American Brewers Guild
If you are new to the Guild, welcome to the nation's premier brewing school
for the craft brewing industry. Over the years, the American Brewers Guild
has earned a strong reputation for providing the brewing industry with the
kind of brewer it needs.
The Guild has developed the CraftBrewers Apprenticeship Program (CBA) to
address the need for new brewers to have some practical experience and
training on graduation. The Guild then developed the Distance Education
version of the CBA to aid students of brewing science in obtaining that
all-important qualification while working at their breweries or other jobs.
As technology allows the Guild will continue to develop the Distance
Education CBA so that it will continue to be at the forefront of brewing
education into the next century. Each year two correspondence courses, the
Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering and the CraftBrewers
Apprenticeship Program courses will be offered twice each, in February and
American Brewers Guild Courses
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.
Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering
This 23-week program coincides with the first 23 weeks of the Craftbrewers
Apprenticeship Program. The course is comprised of instruction in brewing
science and engineering including the theory, science and technology of
brewing processes that convert barley to beer. Special emphasis is placed on
practical issues such as raw materials quality and assessment, practical
wort production, yeast propagation and handling, fermentation and finishing
practices, including filtration and beer packaging, and quality assurance.
All these topics will be reinforced by engineering calculations, design
problems, observation and demonstrations.
American Brewers Guild
1001 Maple Street
Salisbury, VT 05769
Phone: (800) 636-1331