Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Brewing School

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” 

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Looking to further your education in beer production, tasting, distribution etc?

well Nitch too!

After weeks of rummaging through varies web sites and emailing a great deal of, I've put together what I feel is a comprehensive run through of education options in the beer world. Spanning the glob from Chicago to Munich and back to good ol' CA there are online ventures and distence learning or weekly guided sample and chat sessions. There is a range from light one-day courses where you learn that dark beer tastes like roasted malt to two-day courses where you learn why dark beer tastes like roasted malt, 18-week in depth chemistry education, 3-week long european brewery tours and a mingling of Diplomas, Masters, Degrees, Certifications and Examinations, all gearing the eager and avid beer enthusiast into a life of high learning.

" is an inevitable step to consider a career change into the world of brewing...or consider what it would take to startup their own microbrewery or brewpub. Taking the education steps varies in depth and focuses on new topics that would not normally come from the school of hard knocks. 
The introduction to homebrewing is likely through an acquaintance or by reading up on websites or books. The industry has made it fairly simple to take those first steps into the craft by showing how it can be done for the first time fairly simply and cheaply. Brewing 101 shows that with a few parts and a little time a perfect home brew is only a few dollars and a few hours away. Moreover, the ingredients are packaged, by some suppliers, into tidy little packages that make it as easy as a single purchase for the ingredients and equipment.The steps with going professional bring on entirely new concepts. The equipment gains in complexity and definitely in expense. The brewer needs to know about wholesale channels for malts grains and hops (which now are commonly based on future contracts). There are licenses and taxes that are incurred by having a business that produces alcohol. The information needed even extends to how the wastewater from a brewery is treated. In short, there is more to be learned than O.G. and tannins in hops. 
The schools that do exist can actually be very comprehensive and can prepare the passionate homebrewer for a career. This page includes an outline of some of the common brewing schools, and also discusses career options for that new degree!"

Lets start with the least time consuming accreditations and move our way up to the full on big heads, in a slow like manner.

Level 1

Beer 101 Course via, takes approximately 1 hour of your time and $15 of your pocket money. In the end, you get a nifty printable certificate with your name on it and the pride of knowing that you were able to sit in front of your computer for more then one hour without liking anything on facebook.

Brewing Schools

Siebel Institute
The Siebel Institute, created by John E. Siebel, was the first western brewing institute that was originally named the Zymotechnic Institute located in Chicago. In 1868 it was renamed to the Siebel Institute of Technology. Brewing courses and diplomas were established by the 1900's. On the year that prohibition was passed Siebel had to adjust or die so they made an intelligent shift of focus toward baking technologies. As soon as Prohibition ended the institute continued its brewing program, leading Siebel to become one of the most accredited and in depth educational facilities for brewing in the world, including the most respected brewing lab in America. The facilities are now located across from Goose Island Brewing Company in Lincoln Park. They have expanded their trainings to a facility in Montreal there they focus on microbiology and combined forces with Doemens Academy in Munich.
Courses are available in English, French or Spanish.
The website boasts a few outdated and boring videos, but keep a cut above the rest with the fact that they have videos at all. 

The World Brewing Academy Master Brewer Program is a 20-week program designed and presented by Siebel Institute and Doemens Academy. This is an advanced level program designed for those looking to build their brewing industry career.

Professional Beer tasting and styles course $ 935 Sept 6th-7th

Chicago Campus

Master of Beer Styles

$1390 or $1260 before Sept 15th 2012

Nov 13th-15th


European Brewing Study Tour

$3885 or 3525 before Feb 15th 2013

Through Europe

(hotel, food not included)

two weeks

in english

Beer and Food: A Hands on Encounter

$790 or $720 before Sept 18th 2012


Nov 16th 2012

About food and beer pairing

Applied brewing techniques

S$6,350 or $5,775 before Jan 25th 2013 Goes fast


Oct 29th to Nov 16th 2012

Module 5

Sensory Panel Management

$1,450 or $1,280 before April 19th 2013


June 17th-19th 2013

Brewing Microbiology

$4,100 or $3,725 before March 8th 2013

Montreal, Canada

May 6th to Mat 17th 2013

Sensory Analysis for Flavor Production and Control

$490 or $445 before Sept 14th 2012


Nov 12th 2012

part of the masters of beer styles and evaluation program

Start your own brewery

$1390 or $1,260 before Sept 28th 2012


Nov 26th-28th

Technical Case Studies

$1450 or 1300 before August 25th 2013 (2012 sold out)


Oct 23rd-25th

Modeule 4 of World Brewing Academy International Diploma in Brewing Techonogy program

Students can elect to attend the other courses that form the Diploma program at a later date so that they may complete this program at their own pace.

Master Brewer Prgram

8 week added to 12 week International Diploma in Brewing Technology program

Feb 4th to July 26th 2013

Sold out, no price shown

Intertional Diploma in Brewing Techology Program

$18,100 Or $16,400 before July 12 2013

Chicago and Munich

Sept 9th to Nov 29th 2013

Airfare included

Web based Esecutive Overview of the Brewing Process

Sept 30th to Oct 20th 2012 ( 3 weeks)

Level 1

USD 935

850 with early tuition offer ends sept, 17th 2012

Web based Concise Course in brewing Technology

August 19th to Nov 18th 2012 (3months)

Level 2

USD 3,700

3,360 early offer ends August 6th 2012

No prior knowledge required

Web based Associate in Brewing Technology Program

Feb 25th to Dec 14th 2013

Level 3

3 monthes Raw Materials and wort production

3 months Beer production and quality control

3 months packaging and process technology

The associate program form the brewing theory component for out WBA internaional diploma in brewing Technology program. After completion of the Associate Program, students may elect to complete the World Bewing Academy Internaional Diploma in Brewing Technology program by completing the following modules at the Siebel Institute in Chicao and Doemens Academy campus in Munich, Germany

-Technical Case Studies Course and Business of Brewing (Module 4 in chicago)

-Applied Brewing Techniques (Model 5 in Munich)

-European Brewing Study Tour (Module 6 in Munich)

NO price (over $9,000)

PDF for domestic students/international students on campus

PDF for online course application

can be filled electronically, faxed, emailed scanned document, snail mail

Scholarships available 2012 year is mostly closed as ending in 1st of june 2012, no announcement on when 2013 opens

The john G. Doble the third Memorial scholarship, Deadline Dec 1st, winner announced at Florida Brewers Guild BeerFest Following year and must be present to win, two endorments from Florida Brewers Guild Members

The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Brewing Scholarship

Deadline March 23, 2012 Must be for Northwest and live in NW on March 23rd 2012, two letters of reccomentional

Beer Barons of Milwaukee Pro Brewer Scholarhsip Fun

professional brewers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, illinois, Indiana and Michigan with Wisconsin preferred

Deadline april 1st of each year

Siebel Institute offers the following Programs
Basic Level Brewing CourseNo prior experience required, this course offers the nuts and bolts for the beginner
Web-Based Concise Course In Brewing Technology3 month web-based course that covers harvesting to packaging.
Concise Course in Brewing TechnologyThis is a two week intensive program that covers ingredients, equipment, packaging, and process.
Associate in Brewing Technology6 week course that gives an associates degree upon completion. This is a prerequisite for the International Diploma in Brewing Technology.
International Diploma in Brewing TechnologyThis course puts into practice the learnings from the associates program and includes training and education in Munich as well as Chicago.

The Associate and International Diplomas are made up of the following modules, which can also be taken individually:
Raw Materials and Wort Production CourseTwo week course focused on wort production
Beer Production and Quality Control CourseTwo week course focusing on the processing of the wort to the packaging
Packaging and Process Technology CourseTwo week course focusing on the process and materials for packaging
Technical Case Studies CourseOne week course that looks at real world case studies within the brewing industry
Applied Brewing Techniques3 week course that takes place in the Munich facility and involves putting the preach into practice
European Brewing Study TourTwo week course that travels to breweries in Europe to witness the behind the scenes operations
Business of Brewing CourseThis new two day course focuses on the business aspects of a brewing such as budgets and marketplace
Additional Courses Include:
Advanced Homebrewing Course

One week course taking place in Durango, CA that takes homebrewing to the advanced levels
 $2,250- $2,075 before 
Chicago Campus

Draft Executive Course

$890 or $810 before Sept 1st 2012

Oct 30th-31st

Master of Beer Styles and Evaluation CourseIs made up of both the Sensory Analysis for Flavor Production and Control Course as well as the Master of Beer Styles Course. These courses can be taken individually.
TwinTrack Brewing Microbiology CourseOffers a branch into two courses depending on the brewers skillset and environment. The two courses include Essential Brewing Microbiology Track as well as the Advanced Brewing Microbiology Track.
Executive Draught Skills WorkshopA two day course focusing on the draught systems and maintenance.Draft Master Program
$1,450 or $1,320 before Sept 1st 2012

Oct 30th to Nov 2nd 2012

Siebel Golden Training Center- Denver
Professional Beer Tasting and Styles CourseTwo day course that goes through the collection of styles.
Start your Own Brewery CourseThree day course focusing on the logistics and operations of putting a brewery into motion and maintaining it.
Siebel Institute of Technology Contact Information
1777 North Clybourn Ave. Suite 2F
Chicago, IL. 60614 U.S.A.
P: 312-255-0705
F: 312-255-1312
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University of California Davis

UC Davis Extensions offers several courses for the professional brewer and holds the only North American programs that are accredited by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London. This organization was formed by two groups coming together in 2001 which include The Institute of Brewing and The Guild of Brewers. Michael Lewis, Ph.D. has led these courses for decades and comes with plenty of literature to support his cause.
UC Davis Extensions undergraduate degree program in fermentation offers two main courses:
Professional Brewers Certificate Program:
This 8 week course covers the first teachings of the Master Brewers Program, and is focused towards the science of brewing. It offers the theory behind the ingredients, equipment, processes, and techniques.
Master Brewers Program:
This program offers the highest level degree from the university, and focuses on training for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling Diploma in Brewing Examination (IBD DBE). All in this course lasts 18 weeks and covers brewing science as well as brewing engineering. This does not require a previous college degree, but does recommend education in mathematics, biological sciences, cell physiology or biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and engineering.
UC Davis also offers the following courses:
Diploma in Brewing Examination Review SessionA series of review sessions focused on passing the IBD
Intensive Brewing Science for Practical BrewingAn intensive course designed to cover a lot of material quickly for those looking for more information
UC Davis Contact Information
1333 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618
P: (800) 752-0881
F: (530) 757-8558
E: Email:

American Brewers Guild

American Brewers Guild

1001 Maple St
Salisbury VT 05769 USA
Phone: 802.352.4200
Fax: 802.352.4641

The American Brewers Guild is owned and lead by Steve Parkes. They provide two courses, including distance learning and apprenticeship, as well as employment services.
Craft Brewers Apprenticeship (CBA)
This course is offered twice a year and is a 27 week program consisting of in-class or distance learning. The course consists of:
  • 21 weeks focusing on the science and engineering of brewing
  • 1 week studying at a working brewery
  • 5 weeks apprenticeship at a participating brewery which are located from New Jersey to California
Some of the participating breweries include Brooklyn Brewery - New York, NY, Gordon Biersch Brewery - San Francisco, CA, Karl Strauss Brewery - San Diego, CA, along with many others. A degree is not required but education in one or more of the following areas is suggested: Mathematics, biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering (IBS&E)
This course covers the same first 22 weeks of the Craft Brewers Apprenticeship (CBA) program.
American Brewers Guild Contact Information
1001 Maple Street
Salisbury, VT 05769
P: (800) 636-1331
F: (802) 352-4641

Brewing Salaries

The salary for a Brewmaster can range from $30,000 to $70,000 per range plus benefits, not to mention doing what you love. The range largely comes from the size of the brewery you are working for. The macro breweries will pay more and at the same time expect more in formal education.
Today's brewers need to be efficient in both computer applications as well as mechanical skills. The range of tasks around the day to day operations ranges from working with people as in sales to cleaning out spent wort. There is a routine and once a great recipe is found it will likely be brewed time and time again.
Doemens Acadamy in Munich

Professional Courses


Darwin Annexe
University of Sunderland
Chester Road, Sunderland. UK. SR1 3SD.
Phone: +44 (0)191.515.2535
Fax: +44 (0)191.515.2531

Doemens Academy

PO Box 1325 / Stefanusstrasse 8
Grafelfing / Munich
D 82166 Germany
Phone: +49 89.858.050
Fax: +49 89.858.0526

International Center for Brewing and Distilling

Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland, U.K.
Phone: 44(0) 131.451.3184
Fax: 44(0) 131.449.7459

Institute of Brewing & Distilling, The*

33 Clarges Street
London, U.K.
Phone: +44 (0) 20.7499.8144
Fax: +44 (0) 20.7499.1156
* BA Members receive a discount rate on world class courses! The examination syllabus: Brewing & Packaging Processes overview, Fundamental Principles of Beer Packaging, Beer Quality & Contamination, Plant Cleaning & Maintenance, Water, Effluent & Utilities.
Successful candidates receive: IBD Certificate and UK City & Guild Certificate.
Cost: Examination (June & November at centers to suit candidates): $295
Learning material/syllabus: $30
Workbooks: $75
CD-ROM: $110

Master Brewer's Association of the Americas

3340 Pilot Knob Road
St. Paul, MN 55121-2097
Phone: 651.454.7250
Fax: 651.454.0766

Niagara College: Brewmaster & Brewery Operations

Niagara College
135 Taylor Road, S.S. #4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
Phone: 905-641-2252 ext. 4403
Fax:  905-988-4317
Niagara College: Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management is a two-year diploma program. Canada's first and only brewmaster program. For more info, please visit: email Kevin Somerville, Coordinator of the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program at Niagara

The Scandinavian School of Brewing

Gl. Carlsberg vej 16, 1799
Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone: +011 45 33 27 24 00

Siebel Institute of Technology & World Brewing Academy

North American Head Office
1777 North Clybourn Ave., Suite 2F
Chicago, IL. 60614-5520 USA
Phone: 312.255.0705
Fax: 312.255.1312

University of California-Davis

UC Davis Extension
1333 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95616 USA
Phone: 530.757.8691
Fax: 530.757.8634

UC Davis: Department of Food Science and Technology

Davis, CA 95616-8598 U.S.A.
Phone: 530.752.1467
Fax: 530.752.4759

VLB Berlin

Seestrasse 13
Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (30) 45.080.0
Fax: +49 (30) 453.60.69


Weihenstephan 1
Freising, Germany
Tel: +49.8161.536.0
Fax: +49.8161.536.200

Beer Consumer/Server Education

MBAA Beer Steward Certificate Program

3340 Pilot Knob Road
St. Paul, MN 55121-2097
Phone: 651.454.7250
Fax: 651.454.0766

Cicerone Certification Program

Examinations that offer a professional
credential for those who sell and serve beer.
4659 N. Ravenswood Ave, #105
Chicago, IL 60640

Is any of this money gobbling cultivation necessary to make one a more disciplined follower of the grain and froth? 
No. Does Nitch want to do each and every one of these things: Yes!

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