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WFD&CE Career Development

Fall 2021 Community Education Career Development Courses

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Introduction to Craft Brewing and Distilling

September 7 – December 15
Mondays and Wednesdays
6:30-9 p.m.
CRN# 90911
CFP 215-01 
Fee: $1,750 - Fee is inclusive of tuition, books and lab fees.

This class will be located at Frog Alley Brewing Company, 108 State St., Schenectady, N.Y. 12305
Financial assistance available for qualified candidates. 

This course provides a basic understanding of brewing and distillation skills, working in a manufacturing environment, safety, and microbiology. Topics covered include: brewing science, beer maturation and storage, beer processing and packaging, quality and process control, plant safety and sanitation, malting, mashing, brewing, fermentation, finishing, and distillation basics. This course will consist of lecture and lab training in the classroom and at regional breweries. In addition to directed studies, students will enhance their brewing knowledge through assigned reading and writing exercises and visits to local breweries. The goal of this course is to provide a pool of trained, entry level brewers in the growing craft beer industry. This course is developed and overseen by regional breweries and distillers. Students must be 18 years of age or older. For more information, please contact Maria Kotary at 518-595-1101, ext. 4 or