​​​​​​​​Brewing and Malting Science Course​​​​​​​​​

Virtual: September 9 - October 21, 2022
In-person: October 24 - 28, 2022​ (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Course Overview

In this course, students will benefit from the experience and wisdom of more than 20 sub​ject matter experts (SMEs) in the field of brewing and malting. SMEs will focus instruction on the technical side of the brewing and malting process.

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

Course Topics: 

  • Life Sciences for Brewers: Water, brewing microbiology, yeast
  • Malting: Malting barley, malt plant operations, malt analyses, specialty malts, flavor and aroma
  • Hops: Hop production, pellets, extracts, dry hopping
  • Safety: Cleaning & sanitizing, workplace health and safety, food safety
  • Brewery: Design and operations, automation, cellar operations, filtration, effluent management
  • Wort: Milling, mashing, lautering, boiling, aeration
  • Sensory: Flavor stability, beer sensory
  • Alternative Beverages: Seltzers, N.A., and cannabis in beer

​Course Outcomes:

  • ​A greater understanding of the scientific principles and operational understanding and guidelines associated with the main disciplines within brewing and malting. 
  • Greater confidence in troubleshooting problems that arise in the brewing process. 
  • Build a network of support within the brewing industry.
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 brewing and malting. 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 & malting processes and equipment.
  • 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.​

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. 

  • ​​​​Mas​ks 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 (Wask that you take time off from your job to participate in the live discussion sessions.)
  • ​​​​Travel to Madison, WI. Plan to arrive on Sunday, October 23 late afternoon and depart on the morning of Saturday, October 29.​
  • Participate in collaborative learning, demonstrations, networking, and tours. 

2022 Course Schedule ​

Click here to view the detailed 2022 Course Schedule


​​Tuition includes printable educational mat​erials 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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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 Hilton Garden Inn. Cancellations received by Master Brewers Headquarters on or before August 12, 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 August 12, 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 August 12, 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
E-mail: mbaa@mbaa.com


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