Craftbrewer’s Apprenticeship

Program Overview

28 Week Program:

  • Practical brewing science and engineering
  • 5 weeks of real hands-on experience in a Guild-approved working brewery. We have participating brewers in every state.
  • Brewery and laboratory experience at our commercial brewery, Drop In Brewing
  • Job placement assistance
  • Limited class size

Who Should Enroll

This program is intended for seriously committed candidates who:

  • Intend to establish a career as a working brewer
  • Feel the need for practical brewing education and training as part of a plan to open a brewery of their own
  • Wish to advance to a higher position in the brewing industry


While a degree is not required for acceptance to this program, successful completion of at least one college level math course and one college level science course in the subject areas listed below are required. Applicants must be able to provide transcripts documenting the math requirement and at least one additional subject area.

  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus or Algebra

    and at least one from the following list:

  • Biological Sciences:Microbiology, Cell Physiology, or Biochemistry

  • Chemistry: General college chemistry which must include organic, inorganic and analytical

  • Physics: Heat and mechanics or process control

  • Engineering: Topics in mechanical or chemical engineering

Candidates must be able to devote 5 weeks full time to an unpaid apprenticeship in a brewery at the end of the class.

Course Objectives

The Craftbrewers Apprenticeship Program prepares candidates for positions as brewers in brewpubs and microbreweries throughout the U.S. The program combines intensive classroom instruction with hands-on brewery experience.

The 28-week program is comprised of 22 weeks of intensive formal instruction in brewing science (e.g. chemistry and microbiology) and engineering, followed by a single week spent at a working brewery, then five weeks of practical on-site training as a working brewer at a host brewery with a selected Guild approved mentor. A win-win-situation, the employers appreciate the help and the grads get a valuable chance to put their knowledge to work.

Brewers who complete the program will understand and be able to perform all operations in a brewery. A diploma will be presented to all those candidates who successfully complete the program.

The residential week is held at Drop In Brewing Company, Middlebury, VT.

Tuition includes ALL books and materials.

For the application please visit the Admissions page here

Upcoming Classes

January 2016
January 25th - August 5th
June 2016
June 13th - December 23rd
January 2017
January 23rd - August 11th
Accepting Registrations
June 2017
June 12th - December 29th
Accepting Registrations