North Island College enrolling students now for its Craft Brewing and Malting program in September
For the past three years, I’ve been fortunate to be a Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials instructor at Simon Fraser University. However, that program has now run its course and won’t be back anytime soon.
Last year, I was approached by North Island College in Comox to help build a new Craft Brewing and Malting program from scratch.
I wanted to make sure this new program had a strong practical element, and access to a commercial brewing operation so students could learn to brew hands-on (as well as to clean and malt barley). Unfortunately, the COVID-19 situation has forced us to split the program into two sections.
The online courses start this September, three evenings per week (with the hands-on course moved to 2021). This means that anyone could take this year’s courses, not just local Islanders.
There have been lots of challenges in designing the course, but I have found it to be rewarding and educational. Craft malting, in particular, seems to me like the next big thing in brewing. I had been looking forward to moving to Comox to teach the course—and I still hope to—but in the meantime, I’ll be teaching from home.
For information about the course check out North Island College online:
- BRW-010 Beer and Brewing Basics
- BRW-020 Introduction to Brewing Equipment Operation
- BRW-030 Recipe Development and Quality Control
- BRW-040 The Biology and Chemistry of Brewing
- BRW-050 Malting Fundamentals
- BRW-060 The Business of Craft Brewing
Virtual online classes are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30-9:30 pm, beginning in early September.