If you want to further your appreciation of craft beer by completing more serious studies, here are some of the beer schools and classes that will help you achieve the level of craft beer education you desire.
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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.
Beer Server Training Manual for Brewpubs
This training guide and reference manual was created by the Brewpubs Committee of the Brewers Association to help brewpub owners, managers and trainers pass along important concepts to their staff. See the Brewers Association website for more details.
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!
(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.
CraftBeer.com Beer and Food Course
The CraftBeer.com Beer and Food Course is a free resource that teaches students, professional chefs, restaurateurs and at-home chefs how to pair beer and food. Download the professional or enthusiast version of the course here.
CraftBeer.com Beer 101 Course
Beer 101 is a narrated online course for the beer beginner takes approximately one hour to complete and is $20. 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 “Cicerones 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.
Portland State University
Portland State University’s fully online program focuses on the business side of brewing and is ideal for homebrewers looking to reach larger audiences, as well as industry professionals who want to advance their careers. While brewing is emphasized, distillery, cidery, and meadery business models are also included. By the end of the program, each student has an investor-ready business plan. The 4 Required Courses:
Both of These (In this order):
- BB401 Basic Business for Craft Beverages
- BB402 Craft Beverage Business Management
And 2 of These:
- BB403 Strategic Craft Beverage Marketing
- BB404 Finance and Accounting for Craft Beverages
- BB405 Craft Beverage Distribution
There is no application or prerequisites. Students need to register via the website. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Portland
Earn an online Master Strategist Certification: Craft Beer Business from the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business. Begin and end on your schedule, not ours. Modules are completely online and self-guided. Accredited by AACSB-International, our certification features a dynamic online curriculum and is curated by CraftingAStrategy.com, a completely digital online learning community dedicated to the business of craft beer Our 3 modules are: Strategy, Marketing Intelligence, and Strategic Operations & Controls.
The University of Portland has partnered with Orchestrated Beer (OBEER), the leading all-in-one brewery management software solution available! OBEER manages every aspect of a brewery from accounting in the back office to iPads on the brewery floor. Master Strategist Certificate students can augment the Strategic Operations and Controls class with training on OBEER software.
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
The USFSP brewing arts program is a comprehensive course designed to teach all aspects of the brewing process and includes lectures in brewing science, engineering and the business of beer. The Brewing Arts program consists of 10 online instructional modules taught by experts and professionals in the field followed by a culminating experience in a local brewery where students can apply the knowledge learned in the lectures in hands-on training. Students will receive a certificate in Brewing Arts upon completion. Find more details here.
University of Vermont Professional Certificate Program Business of Craft Beer
Our online program represents a collaboration between the Vermont Brewers Association and the 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.
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.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
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
The American Brewers Guild offers two courses: the Craft Brewers Apprenticeship (CBA) and the Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering Course. These courses are taught through a mix of web-based classes, textbooks, 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
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
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
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 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.
California State Polytechnic University
If you are brand new to brewing or trying to make the leap from extract brewing to all grain, this course will teach you everything you need to know to get started brewing all grain beer. Students will be taken on a journey around the world sampling beers from many countries and cultures. In the brewery, students will be guided through the entire grain to glass properly under the guidance of an experienced brewer. Students will earn their Certification in Beginning Brewing.
Central Michigan University-College of Science and Technology: Fermentation Science Certificate
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
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
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 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
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 troubleshooting malting and brewing processes.
Cincinnati State Tech & Community College
Part of the Midwest Culinary Institute, the program offers both one-year certificates and two-year degrees in the Brewing Science area. Classes include Introduction to Craft Beer, Sensory Evaluation of Beer, Legal Issues in Brewing and Beverages, Brewing Marketing and Sales, Brewery Tourism and Tasting Management plus a wide range of courses for those training to be brewers.
We offer a one-year Brewing Sales and Marketing certificate. Starting in fall of 2017, we plan to offer a two-year associate degree in Brewing Science (pending state approval). A Brewing Lab Technician certificate and Brewing Mechanization & Packaging degree are being planned.
Admission Requirements/Process: All students taking BREW classes must be 21 years of age at time of enrollment. Students applying for the two-year Brewing Science degree must be able to work in a physically demanding environment including but not limited to standing in a hot and wet work area for extending lengths of time; climbing stairs; repeatedly lifting equipment and product weighing up to 55 lbs., and safely maneuvering by hand equipment that weighs up to 170lbs. To apply, click here.
City College – Montana State University
The Craft Brewing and Fermentation certificate program is a 16-credit undergraduate program that provides an overview of biochemistry, microbiology, technology, and business of craft brewing industries (beer, spirits and wine). The program was developed with input of industry professionals and is aimed at developing a skilled workforce for the burgeoning craft brewing industries in Montana. Courses include lab work, hands-on brewing, industry speakers and an opportunity to gain experience with a local craft brewing business through an internship or special project.
Interested students must complete a program application with statement of why they are interested in the program. All participants must be 21 by the start of the 2nd semester.
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
Fort Collins, CO
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
Fort Collins, CO
Designed to prepare and educate students in the science and art of fermenting foods and beverages, the Fermentation Science and Technology (FST) Degree Program includes the development of practical research and outreach initiatives to answer questions facing the growing fermentation-related industries in Colorado, the United States, and the world. This program is currently offered in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Click here to read more.
Dakota County Technical College
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.
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.
Eastern Kentucky University
Founded in 2015, EKU Fermentation Science Program contains a collection of courses that allows students to directly learn about the different aspects of the industry as well as experience laboratories that address the analytics and quality control for these products. The students that enroll in this program will need to be dedicated to the scientific and safety advancements pertaining to fermentation science, which will involve chemistry as well as biology. The Fermentation Science Program is a concentration in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Chemistry degree. The complete baccalaureate degree with the fermentation concentration is a four-year program where students obtain a strong foundation in different areas of knowledge in agriculture, chemistry, biology, safety, and business along with laboratory and problem-solving skills that can be integrated so students can actively engage in the industry.
Eastern Michigan University
A B.S. in Fermentation Science at Eastern Michigan University provides the technical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a career in fermentation. Graduates will have a strong background in the relevant chemistry and biology, gaining technical skills necessary for better process control and for becoming a valuable QA/QC team member. The science is applied to practical fermentations in the production of beverages, food, and fine chemicals, and laboratory/instrumental skills are developed. Electives in business and restaurant management focus students’ skills to their desired careers. FermSci majors participate in mentored research with program faculty or in cooperative experiences in local breweries or other fermentation-related businesses. Find details on admission here.
Eastfield College offers 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
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.
Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis
Presented by IUPUI Tourism, Conventions and Event Management and the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement, the IUPUI Professional Brewery Operations Certificate was created due to the rapid global growth of the craft beer business. Participants completing the seven-course program will receive a Certificate of Completion in Professional Brewery Operations.
The certificate program is designed in seven one-day classes. The executive training will be held from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on class days. The total certificate is 56 hours of class training.
Any class can be taken individually, but the certificate is designed to be taken in the order presented. There will be some references to material learned in prior classes throughout the seven-course series. Anyone over the age of 21 years of age may participate. Participants are not required to be an IUPUI student and no pre-requisites are required. All classes will be held on the IUPUI campus or at Sun King, our supporting brewery, for advanced work on brewery equipment and beer processing.
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling
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
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.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Earn your AS degree in Sustainable Brewing at Kalamazoo Community College, which can then be transferred to WMU. The AS degree in Sustainable Brewing is designed for students planning a career in brewing and brewing science. Students complete the Brewing Certificate courses and then, under a “two-plus-two” transfer program with Western Michigan University, complete sciences and general education electives toward a Bachelor of Science at WMU. This rigorous science-based program is designed to prepare students for employment in the brewing industry or other fields in the natural or physical sciences.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Learn the art and science of beer at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in beautiful BC! Students will study the science, production and business of brewing in the 4,500 square foot state-of-the-art brewery on our 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, recipe formulation, sensory evaluation, brewing chemistry, and microbiology, production and packaging, sales and promotion, and management and supervisory skills.
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. Upon graduating, students will earn a university diploma and credits.
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.
Attention beer lovers: Madison College now has a program for you. It’s offers a craft brewing certificate program. 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.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
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 Falls, Ontario
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.
Olds College Brewery
The rising popularity of craft beer houses and products, specialty beer-making workshops, and beer-tasting events continues to generate rampant growth in the brewing scene and gives the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program broad spectrum appeal. The Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program targets a diverse range of enthusiasts and professionals who see this as a valuable career opportunity in a vibrant and continually growing industry.
Learn the art, science and the business of brewing in our new 2,300 square foot state-of-the-art facility from staff with extensive experience in the brewery business. The Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program provides hands-on training and includes researching and developing recipes along with sourcing locally grown materials in our small pilot set-ups. Our retail outlet adjacent to the teaching brewery will provide you with the opportunity to connect with prospective customers.
In two years the Brewmaster students will have received a solid grounding in technical, analytical, business and marketing skills developed under the direction of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI). In addition to the technical elements you will also be taught the marketing and entrepreneurial skills that are critical for your success in the world of brewing. It is now being offered for the first time in Alberta by Olds College in collaboration with Ontario’s Niagara College.
Oregon State University – Professional and Continuing Education and Fermentation Science
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!
Paul Smith’s College
Paul Smiths, NY
Paul Smith’s College offers a minor in craft-beer studies.
The 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.”
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.
Portland State University
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.
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
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.
The Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing draws support from local brewers serving on our Professional Brewing Advisory Board. We’ve concocted a hands-on program that will equip you with the skills to become a master brewer and certified beer judge, or simply improve your home or craft brewery skills.
The Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing is a 12-month, part-time program. A new group of students starts once a year, in August. Courses are taught in the evenings allowing those with full-time employment the opportunity to enroll. This program is perfect for those looking to refine their skills as master brewers or break into the rapidly growing craft beer industry. Classes are limited to 24 students to ensure every student gets to participate in laboratory exercises.
San Diego State University College of Extended Studies
San Diego, CA
SDSU College of Extended Studies 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.
The Siebel Institute 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.
Skagit Valley College
Mount Vernon, WA
The Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy at Skagit Valley College provides an overview of the craft brewery business. The 40 credit certificate program highlights brew science theory through hands-on experience in the brew laboratory and local breweries. The program includes industry professionals in the classroom, tours and internships at local breweries. The program runs three quarters: September through June.
We offer a Professional Brewing Science Certification and an Associate of Applied Science Business Administration with a Concentration in Professional Brewing.
The mission of the Professional Brewing Science Certificate program is to provide the student with the foundational knowledge and hands-on training in practical brewing for the enhancement of successful employment in the brewing profession. Students will spend time in brewing facilities in order to supplement classwork with application.
Graduates of this program of study will:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the steps in the brewing process to include: grain handling, malting, malt analysis, yeast and fermentation processes, raw materials and wort production, beer production, quality control, packaging processes, flavor production;
- Demonstrate the ability to utilize brew house facilities and brewing equipment;
- Analyze research and current techniques in brewing industry literature;
- Analyze and evaluate business concepts of the brewing industry and the day-to-day activities involved with the operation of a solvent brewing facility.
The Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Professional Brewing Science program is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge for successful employment in the brewing profession. Students complete foundational courses in areas such as science, mathematics, computer literacy, written and oral communications, humanities, social sciences, and professional development. They study major business courses in accounting, law, taxation, finance, and major courses specific to the profession of brewing. Students spend time in brewing facilities in order to supplement classwork with application.
South College in Knoxville, Tennessee, offers a Certificate in Professional Brewing Science and an Associate of Science in Business Administration Professional Brewing Science.
The Professional Brewing Science Certificate program is designed to provide the student with the foundational knowledge for successful employment in the brewing profession. The first two quarters of the program include classroom work in areas such as biology, chemistry, and mathematics. During the last quarter, students will spend time in a brewing facility in order to supplement classwork with application. Courses will be delivered primarily on-ground, with some online work required.
On-site spaces to accommodate the didactic learning experiences include spacious classrooms, conference areas, and labs appropriate for chemistry, microbiology, and physics instruction. Instruction is facilitated by faculty workspace, lab and lecture space, lecture podiums, dry erase boards, smart classroom technology, student tables/chairs, and all necessary equipment and supplies. The Moodle learning management system is used by all faculty and students. Internship time will be spent at the Smoky Mountain Brewery brewing facility. The brewery sits on an 1850 sq ft. 6″ concrete slab with trench drains throughout. The brewery is a 15 Bbl (barrel), 3 vessel brewhouse, steam heated with 22 process tanks from 30 to 45 barrels each.
The Associate of Science in Business Administration with Concentration in Professional Brewing Science program is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge for successful employment in the brewing profession. Students complete foundational courses in areas such as microbiology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, as well as business courses in accounting, business law, taxation, personal finance, and economics. Students will spend time in brewing facilities in order to supplement classwork with application.
UC Davis Malting and Brewing Science Program
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
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!
Los Angeles, CA
Called “A Class of Beer: An Overview of the Craft Brewing Renaissance,” the class will teach you all about the history of brewing, the origins of the U.S. craft beer revolution and the how-tos of beer appreciation, from brewing to tasting to judging to food pairing. A portion of the class is dedicated to the business of beer — including starting and running a brewery, opening a beer-centric business and more. It’s being offered as part of the restaurant and wine education management programs in the Business and Management department.
“A Class of Beer” is being taught by Tomm Carroll, a beer expert, certified beer judge and L.A.’s original beer journalist, who has been writing about the city’s craft beer scene since its infancy. He’s a longtime contributor to Celebrator and has an ongoing column in Beer Paper L.A. called “L.A. B.C.” (L.A. Before Craft).
According to the class syllabus, Carroll will not only teach students to differentiate between a wide range of beer styles through a host of in-class tasting sessions but he’ll also conduct field trips throughout the city to breweries, craft beer bars, bottle shops and taprooms, where students will learn from a host of local experts on the world’s most popular beverage.
UC San Diego Extension
San Diego, CA
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 Northern Colorado
The Brewing Laboratory Sciences Certificate at the University of Northern Colorado provides a theoretical background in brewing, the brewing process, and in laboratory analysis of malt, wort and beer components. American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) laboratory methods and their application to a quality control/quality assurance program in an operational microbrewery are key features of the intensive practical experience associated with the program.
This certificate consists of three courses taken in sequence: The first course is taken online during the spring semester (January to May). The applied courses at the UNC brewery and lab will be completed back-to-back during the first six-week summer session on-campus in Greeley. You will attend class and contribute to beer production and testing Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for three weeks for each course.
You must meet the University of Northern Colorado undergraduate admission requirements for the academic year for which you are applying. You must be at least 21 years old by the beginning of the summer face-to-face courses. Strong candidates will have earned a C or higher grade in a college level course in at least two out of three of the following categories of coursework prior to beginning the certificate program: mathematics (college algebra or higher); science (preferably biology or chemistry); logic and reasoning. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of beer or brewing.
University of the Sciences
Good beer doesn’t happen by accident. Brewing is a science. And nobody knows science better than we do. We’re uniquely positioned to offer the mid-Atlantic region’s first Brewing Science Certificate—and with it a direct pathway to employment and career advancement.
Our post-baccalaureate, 18-credit program delves deep into the biology, chemistry, physics, and math of creating the perfect pint of beer. You will benefit from a team teaching model that combines USciences faculty and facilities with experts from the brewing industry. This exposes you to: Practical information and techniques, valuable industry connections, and hands-on experience in cutting-edge on-site pilot brew lab.
Keeping your schedule in mind, we offer flexibility with evening classes and a 1+ or 2+ year(s) path to coursework completion. Following your course completion, you will participate in an internship with one of our exceptional local brewery partners.
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI
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.