The Craft Brewing Certificate prepares students to meet the needs of the growing craft brewing industry. This certificate is designed for those who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the components of beer styles and sales/merchandising aspects of the craft beer brewing industry and can be completed in one academic year sequence. Students will learn about the trade using a variety of approaches and includes hands-on brewing experience and exposure to the requirements of the Beer Judge Certificate Program and/or Cicerone® Certificate.
Students are required to consult with an advisor before submitting their application to the certificate program. The following requirements should be met for admission into the certificate program:
- Good Academic standing the quarter prior to admission
- CWU/Transfer Combined cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.25 or above at the time of application
- Students must agree to sign a written statement regarding professional conduct and responsibility.
For details about the application procedures, contact the Craft Brewing Program Director through the program office: CraftBrewing@cwu.edu
Students must be 18 years of age to apply for the certificate program. It should be understood that all classroom courses involving tasting will require students to taste and spit (Washington State legislation RCW 66.20.010 (12) a-f). Student must be at least 21 years old before enrolling in CRBW 450, Sensory Analysis for Brewing.
Students may be expected to spend some time outside the classroom working on assignments and projects. Some sessions may meet on Saturdays.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Explain the compositional features of the four essential brewing raw materials: malt, hops, water, and yeast and how they contribute to beer styles.
- Explain beer’s quality attributes, such as foam, stability, color, aroma, attenuation and be able to interpret the reasons why a product deviates from expected performance.
- Demonstrate an understanding of branding and marketing in the brewing industry.
- Demonstrate the brewing process and use of equipment.