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Brewing Science and Brewery Operations A.A.S.

Part scientist, part artist… a good brewer strives for nothing less than excellence. Learn how to brew beer at the Brewing Academy of Montana.

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 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 determined
  • 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 jbyers@fvcc.edu to learn more about FVCC’s Brewing Science & Brewery Operations program.” – Joe Byers, Director, Brewing Program

  • Interested? We would love to be in touch with you!


Student Support Center Advisor

Russ Lamson

LRC 129

(406) 756-3885

Faculty Advisor

Joe Byers

RH 118

(406) 756-4359


For general information, contact the Admissions Office: (406) 756-3847.