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- Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation  

Mastering Beer Styles


We are excited to launch this new program that reflects the growth of the craft beer industry in the South Puget Sound region, including Tacoma’s burgeoning “Brewery District”!

According to the Brewer’s Association, there are nearly 4,300 craft breweries operating in the United States.

That’s a lot of beer! And that doesn’t even include the thousands of world breweries and beers!

So how do you navigate through knowing what to serve or what to brew? You start with exploring the styles and evaluating the characteristics of beer.

About the Program:

This 10-week course is designed to take students on an exploration through the world of beer. The program provides the core knowledge around the history, terminology and style characteristics of beers. The curriculum is based upon the information covered in industry standard exam certifications such as the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and Cicerone.

Upon completion of this program participants will be able to:

  • Exercise knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the world's diverse beer styles
  • Understand the basic terminology and methods of brewing.
  • Promote, recognize, and advance beer tasting and evaluation.
  • Understand the standardized tools, methods, and processes for the structured evaluation, ranking and feedback of beer.
  • Demonstrate the skills to communicate knowledge of beer styles and characteristics to others.
  • Have the knowledge base to take beer industry certification exams.


The course is designed for whether you are just starting out with your first home brew kit or want to increase beer sales where you work. We are excited to raise a glass with everyone!

  • Aficionados
  • Home Brewers
  • Food Service & Beer Servers
  • Front of House Staff & Management
  • Distributors and Sales in Beverage Industry


We are proud to partner with 7 Seas Brewing for this first course in what we hope develops into a larger craft brewing program. Students will attend classes and brewery tours at the historic site of the Heidelberg Brewery which now houses the 7 Seas Brewery and Tap Room. {Historic note: Heidelberg used to deliver over 750,000 barrels of beer a year across the Northwest from its on-site artisan well.} Opportunities to tour the 80,000 square foot facility and sit down with 7 Seas co-owners/brewers Mike Runion and Travis Guterson and other regional brewing professionals are highlights of the program.


Most classes will be held at the 7 Seas Brewery and Tap Room next to UW Tacoma campus. Some classes may meet at other local breweries or on campus.


Classes will be held once per week, in 4-hr sessions on Monday evenings. 10 weeks. 40 hours.

Course Tuition:

$599       Standard Tuition

$10         Registration Fee


You must be 21 years of age to register. ID will be checked.

Participants must meet the minimum standard of 80% attendance and participation; completion of coursework; and a blind tasting/final exam.

Upon successful completion of the Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation program, you will earn a Certificate of Completion and 4.0 continuing education units (CEU's).

What's next? Additional Craft Beer Certificates

After you've taken the Mastering Beer Styles course for fun, you may want to keep exploring this industry. UW Tacoma offers additional courses to take you to that next level - whether it is the Business of Craft Beer to start your own business or learn how to scale up to large professional production levels.

>>>Learn more about our Craft Beer Certificate Programs<<<


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