Part scientist, part artist… a good brewer strives for nothing less than excellence.
FVCC’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Brewing Science & Brewery Operations prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing craft brewing industry. Through a combination of classroom lecture and hands-on experience, students learn about the chemistry and microbiology of producing beer and the business aspects of operating a brewery. Students will have exclusive use of the 3.5 barrel campus brewery for laboratory sections.
This degree can be obtained in four semesters, including a professional internship.
- Graduates of this program may work as assistant brewers, laboratory technicians, quality assurance technicians or brewing equipment operators.
- Today’s brewing companies prefer to hire employees with both practical experience and a degree in brewing.
- Montana ranks 4th in the nation for craft breweries per legal-drinking-age capita, according to a 2015 report by the Brewers Association.
- Craft beer sales comprise nearly 13 percent of the overall beer sales in the U.S. (Brewer’s Association 2015)
Qualities of a Successful Brewer:
- Competence in math and science, with a creative imagination
- Mechanical aptitude
- Patient, passionate and perseverant
- Strong listening and communication skills
- Diligent record-keeper and innovative problem-solver
“I want you to make really good beer. Contact me at (406) 756-4359 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about FVCC’s Brewing Science & Brewery Operations program.” – Joe Byers, Director, Brewing Program