Skagit Valley College

Craft Brewing Academy

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

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  • Program Options

    The Craft Brewing Academy is unique in Washington State. The program provides an overview of the craft brewery business—from grain 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. The program includes industry professionals in the classroom, industry tours and an internship experience with regional breweries.

  • Certificate Options

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  • 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.
  • Costs, Financing & Success

    Certificate Program Costs

  • Schedule

    • September 25, 2018 – June 21, 2018 (Following the SVC academic calendar and breaks.)
    • Class time: Monday & Wednesday - 6–9 p.m. and online
    • Brew Lab: Arranged
    Fall 2018
    • BRW 101 - Culture of Craft Brewing (3)
    • BRW 103 - Beverage Biochemistry (4)
    • BRW 105 - Raw Materials (3)
    • BRW 107 - Wort Production (3)
    • BRW 160 - Brewery Lab I (1)
    • BIOL 150 - Microbiology and Chemistry Laboratory Techniques for Brewing (1)

    Total: 15 credits

    Winter 2019
    • BRW 110 - Brewery Operations (5)
    • BRW 120 - Essentials of Quality Assurance/Quality Control (3)
    • BRW 125 - Flavor Production and Control (2)
    • BRW 128 - Industry Experience (1)
    • BRW 161 - Brewery Lab II (2)

    Total: 13 credits

    Spring 2019
    • BRW 130 - Business of Craft Brew (4)
    • BRW 135 - Tradition and Innovation in Beer Styles (2)
    • BRW 198 - Brewery Capstone Project (1)
    • BRW 199 - Brewery Internship (5)

    Total: 12 credits

  • Program Expenses & Funding

    • SVC Tuition & Fees: Approximately $4,100
    • Program Lab Fees: $500
    • Books: Approximately $300
  • Program Entry & Registration

    In order to enroll, each student must:

    • Be 21 years of age or older

    The program is limited to 20 students, and program entry is first come, first serve. To get started vist: www.skagit.edu/getstarted

Contact Us

Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy
15579 Peterson Road
Burlington, WA 98233

For more information, please call (360) 416.2537.

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