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Craft Beer Certificate Programs  

Craft Beer UW Tacoma


We are excited to launch this new series of certificate programs that reflect 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 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? 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.

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.)

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 Brewery Services

(In development for Fall 2018)

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
  • Science of Brewing and Fermentation

    (In development for Winter 2019)

    Curriculum provides the technical skill to produce wort, manage yeast and fermentation processes, and finish and package the product on a large scale. Capstone project will include multiple test batches of product.

    Upon completion of this program participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the technical aspects of brewing.
  • Safely manage and maintain production equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of production scale.
  • 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.

      For Science of Brewing program
      – It is highly recommended that participant must have completed one of the following:

    • College level chemistry (Chemistry 101 - Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry) or equivalent.
    • Completed college level pre-calculus or equivalent.

    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.)

    Payment Options

    Pay for the Series and Save Register and pay for the entire certificate at one time for a discounted price that will vary per certificate specialization (plus admissions fee and registration transaction).

    Pay for the Series and Save: Business of Craft Beer -- $2599
    • Includes courses – “Mastering Beer Styles” and “Business of Craft Beer Part 1 and Part 2”

    Other certificate course pricing TBD

    Books and/or assessment tools are not included. If you have taken the core required course and would like to take advantage of the series pricing, we will credit payments made towards the certificate fee. In order to qualify for the series discount, participants must request transfer/enrollment before enrolling in the second course.

    Pay as You Go Register and pay for a course a quarter at a time at the rate of $599 - $3499 each (plus admissions fee and registration fee per transaction). You must apply and meet qualifications for admissions to enroll in an individual class. Books and/or assessment tools are not included.

    The university’s tuition exemption policy does not apply to this program. Fees and tuition are subject to change.

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    Business of Craft Beer Part 1 Course #: 18WTCB121A
    Instructor: Gregory Paley Fee: $1,199.00
    Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
    of Week:
      Dates: Times:
    30 Hours / 3 CEU's   Th   1/25/2018-3/29/2018 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

    NOTE: Class will be held on Wednesday, 03/28 and not on Thursday as other classes.

    Building/Room: UW Tacoma Pinkerton, PNK 104

    Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation Course #: 18STSTCB110A
    Instructor: Trevor Nichol Fee: $599.00
    Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
    of Week:
      Dates: Times:
    30 Hours / 3 CEU's   W   4/18/2018-6/20/2018 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

    SPRING 2018

    NOTE: Hours and Time Change for Spring Class.

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

    Required Reading

    Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher, Storey Publishing, 2009

    Note: Based upon instructor and class feedback we have adjusted the in-class hours for this program in Spring 2018. Some nights may extend slightly longer than three hours due to brewery tours, special guests, etc.


    Business of Craft Beer Part 2 Course #: 18STCB122A
    Instructor: Gregory Paley Fee: $1,199.00
    Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
    of Week:
      Dates: Times:
    30 Hours / 3 CEU's   Th   4/12/2018-6/14/2018 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    Tentative Schedule
    Building/Room: UW Tacoma TBA On Campus, TBA

    Business of Craft Beer SERIES Course #: 17FTCB120A
    Instructor: Multiple-Instructors Certificate Series, Gregory Paley, Trevor Nichol Fee: $2,599.00
    Contact Hours /CEU's   Day(s)
    of Week:
      Dates: Times:
    0 Hours / 0 CEU's   Arr   10/9/2017-6/14/2018 Arr

    Business of Craft Beer meets Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at UW Tacoma campus - Jan 25 to Jun 14

    NOTE: Class will be held on Wednesday, 03/28 and not on Thursday.

    Building/Room: ,

    Pay for the Series and Save!

    Register and pay here for all three (3) classes in the series at one time.

    See course description for more details.


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