Training & Courses
There’s more to making a great tasting beer than throwing barley and hops together in a vat; craft brewing is a science, albeit a tasty one. With the number of craft breweries in Canada increasing at a rapid rate, the demand for trained brewers is growing.
In Canada, there are currently two colleges and one university offering diplomas in brewing and brewery operations*:
OLDS COLLEGE, ALBERTA
KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, BRITISH COLUMBIA
CANADIAN MALTING BARLEY TECHNICAL CENTRE – MALT ACADEMY
Brewers Association - Training & Courses
Summer Internship Program
Did you know that Manitoba brewer Half Pints Brewing Co. has an intern program? Each year, the brewery hires one to two students for a paid summer internship. To qualify, students must be enrolled in a recognized brewing program (such as the programs at Niagara College, Olds College or Kwantlen Polytechnic University), from Manitoba, and in between their first and second year of program studies.
Students chosen for the internship will get a full working knowledge of all aspects of the brewery including recipe design, brewhouse operations, bottling, delivery and everything else in between. This has proven to be an invaluable opportunity for students studying brewing/brewery operations and a great way to gain first-hand working experience in a busy and successful brewery.
The call for resumes for the Half Pints Summer Internship program takes place each year in early February through their website www.halfpintsbrewing.com.
Like craft brewing, craft distilling is an art. If you are looking to produce spirits, there are courses and workshops offered in Canada that will provide valuable information about the distillation process*:
The Canadian Craft Distilling Institute, British Columbia
American Distilling Institute, USA
*Please note: This is only a listing - not an endorsement - of some of the courses/workshops available for those interested in craft brewing and distilling. If you are interested in furthering your education in these areas, we encourage you to research which program is the best fit for you and your interests.