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About the Brewing Program

***In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the UC San Diego Extension Brewing Program is transitioning as many courses to a remote format as possible. Please see the certificate matrix for course offerings or contact brewing@ucsd.edu. Courses listed as "Live Online" will include synchronous (live) remote lessons each week using our Zoom conferencing system. "Online" classes will be comprised of weekly pre-recorded lectures and guided assignments from the instructor. Both course types include communication access to the instructor and classmates.***

From just eight craft breweries in the U.S. in 1980 to over 8,000 nationwide today, craft and microbrewing has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry. San Diego is contributing to the growth of the brewing trade with over one hundred fifty local breweries in operation and more in the planning stages. The key to a career in this thriving business is to gain the training and knowledge necessary to excel in this specialized field.

Brewers bring expertise from a diverse array of fields including engineering, chemistry, microbiology, physics and business, and must be able to apply that knowledge on a daily basis. The UC San Diego Extension Brewing certificate curriculum provides students with the technical skill and knowledge to select raw materials, produce wort, manage yeast and fermentation processes, and finish and package the product, all to the highest industry standards. The elective coursework is customizable for students based on career goals and/or personal interests.

Taught by leading professional brewers and other industry experts, the UC San Diego Extension Brewing Certificate is a part-time, evening and weekend program that offers academic and practical training for entry-level brewing professionals. The certificate can be completed in 12-18 months and students may take as many classes as fit their schedule. Tuition is paid per course at the time they are taken.

All elective courses, with the exception of the Brewing Internship, are open to the public. An application and prerequisite coursework are not required to enroll in any elective course.

  • Flexibility to take courses at your own pace
  • Courses offered during the evenings and weekends
  • Gain analytical and practical training in the classroom and in local breweries throughout San Diego
  • Career-oriented course content designed to provide fundamental brewing skills for an entry-level position in a craft brewery
  • Network with leading industry professionals and students from diverse backgrounds

The Professional Certificate in Brewing is issued upon completion of the total number of required credit units (26 quarter units). The approximate cost of the program is $5,495 - $5,785 (includes course fees, certificate enrollment fee, and textbooks; and is dependent on which elective courses are chosen). Fees are paid incrementally as students enroll in courses rather than up front. Course fees and schedules are subject to change.

Format: In-Person, Online, Live Online

Estimated Cost: $5,495 - $5,785

includes course fees, certificate enrollment fee, and textbooks; and is dependent on which elective courses are chosen

Contact
Department
Science & Technology
Phone
858-534-6702
Email
brewing@ucsd.edu

Courses

Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid

Find out more about the program in a free, online information session.

Brewing Certificate Information SessionINFO-70051

Units: 0.00

Free

Get an introduction to Extension s Professional Certificate in Brewing during this free online information session. This presentation will cover the application process, course information and instruc...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

The Science and Technology of Brewing - Application required to enroll

Overview of Brewing Science and TechnologyBREW-40000

Units: 1.00

TBD

Get an overview of craft brewing on an industrial scale, from raw materials through finished product. Learn technical brewing terminology for equipment and processing. Throughout the course, the scien...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Raw Materials and MaltingBREW-40001

Units: 3.00

TBD

Discover the vital details in the selection and processing of the key raw materials of beer water, a starch source such as grain, hops, and yeast as well as the ins and outs of grain handling and malt...

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Winter

Wort Production & Recipe FormulationBREW-40002

Units: 2.00

TBD

Knowing how to customize the fermentability and body of beer is a key component in producing a quality brew. Get the essential details in the process of preparing, on an industrial scale, malted grain...

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Winter

Yeast & Fermentation ProcessesBREW-40003

Units: 3.00

$545

Fermentation determines both the alcohol content and the level of carbonation in beer production. Learn the professional-scale standards and practices key to producing beer from wort by fermentation w...

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Fall

Finishing PracticesBREW-40004

Units: 3.00

$495

Finishing involves the control of beer maturation, the filtration of particulates such as yeast, equilibrium in carbonation, and the packaging, kegging or bottling of beer. Study the science, technolo...

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Summer

Sensory Evaluation and Beer StylesBREW-40005

Units: 3.00

TBD

Effective sensory analysis is essential both to correct flaws in raw materials and in the brewing process, and to control the ingredients and process to produce various outcomes and styles, such as la...

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Fall, Winter

Technology of BrewingBREW-40006

Units: 3.00

TBD

Knowing how brewing equipment is conceived of and constructed, as well as the engineering principles important in successful commercial brewing, enables brewers to evaluate engineering proposals and d...

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Fall

Courses open to the public

Food Pairings and Beer DinnersBREW-40013

Units: 1.00

TBD

The craft brewer combines the connoisseurship of the gourmet, the scientific, technical and business sophistication of the tech entrepreneur, and the awareness of the value of a local, sustainable com...

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Spring

Brewing Recipe FormulationBREW-40018

Units: 2.00

TBD

Like most forms of cooking, making beer requires a recipe to get started. From obtaining ingredients, measuring correct quantities for different size batches, and using the proper techniques to achiev...

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Winter

Marketing and Distribution for BreweriesBREW-40009

Units: 2.00

$395

Craft beer production in the United States has expanded from just eight breweries in 1980 to over 8,000 today. Learning how to drive awareness and engage consumers in your brewing business is a vital ...

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Typically Offered:

Fall

Barrel AgingBREW-40014

Units: 1.00

$295

Aging beer in barrels that have been used previously to age red wines such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir rather than storing in stainless steel or aluminum kegs achieves a range of soph...

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Spring

Introduction to Mead MakingBREW-40023

Units: 1.00

$295

Mead, or honey wine, is the world s oldest alcoholic beverage. Characterized by the use of honey as the primary fermentable sugar, mead has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. This...

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Fall, Spring

Draught Beer Systems Operation and MaintenanceBREW-40019

Units: 2.00

TBD

Learn the proper procedures for installing, maintaining, and dispensing beer through a draught system. Hands-on instruction will provide guidance in temperature and storage, handling nitrogen and carb...

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Winter

Brewery SafetyBREW-40017

Units: 2.00

TBD

The focus of this course will be the identification, evaluation, and control of safety and health hazards in the brewing industry. Understanding general categories of hazards, learning to recognize th...

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Winter

Brewery Operations and Financial ManagementBREW-40016

Units: 3.00

TBD

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution nearly 300 years ago, the practice of finding the most efficient and effective way to utilize materials and labor in the production of quality products...

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Winter

The Origins and History of BeerBREW-40012

Units: 2.00

$395

It has been argued that the discovery of beer and bread are responsible for our ability to advance technology and develop civilization over the last eight thousand years. Explore the social and cultur...

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Summer

Brewing InternshipBREW-40021

Units: 3.00

TBD

A hands-on elective in the Brewing Certificate, the 90-hour internship provides students with the opportunity for practical learning and application of recently acquired skills in a variety of breweri...

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Ballast Point Brewing for Diversity Scholarship

We are excited to continue our partnership with Ballast Point to award the second annual Brewing for Diversity scholarship to a new or current brewing certificate student. This scholarship seeks to promote diversity and inclusion in the brewing community and foster a skilled and diverse generation of brewing professionals. Along with a full tuition scholarship toward completion of the Professional Certificate in Brewing, the recipient will also have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience through an internship with Ballast Point as a capstone to the program.

We encourage applicants who have demonstrated leadership in their community, industry, and/or school and strive to promote a diverse, inclusive, and equitable society. We also seek individuals who desire to positively impact the brewing industry and champion for a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will have the opportunity to share their story and demonstrate these qualities in a 500-1000 word Brewing for Diversity prompt at the end of the certificate application. Finalists will be contacted by a UC San Diego Extension Program Manager to set up an interview with a scholarship committee comprised of members from UC San Diego Extension, Ballast Point, and the Inclusion Committee of the San Diego Brewer's Guild.

The scholarship application window is open now through May 2022. The second annual Brewing for Diversity scholarship recipient will be announced at the end of May.  

Apply for Scholarship

 
  • New and current brewing certificate students are eligible to apply.
  • New students will need to create a MyExtension account, submit a completed certificate application with a 500-1000 word scholarship essay, and be accepted to the brewing certificate program to be eligible.
  • Current brewing certificate students should contact a Program Manager at brewing@ucsd.edu if interested in applying.
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and complete the certificate within a set timeframe. Other terms and conditions may apply.

Prerequisites

All students must be at least 21 years of age.

For acceptance to the UC San Diego Extension Professional Certificate in Brewing, and to any of the required science and technology courses for the Certificate, students must have adequate preparation in the following areas, as evidenced by official high school and/or college transcripts:

Pre-calculus: the most advanced mathematics course before a calculus course may be taken.
And relevant preparation in at least two of the following four areas:

  • Biological sciences: general biology, microbiology, cell physiology or biochemistry
  • Chemistry: general chemistry, organic, inorganic or analytical
  • Physics: heat and mechanics or process control
  • Engineering: topics in mechanical or chemical engineering only.

Practical brewing experience is a plus, but is not required for acceptance to the program.

Important Note Regarding Prerequisites

All prerequisite courses must have passing grades (C- or better).  Related or equivalent professional experience may be considered in lieu of the prerequisites.  Please contact the Brewing Program with any questions.  

Electronic official transcripts can be emailed from the educational institution to brewing@ucsd.edu. Hard copy official transcripts should be mailed (USPS) to:

UC San Diego Extension Brewing Program
c/o Kyle Wiskerchen
9500 Gilman Dr. MC 0170T
La Jolla, CA 92093-0170

For the delivery services only address (i.e. UPS, FedEx), please email brewing@ucsd.edu.

Applications for Summer 2021

Applications are now being accepted for admission in June 2021. To be considered for this cohort, submit your application and official transcripts listing prerequisite coursework with passing grades using the instructions above. There is no deadline to apply as space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will receive a notification when their application is complete (online application and transcripts received) and will be notified of acceptance within three weeks of submission.

To view the status of your application: please refer to the My Applications section of your My Extension account.

All prerequisite and elective courses are open to the public. No application is required to enroll. Students must be 21 years old before the first class meeting.

Special Notes

All elective courses, with the exception of the Brewing Internship, are open to the public. An application and prerequisite coursework are not required to enroll in any other elective course.

Advisory Board

Arlan Arnsten

Former Senior VP of Sales

Stone Brewing Co.

Justinian Caire

Head Brewer

Buzzrock Brewing Co

Rick Chapman

President

Coronado Brewing

Lee Chase

Brewmaster

Automatic Brewing Co

Gwen Conley

Director of Quality

Cutwater Spirits

Jim Crute, PhD

Founder

Lightning Brewery

Matt Johnson

Head Brewer

Karl Strauss Brewing

Betsy Komives, PhD

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

UC San Diego

Stephen Lawler

Owner

Porter's Taps and Ribs

Alex McKean

President

McKean Financial Consulting

Marty Mendiola

Brewmaster

Second Chance Beer Company

Chris White, PhD

President

White Labs

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This certificate requires an application prior to taking any required courses; all electives are open to the public and can be applied toward the completion of the certificate. Students will be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.