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Craft Brewing Academy

With the industry expected to grow, demand for knowledgeable brewers has never been higher. If you've considered entering the brewing and distilling industry, or want to purse a wider knowledge of the business itself, join the craft brewing program today!

Photo of Craft Beer Brewer checking tank guages.


  • Program Options

    The Craft Brewing Academy is unique in Washington State. The program provides an overview of the craft brewery/distillery business – from farm to glass. The certificate program is structured to help students learn brew science theory through hands-on experience in the brew laboratory and at local breweries/distilleries. The program includes industry professionals in the classroom, industry tours and several internship experiences at local breweries/distilleries.

  • Certificate Options

    • Craft Brew and Spirits Trade

    • Craft Brewing/Distilling Fundamentals Micro-Certificate
    • Craft Brewery/Distillery Operations Micro-Certificate
  • Outcomes

    Graduates of the Craft Brew program will be able to:

    • Show competency in understanding the history of alcohol fer­mentation and the brewing of beer and distilled spirits, and how this history relates to the legacy and future of brewing/distilling.
    • Demonstrate the ability to utilize brew/distilling house facilities and brewing/distilling equipment.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the microbiology and biochemistry concepts of fermentation pertaining to the brewing of beer and distilled spirits.
    • Analyze and demonstrate the steps in the brewing process - grain handling, malting, yeast and fermentation processes, raw materials and wort production, beer production, quality control, packaging processes, flavor production, and control.
    • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of general physics, fluid dynamics and engineering concepts pertaining to the equipment used in the brewing of beer and distilled spirits.
    • Identify classic and craft-brew beer styles and describe produc­tion of each.
    • Analyze and evaluate business concepts of the brewing industry and the day-to-day activities involved with the operation of a sol­vent brewing/distilling facility.
    • Demonstrate the ability to design and brew a beer that meets gen­erally acceptable standards.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability practices for raw materi­als, water, energy, processing and brewery waste.

Contact Us

Lynnette Bennett
Nelson Hall, Room 206 (N-206)
360.416.7869

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