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Brewing Technology Classes

Brewing Operations Coursework

BridgeValley’s Brew Tech courses are an exciting new opportunity to start a career you will love in West Virginia’s growing craft beer industry.  You will learn everything from the chemistry of beer to business of running a successful brewery.

First Semester
Course Course Name Credits
BREW 100 Craft Beverage Safety & Sanitation 3
BREW 101 Intro to Brewing 3
ATEC 115 Fundamentals of Business Computer Operations 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
GNST 102 First Year Experience 1
MATH 115 Applied Technical Math (GEC-2) 3
  Semester Total 16
Second Semester
Course Course Name Credits
BREW 180 Brewing Chemistry & Microbiology 5
BREW 230 Brewing Production Management 3
BREW 240 Craft Brewing Industry 3
BUSN 230 Business Communication and Ethics 3
  Semester Total 14
Third Semester
Course Course Name Credits
BREW 150 Applied Brewing Operations 3
BREW 250 Craft Beer Sensory Evaluation 3
HIST 205 Appalachian Culture and History 3
MRKT 205 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
  Program Elective 3
  Semester Total 15
Fourth Semester
Course Course Name Credits
BREW 204 Brewery & Distillery Environmental Sustainability 3
BREW 205 Craft Beverage Sales and Promotions 3
BREW 210 Brewing Internship 3
MGMT 220 Principles of Management 3
  Program Elective 3
  Semester Total 15

Course Descriptions

  • Introduction to Craft Brewing
    • Covers the complete brewing process, from grain to glass, and discover how the separate processes interact to produce the final product.
  • Craft Beverage Safety and Sanitation
    • This course will concern itself with the policies and procedures pertaining to sanitation in the brewing and distilling industry.
  • Craft Brewing Industry
    • This course will concern itself with the nature of the craft beer industry from the perspectives of history, market, product, production and careers
  • Craft Beverage Sales and Promotion
    • This course will concern itself with the further development of the student’s marketing knowledge for the craft beverage industry as it related to distilled spirits and beer.
  • Sensory Evaluation of Beer
    • This course will act as an introduction to the visual, olfactory, and gustatory parameters used in the evaluation of beer. The primary concern will be with the development of beer sensory skills and terminology necessary to critically evaluate sensory properties, quality, and potential defects in beer.
  • Brewing Microbiology
    • Brewing microbiology focuses on microorganisms involved in beer production. Students will learn about the role of yeasts and other microorganisms in the brewing process. Learn to manage yeast and control fermentation in order to optimize the brewing process and control the finished beer flavor.
  • Brewing Chemistry
    • Using laboratory exercises, you will study the properties of gases and liquids, thermodynamics, ph and pressure, and how they influence brewery production processes and beer quality. You will also develop knowledge and skills about the different types of chemicals used in beer production and maintenance of brewery hygiene.
  • Brewing Calculations and Recipe Formulation
    • Brewing calculations and recipe formulation will impart the mathematics used in a brewery for material control and development of beer recipes. Determining precise alcohol levels and the grain and hop usage rates.
  • Applied Brewing Operations
    • This course offers a supervised, structured learning experience in an approved brewery. Students will receive training in brewing operations, enhance their academic learning, and gain exposure to the workplace.
  • Brewing and Distilling Environmental Sustainability
    • This course will concern itself with environmental sustainability in the brewing and distilled spirits industries, focusing on increasing overall energy efficiency within the production facility.
  • Brewing Internship
    • This course will concern itself with the hands-on performance of typical craft brewery procedures in a live industrial setting. Note:  this course will involve activities in an industrial setting. Students will be required to obtain and use osha approved safety equipment to include: safety glasses, crush-resistant, slip-resistant footwear.