This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry. Classroom instruction, practical laboratory applications of brewing, distillation and fermentation principles and practices are included in the program of study.
Course work in brewing, distillation and fermentation includes production, operations, safety and sanitation and associated process technologies. Related course work is offered in fermentation production, safety and sanitation, applied craft beverage microbiology, agriculture, marketing, management, equipment, packaging and maintenance
Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry. Students may be eligible to sit for the professional Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) certification exams which correspond to the program of study.
The Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to brew, distill and ferment various products, including beverages. Includes instruction in production of fermented products, cultivating, marketing, management, legal issues, inspection, maintenance, service and repair of equipment, facility operations, packaging, sanitation, and welding.
Specific Program Requirements
- General college admissions requirements
- Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation is a capped program due to a limited amount of classroom and lab availability. This program has a limited selection process. See the Business & Hospitality Education section on the Competitive and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website. www.abtech.edu/competitive-and-limited-programs Requirements do include but are not limited to:
- Documentation of successful completion of High School Chemistry or CHM 092.
- Demonstrate college level placement in English and math as outlined in selection criteria.
- NCCCS requires that all students must be 21 years of age or older by the start of classes.
- Student applicants must be able to work in a physically demanding environment including but not limited to standing in a hot and wet work area for extending lengths of time; climbing stairs; repeatedly lifting equipment and product weighing up to 55 lbs., and safely maneuvering by hand equipment that weighs up to 170lbs.
- Brewing and Distillation facilities may require a criminal background check and/or drug testing prior to employment or co-op. In addition, national and/or state regulations may prohibit employment or co-op opportunities based on criminal records.
Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better: ACA, ACC, BDF, CHM, HRM, SST, and WBL.