2022 Brewery Packaging Technology Course
Virtual: February 11 – March 25, 2022In-person: March 27 – April 3, 2022 (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
In this course, students will benefit from the experience and wisdom of more than 20 subject matter experts (SMEs) in the field of packaging technology. Students will strengthen their technical knowledge as SMEs step them through all phases of the packaging process. This course is packed with practical tips and resources that can be used in the brewery right away.
As a “hybrid" course, students will learn, discuss, and interact with instructors and classmates virtually for six weeks, and then gather in person for 4 days of collaborative learning, demonstrations, and tours at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
- Safety & Cleaning: Packaging safety, food safety, cleaning & sanitation, pasteurization
- The Package: Bottles, crowns, can and end, double seam, kegs
- Labels: Bottle labels, labeling operations, sleeved and labeled cans
- Brewery operations: Line design, conveyors, palletizing, coding, packing and unpacking, maintenance department best practices,
- Quality: Package inspection, quality management systems, flavor effects of packaging material
- Data management
- Increased understanding of the scientific principles and operational guidelines associated with beer packaging.
- Actionable plans and resources to improve their brewery packaging systems.
- A network of industry contacts for continuing the exchange of ideas and problem-solving after the course is over.
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 Fridays 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.
- Both the virtual and in-person components of the course are required.
- You will be required to submit proof of COVID vaccination (2 doses) at the time of registration. (See details on the Health and Safety page.)
- Masks may be required in the in-person portion, depending on the venue requirements at the time.
- 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
For a full list of topics, dates, and subject matter experts participating in this year's course view the course schedule.
Tuition includes printable educational materials and job-aids, on-site and virtual tours, networking & relationship-building opportunities, accommodations 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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Master Brewers Course Scholarships are available. Click the button below to view eligibility requirements and apply online.
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 Hilton Garden Inn. Cancellations received by Master Brewers Headquarters on or before February 4, 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 February 4, 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 February 4, 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.
Recommended ResourceBeer Packaging, Second Edition,
is the first comprehensive book on the beer packaging process since the early 1980s. This thorough, one-of-a-kind guide and reference represents the many new innovations and best practices developed since MBAA published the best-selling first edition. It is a must-have resource for all of today’s brewers up and down the production line, and includes perspectives for both the small craft brewers and those managing small scale pilot runs for large breweries averaging more than 10 million barrels per year. Learn more.
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