Beer Education 101
Considering a career in the craft beer industry? Thinking about brewing beer as a hobby? Just want more information on brewing and tasting beer?
The rise of craft beer over the past few years has resulted in a thirst for knowledge about the age old craft of brewing itself. Whether your interest lies in commercial brewing, home brewing, beer judging, expert tasting, or you just need to know more about craft beer; there is a place of learning for you.
Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program at Niagara College was the first course of its kind in Canada. This two year full time program teaches students the ins and outs of the beer industry. Of course, brewing practice and theory are integral to the program and there is a state of the art teaching brewery on site. The course also teaches important business and industry topics such as finance, human resources, and marketing and promotions. Click here for more information.
The Prud’Homme Beer Certification Program is a workshop based program that focuses on beer knowledge and evaluation of beer. There are 4 levels of certification and each level focuses more and more on the sensory evaluation and identifying tastes of beer. If you want to have an expert palate for beer, this is your course. Learn more about it here.
Last but not least is the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The BJCP was founded in 1985 with the goal of promoting beer education and literacy of real beer (ale). BJCP focuses on tasting and identifying styles with a heavy focus on blind tasting. Check out more information here.
If you aren’t fussed by the formal programs and certificates then have no fear. One of the best resources for beer knowledge and information is your local home brew club. Home brew clubs often will have “learn to brew” days where you can attend and see what it’s like to brew on a small scale in your own home.
Perhaps the best way to get an informal beer education is to attend a Brewery Crawl with Backyard Beer Tours! Allow us to safely transport you and your group to 3 different breweries and provide an introduction to the sensory evaluation of beer. We also teach you all about the brewing process, different styles, and techniques. Don’t wait, click here to book now.