​Brewery Packaging Technology Course​​

April 15–27, 2018
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Course Overview

Strengthen your technical knowledge of brewery packaging operations. This two-week course will take you through all phases of the brewery packaging process. More than 30 topics are covered in-depth!
This course is perfect for professionals working in or supporting the brewing industry who are interested in increasing their overall effectiveness on the job. Those new to the industry will also gain a quicker start to success with the information and background provided in this comprehensive course.

Read the full course description here​.


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Course FAQs


Master Brewers Member: $4,345
Course + Membership: $4,489
Nonmember: $4,745
By registering for the Brewery Packaging Technology Course, you guarantee that you are 21 years of age or older.

Tuition Includes:

  • Educational materials
  • Accommodations at the class site (Check-in on April 15, Check-out on April 27)
  • Two meals per day during instruction times
  • Opening and closing banquets
  • Tours

Course Schedule:
Course schedule subject to change. 2018_MBAA_PackagingSchedule.pdfDownload 2018 schedule.

Week One

Week Two

Monday, April 16

  • Class Introduction, Case Study Team Assignments
  • PET Bottles for Beer Packaging
  • Glass Bottle Manufacturing and Quality Control
  • Two-Piece Aluminum Can and End Manufacturing
  • Can Double-Seam Technology

Tuesday, April 17

  • Beer Filling Technology
  • Microfiltration of Beer
  • Small Scale Packaging Systems
  • Bottle Crown Manufacturing and Crowning Operations

Wednesday, April 18

  • Single-Valve Keg Packaging
  • Bottle Labels
  • Roman Artz, Inland Packaging
  • Labeling Operations and Troubleshooting
  • Package Inspection in the Brewing Industry

Thursday, April 19

  • Tour of MillerCoors Milwaukee Brewery Packaging Center

Friday, April 20

  • General Principles for Packaging Line Design and Control
  • Package Department Maintenance Best Practices

Saturday, April 21

  • Packaging Microbiology
  • Sleeved Cans
  • Case Packing and Uncasing
  • Brewery Safety

Monday, April 23

  • Principles of Packaging Department Cleaning and Water Treatment
  • Bottle Washing, Tunnel Pasteurization/Pasteurizer Maintenance
  • Palletizing & Depalletizing Operations
  • Tour of the UW Pilot Brewery

Tuesday, April 24

  • Overview of Multipack Paperboard Production and Multipackaging Machinery
  • Operations Management Overview
  • Tour of the New Glarus Brewery

Wednesday, April 25

  • Conveyors—Types, Uses, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting
  • Designing and Implementing Quality Systems
  • Modern Package Coding Technology
  • Packaging Quality Assurance

Thursday, April 26

  • Student Team Presentations to the Class
  • Food Safety and HACCP
  • Beer Flavor Training and Effects of Packaging Materials on Beer Flavor
  • Reception—Beer Room, Lowell Center, Room 118

Friday, April 27

  • IBD General Certificate (Packaging)

Course Scholarships

Master Brewers Course Scholarships are available. View eligibility requirements and apply online. Deadline to apply is February 19, 2018.

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 March 17, 2018, will be issued a credit equal to the registration fee, less $100 processing fee, which will be good for two years toward any Master Brewers continuing education program. Notices of cancellation after March 17, 2018, 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 March 17, 2018. 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
3340 Pilot Knob Road
St. Paul, MN 55121
Telephone: +1.651.454.7250
Fax: +1.651.454.0766
E-mail: mbaa@mbaa.com