state of the art and comprehensive beer education program. This self- directed program is an introductory course in beer education designed for participants interested in furthering their knowledge and interest in beer. The focus will be on brewing ingredients and processes, tasting concepts, pouring and serving concepts (including an introduction to draught systems) and food and beer pairings.
University of Vermont Professional Certificate Program Business of Craft Beer
Our online program represents a collaboration between the Vermont Brewers Association and University of Vermont. You will learn from over 20 industry professionals from across North America who lead components of our non-credit certificate program.
• Individuals planning to launch a brewery and requiring a deeper knowledge of the business-side of the craft industry, along with business plan assistance.
• Individuals seeking a career change from previous employment in sales, marketing or operation with a goal of transitioning to the craft beer industry.
• Industry professionals who seek a broader background in craft beer.
All participants complete “Fundamentals of Craft Beer”, a 12-week non-credit online course, covering industry trends, styles, branding, merchandising, marketing, finance, beer regulations, and distribution; then select one of three course tracks – digital marketing, sales, or business operations, all delivered online over 10-12 weeks. An optional 3-month internship (and support from a career coach) will help those seeking future employment opportunities. A network of Internship Partners including distributors and breweries offer potential placements.
For further details: https://learn.uvm.edu/program/business-of-craft-brewing/ or contact Brittany Stevens at The University of Vermont at Brittany.M.Stevens@uvm.edu or ph: 802-656-0642.
World Class Beer-Beer U
Beer U from World Class Beverages, features several 10-15 minute presentations on topics such as the history of beer, beer off-flavors and pairing basics. The user-friendly interface and the topics presented make this course perfect for the beer beginner.
Beer Schools and Training
Alltech Brewing & Distilling Academy| Kentucky
The college town of Lexington, Kentucky has a new institute of learning—one that schools its students in beer and spirits. The unique school will be the only brewing and distilling academy in the state, as well as the only one connected to an operating brewery and distillery—Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. The Alltech Brewing and Distilling Academy is launching with a short course on raw materials. Instructors will eventually teach everything from weekend courses for homebrewers, to two-week courses for experienced technologists working in a commercial brewery or distillery. The school will also have a pilot brewery and distillery installed this summer for student use.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College | North Carolina
The Craft Beverage Institute at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is designed to support the rapidly growing craft beverage industry in Western North Carolina and the Southeast by providing curriculum and non-credit courses in brewing, distilling, fermentation and related business practices. The Institute prepares individuals for positions in brewery and distillery operations and management, distribution, sales and marketing, and customer service or to be self-employed and open their own craft production facility. The Institute includes a hands-on training fermentation facility supporting real-time learning and reflecting industry standards. Students are able to perform experiments and receive “just-in-time” instruction. In addition to brewing, distillation and wine making practices, students may vet their production output via sensory evaluations.
American Brewers Guild | Vermont
The American Brewers Guild offers two courses; the Craft Brewers Apprenticeship (CBA) and the Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering Course. These courses are taught though a mix of web-based classes, text books, videos and at home lab experiments. Completion of these courses requires one week onsite at a working brewpub and, for the CBA participants, a five-week apprenticeship at a brewery.
Appalachian State University | North Carolina
The Fermentation Sciences program offers two sessions of a 5-day brewing short course for the professional as well as the advanced homebrewer. This course is ideal for those considering entering into the industry or business sector. This is an in-depth educational opportunity for non-degree seeking students.
The two sessions are: July 7-11 and July 21-25.
Auburn University- Auburn | Alabama
Auburn University is offering an exciting new graduate study option leading to a Graduate Certificate in Brewing Science and Operations. This program is designed to prepare candidates for entry into the malting, brewing and/or distilling industries. The program offers an array of courses with emphasis in biology, microbiology, chemistry, brewing science, agronomy, facilities and operations, and business planning.
Better Beer Society University | Minnesota
This course was designed to give students a higher beer education, educating them on all aspects of the beer industry. Here at Better Beer Society University, we pride ourselves on having students from all levels, so whether you are just beginning your exploration with craft beer, an experienced homebrewer, or an active member within the beer industry, we have something for you.
Brewlab | UK
Brewlab teaches five courses that range in length from one day to three-month courses. Students receive a diploma in British Brewing Technology. Class sizes are kept small so that students may get the help and attention they need.
Central Michigan University-College of Science and Technology: Fermentation Science Certificate | Michigan
The brewing of a malt beverage is scientific and can be understood by dividing the process into six distinct steps that include malting, mashing, boiling, fermentation, aging and finishing, and packaging. The Fermentation Science Certificate program will require students to master topics in advanced sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology — all of which are essential to understanding the fermentation cycle and crafting a better beer.
CMU’s certificate program in fermentation science, the first of its kind in Michigan and the sixth such program in the United States, is expected to appeal to students both in and outside the sciences as well as to brewery employees looking to advance their careers. Those who take the program would be prepared for industry wide certification tests such as the Institute of Brewers and Distillers General Brewing Certificate and their Diploma in Brewing Modules.
Central Washington University: Craft Brewing Certificate | Washington
This 16-credit certificate course from Central Washington University is designed to prepare graduates for many different areas of the beer industry. Courses include Brewing Microbiology, Principles of Merchandising Management for Micro Brewing and Brew Process Technology. Students will be taught using a variety of approaches such as lab work, field trips and guest lecturers from industry professionals.
Central Washington University: Bachelor of Science, Craft Brewing | Washington
The Bachelor of Science in Craft Brewing is an interdisciplinary program offered by the College of Sciences and will provide students with an in-depth understanding of brewing. The Craft Brewing degree is built upon a strong foundation in science and is focused on providing students with content, experience, and skills in brewing science, analytical laboratory techniques, quality assurance, and management. Additionally, courses incorporate hands-on and inquiry based learning opportunities through case studies, pilot brewing, field trips, industry speakers, and research activities. The program prepares graduates for a career in the brewing production, quality assurance, brewery management, beer merchandising, distribution, brewing technology, packaging, safety, sanitation, sensory evaluation, and entrepreneurship.
The Centre for Malting and Brewing Science | Belgium
The objective of this course from The Centre for Malting and Brewing Science is to provide a theory basis, update your knowledge of malting and brewing technology, provide you with up to date information about the state of the important processing steps, and improve your skills in designing and trouble-shooting malting and brewing processes.
Cornell University| NY
This short course includes information about barley and malt, hops, brewing water, adjuncts, brewhouse operations, brewing yeast and brewery fermentations, maturation, finishing and beer styles. It is designed to be appropriate for people who work in commercial breweries, are home brewers or simply interested in the brewing process. Some science background is helpful.
Colorado State University: Beverage Business Institute | Colorado
Beverage Business Institute offers workshops, certificates and specialized MBAs in Brewing Operations Management or Wholesale Distribution Management through a ‘hybrid program’ offering a combination of live classes and online “distance” courses.
Colorado State University: Zymurgy Institute | Colorado
CSUs Zymurgy Institute, in partnership with Bristol Brewing Co., gives students the chance to learn about the art and business of beer through a series of lectures over a five-month period. Presentations include Biotechnology of Beer, Medical Physiology of Beer and Beer Economics.
CSU also offers an advanced course that allows attendees to gain refreshing hands-on experience in advanced brewing techniques. Brew with some of the area’s most successful production craft brewers on the Brew-Magic brewing system. The course is held every other Saturday in the Colorado State University-Pueblo Chemistry Building. Tuition is $299 for each two-month, three-batch and five-lab series.
Dakota County Technical College | Minnesota
This interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare students with brewing and business skills needed to succeed in the Brewing industry. The five-course program is intended to provide students with a solid understanding of brewing science, engineering, management and service. Certified brewing and beer stewards have the knowledge for positions in beer stewardship, operations management, marketing and distribution and financial management of breweries. Some may set up, operate or maintain equipment. Others may use their substantial knowledge of items to sell goods for wholesalers, manufacturers, businesses or individuals. Skilled graduates may seek employment in laboratories, brew houses, brewpubs or small craft breweries – working indoors near enclosed spaces such as tanks or brewing vessels.
Doemens Academy | Germany
Doemans Academy offers classes at the Academy for Brewing and Beverage Technology, which includes a school for brewmasters. They also have pilot facilities including a brewery, malt house and packaging facility for student to learn on and practice their skills.
Eastfield College | Texas
Beginning in 2015, Eastfield College will be offering a variety of brewing classes throughout the year. The classes will range from a Journeyman Brewer Class to Craft Malting to Technical Brewer. This will give professionals and avid homebrewers or beginners the opportunity to expand their education in the world of brewing science.
Escuela Superior De Cerveza Y Malta | Spain
The College of Beer and Malt (ESCYM) was created in 1965 by the initiative of the Spanish Association of Beer and Malt (AETCM) in order to promote education and research in brewing.
Since then, has operated continuously each year and about 600 students have passed through its classrooms, laboratories and manufacturing facilities. The most renowned degree for Brewmasters in Spanish language around the world.
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling | UK
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling is the global leader in the provision of professional certification through its internationally recognized examinations. Qualifications are offered in a tiered structure from the introductory Fundamentals of Brewing and Packaging Beer up to Master Brewer. Examination centers are offered across the USA and Canada. Successful candidates receive IBD Certification.
International Center for Brewing and Distilling | UK
The International Center for Brewing and Distilling is a unique research and learning facility that is the only place in the UK where you can receive your Honors and Masters in Brewing and Distilling.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University | Canada
Learn the art and science of beer at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)! Students will study the science, production and business of brewing in a state-of-the-art brewery on the Langley campus. The curriculum, developed in consultation with the BC Craft Brewers Guild and brewmasters throughout the province, will involve learning brewing science with hands-on experience in the field. Students will explore the history of brewing, brewery equipment and technology, packaging and label design, as well as brew house calculations and recipe formulations.
KPU’s Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma program is one of only three institutions in Canada offering a diploma in brewing. With our own custom-built brewing lab on campus, students get hands-on training right from the start.
Whether you want to open your own brewery, brewpub or go into sales and marketing in the brewing industry, this program will give you the education you need to succeed.
Oregon State University – Professional and Continuing Education and Fermentation Science | Oregon
Oregon State University’s Professional and Continuing Education and Fermentation Science program present Northwest Beer and CIder Sessions designed for both industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Beer and cider sessions are taught by fermentation specialists, brewery and cidery professionals, equipment suppliers, legal experts and others. Find a course near you!
Madison College| WI
Attention beer lovers: Madison College now has a program for you. It’s offering a new craft brewing certificate program. The college will be teaming up with Ale Asylum for the Spring 2015 semester. Students will learn about beer brewing and the science of brewing. The new program was born thanks to the recent popularity of craft beers and homebrewing. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer sales have grown by 18 percent over the past year. Kevin Appleton with Madison College explains, “I think that people have really become a tune to and turned on to the multitude of possibilities of different, distinct craft brews and are really interested in creating their own.” Classes start in March and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the West Campus from 6-9 p.m. There is also a class on Wednesdays at the Truax Campus.
Metropolitan State University of Denver | Colorado
With the growth of craft beer in Colorado and throughout the country, our brewing industry partners have reported a need for university educated employees trained in brewing, brewery operations, sales, distribution, brewpub management and related operations positions. With multiple bachelor-degree and non-degree options, the MSU Brewing Program in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events blends the art and science of brewing beer with the hospitality knowledge, management expertise and operational skills desired by the beer industry. The program supports students pursuing their first degree, those wanting to enhance a prior degree or those seeking professional or personal development in the field. Our program, located in the heart of downtown Denver, goes beyond traditional classroom learning to provide opportunities for hands-on experiences within the Colorado craft and macro brewing industry. Students will learn on Tivoli Brewing’s new 30-barrel production brewhouse on campus, as well as engage with breweries, restaurants and distributors throughout the Front Range and Rocky Mountain region.
Niagara College| Niagara Falls, ON
The Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program prepares graduates for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. The program provides significant hands-on training on-site and includes specialized instruction in brewing technology, brewery operations, sales management and advanced business applications specific to beer-related or brewery-related business sectors.
Paul Smith’s College | New York
Paul Smith’s College will offer a minor in craft-beer studies and operations beginnning this fall.
The new minor prepares students for careers in micro and craft brewing. “Although hands-on, practical brewing will be an aspect of the minor, the main intent is not to create beer brewers,” said Prof. Joe Conto. “Rather, the goal is to prepare students for all the management, administrative and operations opportunities the craft-beer industry has created and supports.”
The craft-beer industry boasts impressive numbers. More than 2,700 craft breweries were in operation in 2013, selling 15.6 million barrels of beer. In that same year, sales grew 18 percent by volume and 20 percent in dollars. Craft brewing provides an estimated 110,273 jobs in the United States. Craft-beer production and sales are expected to grow even further in the college’s home state of New York.
Students who sign up for the minor at Paul Smith’s College will take a collection of business courses in management, marketing, advertising and promotion, in addition to practical coursework in brewing and the business of beer. Students will have the opportunity to study diverse aspects of the industry, including different types of breweries, brewpubs, specialty retail beer stores and the sales and distribution of craft beers to restaurants, bars and other outlets. The education will be rounded out with guest speakers featuring industry professionals and site visits to regional beer-related firms.
All full-time Paul Smith’s students are eligible to add the minor during the upcoming fall semester. The first minor-specific course is slated to run next spring.
In this comprehensive online program from Portland State University, you will learn from local brewers and distillers, PSU School of Business faculty, and finance and accounting experts who specialize in the craft beverage business.
The non-credit curriculum provides a thorough overview of the processes that go into making and selling craft beverages, including basic business principles, how to develop your brand, marketing and distribution strategies, and all of the financing, legal, and accounting issues faced by craft beverage businesses everyday. By the end of the program you will have an investor-ready business plan for your own craft beverage business.
The four certificate courses are: Basic Business for Craft Beverages, Craft Beverage Business Management, Strategic Craft Beverage Marketing and Finance and Accounting for the Craft Brewery. See the 2013-14 Course Schedule for more information and to register.
In addition to the four online courses, they are offering an optional Craft Beverage Immersion Weekend in Portland, Oregon (aka Beervana, Beer City USA, Beertopia, you get the point).
Local breweries/distilleries/suppliers participating in this program include Rogue, Widmer, Migration Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Captured by Porches, Bull Run Distilling, Great Western Malting, JV Northwest and many others!
The Business of Craft Brewing program is designed for anyone with an interest in the business side of craft beverages, from grower to glass. Our focus is primarily on craft brewing, but we include business models for distilleries and alcoholic cider facilities as well.
Prud’homme Beer Certification | Toronto, Canada
Prud’homme Beer Certification provides a well-structured, unbiased look at the world of beer. It covers an in-depth look from the history, styles and taste profiles of beer as well as cooking with beer and food pairings. Prud’homme Beer Certification® provides a fun and engaging classroom atmosphere in which to enhance your knowledge of beer. Prud’homme (proo-DOHM) is translated as a master craftsman or expert.
Regis University | Colorado
Regis offers a hands-on program that will equip students with the skills to become master brewers and certified beer judges, or simply improve their home or craft brewery skills.
The Applied Craft Brewing certificate is comprised of 16 semester hours, with completion in about a 12-month period. Courses will be held in the evenings, perfect for those looking to refine their skills as master brewers or break into the rapidly growing craft beer industry. Course topics include the biology and chemistry of brewing and the business of craft brewing, combined with a brewing practicum and internships.
San Diego State University College of Extended Studies | California
SDSU College of Extended Studies, located in San Diego, Calif., offers a Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer. The program will educate students on all aspects of the craft beer industry through interactive and hands-on learning.
Program instructors are top leaders and industry experts who will explore craft beer’s past and present history, current trends, the complexities of the business side of the industry and more. Courses offered are held at SDSU and onsite at local breweries, they include: Exploring Craft Beer, Beer Styles I and II, Brewery Startup I and II, Marketing Craft Beer, Beer and Food Pairing, Beer Management/Beer List Creation and Sales and Distribution.
Course sessions run from 6-8 weeks and are held once a week from 6-9pm. Participants are able to earn a Concentration/Specialization and Level II Accelerated Certificate by completing more courses outlined by the program. See the Business of Craft Beer informational video and visit the Professional Certificate website for more information.
Siebel Institute | Illinois
The Siebel Institute is located in Chicago, Ill., and offers a myriad of courses ranging from a few days to a few weeks. Their large programs are the International Diploma in Brewing Technology (IDBT), a 12-week program that includes time at their Chicago campus and the Doemens Academy in Germany and the Master Brewer Program, which adds eight weeks of Advance Brewing Techniques to the IDBT program. Siebel has the distinction of being an entirely brewing focused school. The faculty is excellent and includes many extremely knowledgeable industry professionals.
UC DavisMalting and Brewing Science Program | California
The Malting and Brewing Science program on the UC Davis campus offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study under, and do research with, faculty with very many years of academic and industrial experience in brewing internationally. The campus is blessed with one large and four small brewing systems housed within a purpose-built $10 million building. There is also a dedicated research laboratory devoted to pursuing cutting edge investigations.
At UC Davis there is also a series of shorter Extension classes, ranging from the one week Introduction to Practical Brewing through to the five month Master Brewers Program.
UC Davis Extension | California
Graduates of UC Davis Extension‘s world-renowned Master Brewers and Professional Brewers Certificate programs gain unparalleled expertise in brewing science, technology and engineering. The only North American curriculum accredited by London’s prestigious Institute of Brewing and Distilling, these programs produce today’s industry leaders. Discover the power of the University of California!
UC San Diego Extension | California
Brewers bring expertise from a diverse array of fields including engineering, chemistry, microbiology, physics and business, and must be able to apply that knowledge on a daily basis. The UC San Diego Extension Brewing program curriculum provides students with the technical skill and knowledge to select raw materials, operate the brewhouse for wort production, manage yeast and fermentation processes, and finish and package the product, all to the highest industry standards. The business curriculum provides graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to administer all financial and other operations of a brewery.
Taught by leading professional brewers and other industry experts, the UC San Diego Extension Brewing program is unique because it’s a part-time, evening/weekend program that offers an authentic career path for entry-level brewing professionals at a reasonable cost and rate of completion.
The program can be completed in 18-24 months, depending on the number of courses a student chooses to take each quarter.
University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point | Wisconsin
This one and a half day course is catered to commercial craft brewers getting more involved in the microbiological aspects of quality control, as well as home brewers who want to better understand aspects of production.
Students will learn essential techniques and protocols for managing yeast and bacteria in the brewing process, microscopic staining and observation techniques, culture media preparation, bacterial testing methods, and yeast culture and quantitation methods. No prior experience is necessary and class sizes are limited to 12. The course is held in a fully-equipped microbiology lab.
There are three sessions available in 2014: March 19-20 (register by March 14); July 9-10 (register by June 25); November 1-2 (register by October 17).