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4 beer brewing courses for the aspiring microbrewery owner

What’s better than kicking back after a long day at work with a chilled glass of beer? Perhaps brewing the beer yourself.
BY Anandamayee Singh |   02-08-2019

4 beer brewing courses

Beer is the third most popular beverage to consume around the world, only lagging behind water and tea. As one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world, this mixture of barley and hops has been celebrated and regulated in the Babylonian civilization, drunk as breakfast soup in the Middle Ages and heralded as the guest of honour in the extremely popular Oktoberfest. While Corona, Heineken and Budweiser are popular favourites around the world today, over the last decade, beer drinkers have shifted their focus to microbreweries. Brewed in smaller batches and experimenting with interesting flavours, home brewing and microbreweries seem to be the way to go.This international beer day, we have compiled these four beer brewing courses to help you set up the microbrewery of your dreams.  

International Diploma in Brewing Technology - World Brewing Academy

The World Brewing Academy is a cross-Atlantic collaboration between the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany and the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. This hands on brewing course splits twelve weeks of instruction between the two campuses for students to ultimately earn an international diploma they can make use of around the world. Students first build a solid foundation of the theory, science and technologies used by breweries of all sizes. This includes studying raw materials and wort production, beer production and quality control, packaging and process technology.  After seven weeks of theory, students move to the campus in Munich, putting into practice what they learned in Chicago. They work in the Doemens Academy labs, learning about the process of maturation and packaging beer.. The total cost of the course is $18,000. Applications for their Winter and Fall 2020 terms are now open.

Brewing and Brewery Operations program - Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, Cananda

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) boasts award winning brews from its faculty and students. It is also the first brewing program in Canada recognized by the Master Brewers Association.  The 2 year course was developed with consultation from BC Craft Brewers Guild and Advisory Committee. It covers the history of brewing, brewery equipment and technology, packaging and sales, recipe formulations and brewing chemistry. Based in Langley, British Columbia, KPU houses a state of the art, two hectoliter pilot brewery that helps students put their theory to test. Thanks to the high demand for brewing science in North America, most graduates of the program get jobs before they are done with their course.The cost of the program is $10,720 per semester, excluding student insurance. KPU is currently accepting applications for the incoming 2019 class.

Advanced formation of malting art- Institut Francais de Boissons de la brasserie et de la malterie  Lorraine, France

The Institut Francais de Boissons boasts a variety of courses in brewing and malting beer. Their advanced course in the art of malting is geared towards those who have some experience in the process.The course combines theory and practical experience, covering topics such as the global markets for malt and beer, the barley industry in France, the microbiology of barley and malt and malt analysis with visits to laboratories and breweries.  The cost of the program is €2,200 before tax, and accommodation and catering is at your own expense. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Participants can choose the length of the course based on their individual schedules and availability.

Diploma in British Brewing Technology - Brewlab, Sunderland, U.K.

This 9 week diploma course in British Brewing Technology from Brewlab in the U.K. promises to provide a solid foundation to the aspiring brewer. Their six modules cover practical brewing skills, an introduction to the theory of brewing, microbiology, practical experience, information on start ups and industrial placements. They also provide taste training, introducing brewers to basic beer profiles and faults in the process. Diploma recipients have the opportunity to take the IBD certificate exam for international accreditation, as well as ask for extended placements in breweries of their choice. The total cost of the program is £8,750. A £900 deposit is required at the beginning of the course. Applications are now open for the summer 2020 sessions.

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