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BC College to Debut Brewing Education Program This Fall

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:

Program Curriculum

  • 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.

Download the updated Fall 2020 program schedule and the program information package.

Adam Chatburn

Adam Chatburn is a professional brewer, cellarman, educator, and past President of CAMRA Vancouver. Adam writes the View From The Cellar column for What's Brewing.

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