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CRAFT BEER CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS  

Craft Beer UW Tacoma

We are excited to offer a second year of our certificate programs that reflect and support the growth of the craft beer industry in the South Puget Sound region, including Tacoma’s burgeoning “Brewery District”!

So what do you want to do? Are you an aficionado looking to learn the history of beer, a homebrewer who wants to kick your skills up to the next level, or are you looking to go into the business of craft beer and breweries - are you already in the industry and want to go to the next level? We can help you learn the tools, gain the skills and have the opportunity to pursue any of these paths.

We are proud to partner with 7 Seas Brewing in our courses in what we hope develops into a larger craft brewing program. Students in the Mastering Beer Styles course attend classes and participate in brewery tours at the historic site of the Heidelberg Brewery which now houses the 7 Seas Brewery and Taproom. {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.

Students in the Fundamentals of Commercial Brewing course will have the opportunity to learn from Lowercase brewer and owner, Christopher Smith, and tour facilities around the region.

Industry Partners: 7 Seas Brewing and Lowercase Brewing

In cooperation with industry professionals from: Icicle Brewing, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Counterbalance Brewing, Farallon Consulting, Georgetown Brewing, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Odom Corporation, Pacific Brewing & Malting, PicoBrew, Portland Kettle Works, Skagit Valley Malting, WA Brewers Guild, WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board, Wingman Brewers and many more.

Program Overview

A practical and hands-on approach of the key concepts, tools, and techniques required to excel in different aspects of the craft brewing industry. A common introductory course provides the background to pursue any or all of the following specialized certificates:

Core Class:

Take as a standalone certificate course or as the required course to start your extended certificate program.

Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation

30+ hours over 10 weeks

Certificate provides participant the core knowledge around the history, terminology and style characteristics of beers. Core curriculum is based upon knowledge requirements of industry standard certifications such as the 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.
  • Promote, recognize, and advance beer, tasting, evaluation, and communication skills.
  • Understand the standardized tools, methods, and processes for the structured evaluation, ranking and feedback of beer.
  • Have the knowledge base to take industry certification exams.

Extended Certificate Specializations:

You may choose each of these specialized certificate programs individually - in addition to the required Mastering Beer Styles course (or equivalent.)

Fundamentals of Commercial Brewing

40 hours over 14 weeks

The Fundamentals of Commercial Brewing will introduce you to the world of commercial brewing. You will be exposed to the equipment, processes and technologies that professional brewers use currently to manage and run breweries of varying sizes. Hands-on brewing sessions are included of the curriculum for context; however, the primary focus will remain on production management and brewery material flow.

Upon completion of this program participants will be able to:

  • Outline the major steps included in a typical brewing process
  • Identify and articulate the major pieces of equipment used in a typical brewery
  • Read and effectively analyze a quote from a brewery equipment manufacturer
  • Identify the cause of possible production pinch-points and associated potential solutions
  • Business of Craft Beer

    60 hours over 20 weeks

    Certificate spans all stages of business development in craft brewing industry, from finding and managing your finances to building marketing strategies and managing your operation. Finalized business plan project will give the next steps to executing and managing a successful business.

    Upon completion of this program participants will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur.
    • Examine business marketing opportunities.
    • Complete a feasibility analysis of a business idea.
    • Identify innovative business strategies.
    • Evaluate financial management decisions.
    • Address the challenges and opportunities specific to brewing business management and entrepreneurship.
    • Have a completed business plan and be ready to seek financing and start their business

    Operations of Retail Brewery Services

    (In development for Fall 2019)

    Provides participant the tools necessary to plan, staff, and manage a craft brew-centric restaurant, bar, or brewery tasting room. Capstone project will include development of a working policies and procedures manual.

    Upon completion of this program participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a brew-centric point-of-service business
  • Effectively work with internal staff
  • Properly use and maintain specialized equipment
  • Identify and improve customer experiences
  • Negotiate and work with external vendors
  • Minimum Requirements:

    The following requirements must be met to be accepted:
    • Be 21 years of age or older.
    • Completed an A.A. or course studies equivalent of two years - OR - two-years of work and/or military experience
    • For acceptance to any extended certificate specialization program successful completion of “Mastering Beer Styles” is required.

      Course requirement may be waived with review & confirmation of prior certifications; i.e., BJCP or Cicerone certifications. A waiver fee of $100 will apply.

      How to Apply

      You may take “Mastering Beer Styles” without application to the program.

      For all other certificate courses: Click here to submit your application form.
      (Once you submit your application form you will be automatically redirected to the payment page where you can add the application fee to your cart.)

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    Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation Course #: 18FTCB110B
    Instructor: Fee: $649.00
    Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
    of Week:
      Dates: Times:
    30 Hours / 3 CEU's   M   10/8/2018-12/17/2018 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

    SEATTLE LOCATION

    Lowercase Brewing Taproom

    Building/Room: Off Campus TBA Off Campus,

    Required Reading

    Tasting Beer, 2nd edition, by Randy Mosher, Storey Publishing, 2017

     

    Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation Course #: 18FTCB110A
    Instructor: Trevor Nichol Fee: $599.00
    Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
    of Week:
      Dates: Times:
    30 Hours / 3 CEU's   Tu   10/9/2018-12/11/2018 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

    TACOMA LOCATION

    Building/Room: 7 Seas Brewery & Tap Room, Backroom

    Required Reading

    Tasting Beer, 2nd edition, by Randy Mosher, Storey Publishing, 2017

     

    Fundamentals of Commercial Brewing Course #: 19WTCB130A
    Instructor: Fee: $1,999.00
    Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
    of Week:
      Dates: Times:
    40 Hours / 4 CEU's   Tu   1/22/2019-4/2/2019 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    NOTE: Class will meet one Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm DATE TBD
    Building/Room: Off Campus TBA Off Campus,
    Classes will meet at UW Tacoma and regional breweries. Check website for updated details.
     

    Business of Craft Beer Part 1 Course #: 19WTCB121A
    Instructor: Gregory Paley, Gary Viers, Gregg Arnold Fee: $1,199.00
    Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
    of Week:
      Dates: Times:
    30 Hours / 3 CEU's   Th   1/24/2019-3/28/2019 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    Building/Room: UW Tacoma TBA On Campus, TBA
     

    Business of Craft Beer Part 2 Course #: 19STCB122A
    Instructor: Gregory Paley, Gregg Arnold Fee: $1,199.00
    Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
    of Week:
      Dates: Times:
    30 Hours / 3 CEU's   Th   4/11/2019-6/13/2019 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    Building/Room: UW Tacoma TBA On Campus, TBA
     

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