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[Brew Series] Training America’s Next Brewers: The Top Brew Schools in the US

[Brew Series] Training America’s Next Brewers: The Top Brew Schools in the US
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3. Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Colorado State is not the only university offering a Bachelor’s Degree in Fermentation Sciences.  Enter Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  Didn’t North Carolina use to be a dry state?  Wow.

The program began in 2012 and again, it is not a training program for drinking beer.  Participants take classes in Math, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business, and Marketing.  Oh, did I mention Enology?  That, too.

Students will also study systems design and engineering.  And after all that, they finally get to have some fun.  Students visit local vineyards and breweries, collaborating to obtain the necessary hands-on experience.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter many of the fermentation industries, but most especially the craft brewing business.  Thank goodness.

Instate Tuition – $14,332 Annually


2. UC Davis, Davis, California

Photo via ucdavis.edu
Photo via ucdavis.edu

The Master Brewers Program at UC Davis is designed to train and prepare students for taking the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), London, Diploma in Brewing Examination.  This designation is an international degree which is used as a standard in the brewing industry.

The program takes 18 weeks for completion.  Some of the course work is in the areas of brewing science which includes an understanding of the inter-workings of malts, yeasts, and hops, as well as fermentation science.   A portion of the course also studies the chemistry and physics of brewing including heat transfer, dilutions, filtration, etc. Information is conferred through seminars, reading assignments and visits to local breweries.

Classes are held at the Sudwerck Brewing Company in Davis, California.  They are not for the faint of heart, either.  There are several prerequisites for acceptance into the program. Prerequisite like Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a smattering of Engineering.

But when you are done, you will have a professional qualification for entering the brewing industry, and you will be prepared to take the Institute of Brewing and Distilling examination.

Tuition – $16,000.


1. Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington

By Kgbo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Kgbo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Craft Brewing Certificate Program at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington has been around since 2009. The program educates attendees in the areas of Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and the beer industry in general.

It is comprised of 4 ten week classes: The Principles and Biochemistry of Brewing, Topics in Strategy for the Craft Brewing Industry, Brew Process Technology, and last but not least, Brewing Microbiology.  You wind up with 16 credits.   Also, there are a couple of prerequisites.  You must have taken college level chemistry and math or have comparable work experience.

Tuition – $6400.00

As a matter of fact, the Craft Brewing Certificate Program has been such a huge success, which in 2015 CWU developed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Craft Brewing.  The big difference between the two programs is the depth of the information presented.  The BS Degree Program

provides students with background knowledge in Math, Science and Business Management and then focus that knowledge on the beer industry.  Students in this program can plan on working in all aspects of craft brewing and doing it hand in hand with successful brewers and other beer professionals.

We ranked CWU as #1 because their success with the Craft Brewing Certificate Program gave the university the courage to develop the Bachelor of Science in Craft Brewing, not fermentation science.  In other words, they are concentrating on beer and beer alone.  Kudos and our hats are off to them!

Instate Tuition – $22,482. Annually

The craft beer industry does not seem to be slowing down at all.  As a matter of fact, these little start-ups have become a major form of millennial recreation, with their industrial tasting rooms and highly educated entrepreneurs.

In Portland, Maine, beer lovers can hop on the Maine Brew Bus and get a tour of the local establishments.  There are so many in Portland that you have to take a bunch of tours to hit them all.  99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall …

So it’s good to have educated brewers to keep the products consistent.  It’s good to have creative brewers to devise new twists on a beverage that has been around for 5000 years.  And it’s good to have a network of brewers for support and encouragement.  Cheers!


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