​​​​​​​​​​​Brewery Maintenance Systems Course​​​​​​​​​​

Virtual: July 21​ - September 2, 2022
In-person: September 12 - 15, 2022​ (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Course Overview

In this course, students will benefit from the experience and wisdom of more than 20 subject matter experts (SMEs) in the field of brewery maintenance. SMEs will focus instruction on maintenance and engineering technology principles that are the foundation of brewing, utility, and packaging system design and operation, as well as the necessary processes involved

As a “hybrid" course, students will learn, discuss, and interact with instructors and classmates virtually for 6 weeks, and then gather in person for four days at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for collaborative learning, hands-on demonstrations, and tours.

Course Topics:

  • Brewery Safety • SOPs •Supply Water • Pumps • Chiller Systems • Steam • Compressed Air • CO2 Systems • Sanitation / CIP • Waste Water • Maintenance Software • Floors and Drains • Brewery Automation • Valves, and more​​

​Course Outcomes:

  • Learn scientific principles associated with brewery processes and packaging systems.
  • Determine best practice system maintenance to help save time and money in your brewery.
  • Consider appropriate protocols for your brewery to troubleshoot and maintain equipment.
  • Gain an operational understanding, recommended guidelines, and considerations associated with the primary disciplines of brewery systems engineering.​

Real-Life Scenarios & Networking:

  • By focusing instruction on real-life examples and scenarios, students will conduct guided discussions and solve common problems that arise related to brewery maintenance. Students will learn best practices, as defined by brewery experts, that can be applied directly and immediately to their own breweries. 
  • Students will return home with a better perspective on the industry, including a clearer understanding of the why’s and how’s of brewing, utility, packaging systems, engineering, maintenance, technology, and greater confidence when tackling on-the-job issues. 
  • One of the most important takeaways is the expanded network of peers and subject matter experts you will be able to continue to reach out to for assistance after the course.

Is this course right for me?

The virtual portion of the course requires a significant time commitment:

  • It is highly recommended that students participating in this course set aside 10-12 hours per week for virtual coursework. 
  • All students must attend and participate in the live (virtual) discussion sessions from 1:00 - 4:00 central time on Thursday during the six weeks of virtual learning. These sessions are interactive so it will not be possible to work while attending virtual discussions. ​

The course design assumes students have some experience working in or supporting the brewing industry as well as a high school level understanding of mathematics and science, and a basic understanding of engineering and operational technologies. However, if this doesn't describe you – no worries. You can still benefit from the course based on your willingness to engage with the material, put in the extra time that may be required, and ask for support from your instructors and peers when needed.​​

Most important is that prospective students have a willingness to invest time and effort to deepen their understanding of brewery processes and equipment, share their own experiences, expand their professional network, and learn in a virtual as well as a classroom environment.​

​​​Course Requirements​


Both the virtual and in-person components of the course are required. 

You will be required to either:

  • Submit proof of COVID vaccination (2 doses) at the time of registration 


  • ​​​Submit proof of a negative COVID test (lab-generated results, no home tests) taken within 48 hours of arriving at the on-site portion of the course. 
​​​Masks may be required in the in-person portion, depending on the venue requirements at the time. 

​(See details on the Health and Safety page.)


  • Approximately 10-12 ​hours of independent learning (virtual lesson videos, assignments, and discussions) each week.
  • 3-hour live virtual discussion/ Q&A session Friday afternoons (We ask that you take time off from your job to participate in the live discussion sessions.)
  • ​​​​Travel to Madison, WI
  • Participate in collaborative learning, demonstrations, networking, and tours. 

2022 Course Schedule 

Click here​ to view a detailed schedule of the course topics and presenters. 


​​Tuition includes printable educational materials and job-aidson-site and virtual toursnetworking opportunitiesaccommodations at the class site (in Madison​​), two meals per day during in-person class times, and the opening and closing banquets for the Madison week. ​

  • Master Brewers Members: $3,799
  • Course + Membership: $3,948
  • Nonmember: $4,199​


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Course Scholarships

Master Brewers Course Scholarships are available. ​Click the button below to view eligibility requirements and apply online.

Scholarship Application​​

​Cancellation Policy

Only the first 55 applications accompanied by the tuition fee, paid in full (US funds only), will be accepted. Course tuition includes educational materials, breakfast and lunch on days of instruction, opening and closing banquets, and accommodations at the Lowell Center. Cancellations received by Master Brewers Headquarters on or before June 10, 2022, will be issued a credit equal to the registration fee, less the $100 processing fee, which will be good for two years toward any Master Brewers continuing education program. Notices of cancellation after June 10, 2022, will not be eligible for a refund or credit. Master Brewers reserves the right to cancel the course if a sufficient number of registrations are not received by June 10, 2022. If Master Brewers cancels this course, your registration fee will be refunded in full. In the event Master Brewers cancels this course, Master Brewers is not liable for nonrefundable airfares or ticket change penalties imposed by the airlines. By registering for this course, you agree to the cancellation and refund terms and conditions.​

Questions? Contact:

Master Brewers Association of the Americas
3285 Northwood Circle, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55121
Telephone: +1.651.454.7250
Fax: +1.651.454.0766

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