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The educational landscape '14-'15

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Our ever-resourceful Nigel Smith here at Brewers’ Guardian has once again complied our update of brewing courses that are available around the world. There’s a lot on offer, ever-increasingly so, with added emphasis on distance learning courses and continued education opportunities.

As to what’s new and different, the trend over the past 12 months educationally follows that of the industry. There are an increasing number of courses geared for microbrewers, both those already established and those just getting underway.

In France, IFBM is now offering courses geared to microbrewers, as well as a new course in Hygiene & HACCP.

In southeast England, Campden BRI has introduced six new courses, two of which, Improving Your Brewing and Recognising Flavours and Off-Flavours, are aimed at today’s microbrewers.

Perhaps of particular relevance to microbrewers wrestling with quality control issues, UC Davis Extension in California has introduced a two-day short course workshop covering Brewing Microbiology.

And the Siebel Institute of Technology continues to grow its offerings for craft brewers, having moved in 2013 to its new campus, located in the facilities of Kendall College in Chicago. (Although graduates will note with satisfaction that Siebel has recreated its famous Bier Stube, a student favourite.)

Amongst other new offerings, the Scandinavian School of Brewing in Denmark has introduced a nine week part-time course in Beverage Technology. This is useful as for those with limited brewery practical experience as an entrance course to the Diploma Master Brewer course.

Corvinus University of Budapest has introduced a Continuing Education Course, covering Brewmaster (diploma) and Adviser in Brewing Technology.

Niagara College in Canada has increased the number of start dates for their two year Brewing program. They now have intakes in September, January and May.

The University of Nottingham has begun a Masters’ programme, which commenced this September. The MSc in Brewing Science and Practice will be based at the University’s Sutton Bonington Campus, where extensive pilot brewing facilities were commissioned in 2011.

Finally, we welcome a new entrant to our catalogue of brewing educators. Olds College in Alberta, Canada is offering two-year Brewmaster and Brewery Operations and Management diplomas.

We update this database on an on-going basis. To include new courses – or to have your school included in the first instance – please contact Nigel Smith,


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