Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering
Course Catalog
Course Catalog
Brewing Resources


  American Brewers Guild
  1001 Maple Street
  Salisbury, VT 05769 
  (800) 636-1331
  Fax: (802) 352-4641

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28-Week Program

  • Practical brewing science and engineering

  • Distance learning format

  • 5 weeks of real hands-on experience in a Guild-approved working brewery. We have participating brewers in every State. (Check out just a few of the currently participating breweries.)

  • Brewery and laboratory experience at a brewpub or microbrewery

  • Job placement assistance

  • Limited class size

Who Should Attend:

This program is intended for seriously committed candidates who:

  • Intend to establish a career as a working brewer

  • Feel the need for practical brewing education and training as part of a plan to open a brewery of their own

  • Wish to advance to a higher position in the brewing industry


While a degree is not required for acceptance to this program, successful completion of at least one college level math course, and a college level science course in the subject areas listed below, are required. Applicants must be able to provide transcripts documenting the math requirement and at least one additional subject area.

Mathematics: pre calculus or algebra
and at least one from the following list
Biological Sciences: microbiology, cell physiology, or biochemistry
Chemistry: General college chemistry which must include organic, inorganic and analytical
Physics: heat and mechanics or process control
Engineering: topics in mechanical or chemical engineering

Candidates must be able to devote 5 weeks full time to an unpaid apprenticeship in a brewery at the end of the class


Course Description:

The Craftbrewers Apprenticeship Program prepares candidates for positions as brewers in brewpubs and microbreweries throughout the U.S. The program combines intensive classroom instruction with hands-on brewery experience.

The 28-week program is comprised of 22 weeks of intensive formal instruction in brewing science (e.g. chemistry and microbiology) and engineering, followed by a single week spent at a working brewery, then five weeks of practical on-site training as a working brewer at a host brewery with a selected Guild approved mentor. A win-win-situation, the employers appreciate the help and the grads get a valuable chance to put their knowledge to work.

Brewers who complete the program will understand and be able to perform all operations in a brewery. A diploma will be presented to all those candidates who successfully complete the program.

DATES: Preferred Application Deadlines Location of Residential Week Tuition
( includes ALL books & materials)
January 20th - August 2nd 2014 FULL Middlebury VT  
June 16th - December 26th 2014 FULL Middlebury VT  
January 20th - July 21st 2015 FULL Middlebury VT  
June 15th - December 24th 2015 FULL Middlebury VT  
January 25th - August 5th 2016 Now Enrolling Middlebury VT $9,950
June 13th - December 23rd 2016 Now Enrolling Middlebury VT $9,950


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