Becoming A Professional Brewer

Every other day, I get messages on the ToF Social Media channels from people who want to become brewers and quite often brewers who are looking for work.

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I try and answer everyone’s messages but sometimes it’s difficult to do so. I run the blog and Social Media Channels myself and that’s a heavy workload in addition to the consulting and events I do.

There are a couple of paths you can take to become a brewer and unlike other professions, there is no real age cut off as long as you’re in good enough physical health to brew.

So, what’s it like being a brewer?

Take a look at this teacher who switched careers


Basic Background:

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  • Science (Physics/Biology/Chemistry) & Mathematics required. This could be at 11th & 12th grade or 9th and 10th grade level depending on the institution. In short, you’ll need a science and mathematics background.
  • Homebrewing – It helps if you have experience brewing at home. There are several people I know who have entered the professional world of brewing after starting as homebrewers and then either going on for further brewing education or interning at a local brewery and working their way up.

Educational Choices:

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India

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VSI Sugar Institute, Pune

Degree M.S.C Wine, Brewing & Alcohol Technology (WBAT)

http://www.vsisugar.com/india/academics/contents_wine_technology.htm

Contact:

VASANTDADA SUGAR INSTITUTE
Manjari Budruk, Tal.: Haveli, Dist.: Pune
Maharashtra State, India, Pin – 412307
Telephone:
EPABX: – 91–020–26902100 (Hunting 15 Lines)
Fax: – 91–020–26902244
Website: – http://www.vsisugar.com
Email: –
vsilib@vsnl.com (VSI Communications/ Administration)
webmaster@vsisugar.com (Webmaster, VSI)


UK

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Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh | Scotland

Bachelor’s Degree – Brewing & Distilling , BSc (Hons)

https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/uk/undergraduate/brewing-and-distilling.htm

Contact:

Admissions Office

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Brewlab, Sunderland | UK

Various Courses Available – Short & Long 

https://www.brewlab.co.uk/courses

Contact:

Brewlab Training Services

Unit 1 West Quay Court
Sunderland Enterprise Park
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR5 2TE

Tel: +44 (0)191 6407 609

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Institute of Brewing & Distilling, London| UK

Various Courses Available – Short & Long 

https://www.ibd.org.uk/about-us/

Contact:

Institute Of Brewing and Distilling,

44A Curlew Street,

Butler’s Wharf,

LondonSE1 2ND

+44 (0) 207499 8144


Europe

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VLB Berlin | Germany

Bachelor/Master of Science “Brewing and Beverage Technology

https://www.vlb-berlin.org/en/university-courses

Contact:

https://www.vlb-berlin.org/en/contact

USA

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Siebel Institute Of Technology, Chicago | USA

Various Courses Available – Short & Long 

https://www.siebelinstitute.com/

Contact:

SIEBEL INSTITUTE
OF TECHNOLOGY

900 N North Branch Street
Suite 1N

Chicago, Illinois, 60642

United States of America

Phone:

+1 (312) 255 0705

Fax:

+1 (312) 255 1312

info@siebelinstitute.com

UC DAvis

 

University of California – Davis Extension | Sacramento | USA

Various Courses Available – Short & Long 

https://extension.ucdavis.edu/areas-study/brewing

Contact:

Administrative Offices

1333 Research Park Dr.
Davis, CA 95618

(530) 757-8777

https://extension.ucdavis.edu/contact


 

How ToF Can Assist:

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There are several brewers across the country who have graduated from some of the institutions above. I’m in touch with quite a few of these folks from across the country. Some still reside abroad.

If you are serious about becoming a brewer and need to contact some of these folks, please fill out the contact sheet on the blog and I will get back to you in the earliest time possible.

https://talesoffroth.com/contact/

I wish you all luck in pursuing a qualification within the brewing industry.  Don’t choose brewing because you’re after the money, pursue the courses because of your passion for Beer and never lose sight of that goal!

Cheers & Stay Frothy!

JJ The Keg


All Images Courtesy: Tales Of Froth, VSI Pune, Heriot Watt, IBD London, VLB Berlin & Siebel, UC Davis.

 

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