The craft beer and beverage industry is one of the fastest growing in the United States and many other parts of the world. The Brewing and Beverage Laboratory Technology Certificate prepares graduates for employment opportunities in many areas of the craft beverage industry including lab technician work at a brewery, distillery, or winery; quality assurance lab work; quality control lab work; yeast propagation; hop crop testing; or packaged product testing.

Students gain knowledge and develop skills related to sanitation and safety in the craft beverage field, sensory evaluation of beverages, sample collection, and QA/QC testing.


Program Chair

Caleb Ochs-Naderer
M.Ed., General Certificate in Brewing, Cicerone Certified Beer Server

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in the lab at a brewery, distillery, winery, or other craft beverage manufacturer

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Brewery Lab Technician
  • Sensory and Development Lab Technician
  • QA Packaging Technician
  • Brewery or Distillery Quality Assurance Technician
  • Distillery Lab Technician
  • Craft Beverage Lab Technician
  • Quality Control Technician

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to the Brewers Association, the number of craft breweries in the United States has increased by over 300% in the past decade. This growth (as well as opportunities in distilleries, wineries, and other beverage manufacturers) has led to the creation of numerous jobs, ranging from entry-level positions to more specialized roles requiring advanced skills and expertise. Opportunities should be good for those with strong technical skills or expertise in specialty areas such as sustainability or quality assurance.

$33,000-$48,000 annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Co-op Salary Projections

Certificate does not include co-op


Program Chair

Caleb Ochs-Naderer
M.Ed., General Certificate in Brewing, Cicerone Certified Beer Server


Effective 2023-2024 academic year

Brewing and Beverage Laboratory Certificate (BREWLC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BREW 110 Brewing Sanitation and Safety 2 0 2
MAT XXX Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
BREW 120 Brewing Technology and Calculations 1 3 2
CHE 110 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3 3 4
Semester 2
BREW 140 Brewing Ingredients 2 2 3
BREW 150 Applied Brewing Microbiology 3 2 4
BREW 160 Sensory Evaluation of Beer 2 3 3
BREW 220 Brewing Packaging, Materials, and Quality Control 2 3 3
Total Credits: 18 16 24


Mathematics Elective
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning 3
MAT 125 Algebra and Trigonometry 4
MAT 131 Statistics 1 3
MAT 132 Statistics 2 3
MAT 151 College Algebra 4
MAT 152 Trigonometry 4
MAT 153 Pre-Calculus 6

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