Brewing and Malting Science Course Frequently Asked Questions​​

​FAQ Topics

​Beer Donation Attire
What does tuition include? ​Luggage for take-home items
What doesn't tuition include? ​Smoking
Transportation to the Course​ Weather in Madison
​Class Hours Extra Cash
​Master Brewers Apparel and Products ​Contact Master Brewers with more questions

I've heard that I can donate beer to the course. Is this true?

Yes! It is course tradition for students to supply beer for consumption during the course. Shipments should be sent to the Lowell Center following the labeling instructions below. Beer can be shipped at any time, and the Lowell Center will store it until the course begins. Typically students have supplied 2-3 cases per student.

Students from outside the United States are urged to check beer with their baggage on the plane or have it shipped to the Lowell Center through a local distributor. If this is not possible, enlist your company's custom broker to ship the beer to your attention at the Lowell Center and bill shipping charges to your brewery, NOT Master Brewers or the university. The beer must be marked "NOT FOR RESALE."
Ship to:
Lowell Center
University of Wisconsin
610 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703
Hold for: MBAA Brewing and Malting Science Course

What is included with tuition?

Overnight accommodations at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus are included with the tuition fee for the opening night on Sunday through the closing night on Thursday of the following week. Check in begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Check out is 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Luggage can be stored at the front desk for those individuals whose transportation leaves later.
Accommodation requests for early arrival or late departure should be made by contacting the Lowell Center directly at +1.608.256.2621 or You are responsible for paying for any additional room nights.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to take the IBD exam on the Friday following the course and need an extra room night, you must contact the Lowell Center to make arrangements. The exam should conclude by 11:00 a.m. on Friday.
Two Meals per Day During Instruction Times
The Lowell Center provides an opening and closing reception/dinner. All breakfasts and lunches on days students attend class are provided, except on the final day, when only a continental breakfast is provided.
Educational Materials
Students will receive all applicable lecture materials.
Tours are currently being arranged for this offering.
Laundry pickup is available on request, or a washer and dryer can be made available by inquiring at the front desk. Towels and bedding will be provided.

What is not included in tuition?

IBD Exam
The IBD Exam is NOT a part of course tuition. If you have questions about the exam, please contact IBD directly at or Master Brewers only proctors the exam. IBD handles all application questions.​ Seats are limited to the first 10 who apply.

Transportation to and from Madison is at your own cost. See the next question for additional information on transportation. 
If you bring a car, you may obtain a parking permit at the Lowell Center Front Desk. There may be a fee for parking. Parking without a permit may result in your car being ticketed or towed.
Meals Outside of Class Time
Evening meals, as well as meals on nonscheduled class days, are not included. However, campus cafeterias and restaurants are accessible by car, cab, and foot. Some fast-food restaurants will deliver to the Lowell Center.
Special Interests
Athletic passes for use of the gym, swimming pool, and tennis court facilities are available. There is also an adjacent trail for persons who wish to walk or run. Medical facilities are available should the need arise.

How do I get to the course?

Transportation to and from Madison is at your own cost. Please keep in mind that Madison is served by Northwest, United, and several smaller commuter airlines. The airport serving Madison is the Dane County Regional Airport. The airport is 6 miles from the Lowell Center, and cab fare is estimated at $15.00.

Driving directions to the Lowell Center are available at

For attendees who may be traveling into larger airports, the following are estimated distances:
Chicago O'Hare International, Chicago, Illinois, 135 miles, 2.5-hour drive.
General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 87 miles, 1 hour 45-minute drive. 

When are the class times?

Classes will be held at the Pyle Center, which is located within walking distance of the Lowell Center. Classes begin at scheduled times. As a courtesy to our instructors and other students, please adhere to the class schedule. Below is a  basic course schedule*. 

*Schedule is tentative and subject to change

6:00 p.m. Registration and Welcome Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Class
1:00 p.m. -  5:15 p.m. Tour
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Class
2:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tour
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner
Check out by 11:00 a.m.


What should I wear?

Dress is comfortable (casual) for classroom attendance and business attire for the banquets.

I've heard that I should leave room in my luggage for take-home materials How much space should I plan for?

This is no longer necessary. Course materials used to consist of two large three-ring binders, but these have now been condensed down to a USB drive. We do recommend a little space for potential book purchases, and shipping services are available. Any shipping is at the student's expense.

Is smoking allowed?

The University of Wisconsin, Madison, facilities are all non-smoking. If you wish to smoke, you must do so in the appropriate areas outside.

What's the weather like in Madison, Wisconsin?

Weather in Wisconsin during the autumn and winter months can vary unexpectedly. The temperature may be anywhere from 24°F (-4°C) to 46°F (8°C). Be prepared for rain, sleet, snow, or shine.

I want to bring spending money. What do you recommend?

Be sure to bring U.S. currency with you in denominations of $5, $10, and $20 bills, as the University of Wisconsin, some cabs, and/or restaurants may not accept denominations larger than a $20 bill. Traveler's checks are acceptable and recommended in small denominations.

I've planned to bring extra spending money. Will I be able to purchase Master Brewers Merchandise at the course?

Definitely! There will be Master Brewers items available for purchase onsite as well as catalogs so you can submit your order, and, in most cases, have your products before you leave the course.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Master Brewers Continuing Education
3340 Pilot Knob Road
St. Paul, MN 55121
Phone: +1.651.454.7250
Fax: +1.651.454.0766

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