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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.

Click here to view an online information session to help you decide which program is right for you.

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:


Introductory Course:

Take as a standalone certificate course or as a highly recommended part of your specialized certificate program.

Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation

Classes now in Tacoma and Seattle!

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.

Beer Certificate Specializations:

You may choose each of these specialized certificate programs individually - in addition to the recommended Mastering Beer Styles course.

Fundamentals of Commercial Brewing

40 hours over 11 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. Final project of creating an executive summary and pitch will give the next steps to executing and managing a successful business and developing an operational business plan.

    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.
    • Be prepared to pitch your business to potential partners – including financing – with an executive summary.

    Operations of Retail Brewery Services

    (In development for 2019-2020)

    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
  • Advanced Workshops

    (In development for 2019)

    Day-long workshops from industry experts that will go into the deep dive on topics such as:

  • Yeast Management
  • Malt Variations
  • Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Legal Bootcamp
  • Marketing Bootcamp
  • Open enrollment and perfect for industry professionals who simply want that extra edge.

    Recommended Qualifications:

    The following requirements must be met to be accepted:
    • Students must be 21 years of age or older to register.
    • Completeion of an A.A. or course studies equivalent of two years - OR - two-years of work and/or military experience is recommended.

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