The Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast® (CBI) at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is designed to support the rapidly growing craft beverage industry in Western North Carolina and the Southeast by providing curriculum and non-credit courses in brewing, distilling, fermentation and related business practices. The Institute prepares individuals for positions in brewery and distillery operations and management, distribution, sales and marketing, and customer service or to be self-employed and open their own craft production facility.
The Institute offers a training fermentation facility that supports real-time learning and reflects industry standards:
- Commercial size brew-house
- Six pilot brewing systems
- Hybrid distillation system
- Commercial winery production equipment
- Sensory analysis lab
- Packaging lines
- Quality assurance/quality control lab
In addition to brewing, distillation and winemaking practices, students perform experiments and vet their production output via sensory evaluations.
Students are able to perform experiments and receive “just-in-time” instruction. In addition to brewing, distillation and wine making practices, students may vet their production output via sensory evaluations.