The Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program prepares graduates for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. The program provides significant hands-on training on-site and includes specialized instruction in brewing technology, brewery operations, sales management and advanced business applications specific to beer-related or brewery-related business sectors.
The rising popularity of craft beer houses and products, specialty beer-making workshops, and beer-tasting events continues to generate rampant growth in the brewing scene and gives the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program broad spectrum appeal. The Brewmaster and Brewery Operations program targets a diverse range of enthusiasts and professionals who see this as a valuable career opportunity in a vibrant and continually growing industry.
In the two-year Brewing and Brewery Operations program, students will study the science, production and business of brewing in a state-of-the-art brew laboratory to be built on the Langley campus. The curriculum, developed in consultation with the BC Craft Brewers Guild and local brew masters, involves learning brew science theory with hands-on experience in the brew laboratory and at local breweries.
CANADIAN MALTING BARLEY TECHNICAL CENTRE – MALT ACADEMY
The Malt Academy is a unique training institute located in Winnipeg, Manitoba that offers a variety of programming related to the malting barley and malt industries. The institute’s flagship one-week intensive course in malt processing offers students hands-on instruction using a state-of-the-art 75 kg pilot Malthouse. Through this program students gain the knowledge and skills required to produce high-quality barley malt as well as a thorough understanding of how finished malt attributes impact the brewing process and beer quality. The Academy also offers a three-day program focused on the Canadian malting barley value chain.
This five day workshop is run out of Urban Distilleries in Kelowna, BC and is centered around setting up and running a craft distillery in Canada. Participants in the workshop are exposed to every facet of craft distillery operations.
Entrepreneurship Manitoba provides business counselling and advisory services, market research information, access to capital and business skills training. Unsure as to whether self-employment is a good option for you? We suggest reading the Am I an Entrepreneur? article on Entrepreneurship Manitoba’s website. In addition, the Entrepreneurship Manitoba Knowledge Centre contains resources on a variety business statistics, templates, and information on human resources management, finance, starting a business, business planning, business administration, marketing and sales.
A great place to start your journey is at Entrepreneurship Manitoba. This operating agency of Manitoba Growth, Enterprise & Trade exists to help you in starting and growing your business and offers a range of services including business counseling, financial programs, and events and seminars, just to name a few.
Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit Program (SBVCTC)
The SBVC tax credit program assists eligible small business corporations to issue new equity to primarily new investors. The SBVCTC program was amended July 29, 2015 to ensure brewpubs are eligible to participate in the program. Businesses and investors should read the Guiding Principles as well as the appropriate legislation and regulation pertaining to the Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit - see links at the bottom of the SBVC program page.
The Canada Business Network (It's all in the plan)
If you’ve never put together a business plan before, no worries! The Canada Business Network not only provides information on how to write a business plan, but also access to templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics.
Entrepreneurship Manitoba is another resource to check out when putting together your business plan. Their business consultants can review your plan to make sure that your business is viable and achievable. In addition, the agency offers a three-day Business Planning Workshop that provides training on how to start and operate a small business in Manitoba, and covers such topics as developing a business plan, registering/incorporating your business, deducting business expenses for tax purposes, and more.
The Companies Office is the place to go to register information about your corporation and business name. The office is also responsible for reviewing proposed business names to ensure that they are not confusingly similar to ones already on record in Manitoba.
Business Number (BN) Registration (Paperwork - Registering & Licensing)
The BN is a numbering system that simplifies and streamlines the way businesses deal with government. It is based on the idea of One Business, One Number.
In order to obtain a Business Number in the province of Manitoba, you must be registered with a government program area that is part of the Business Number program. If you decide to register for any one of the programs listed below, you will receive a Business Number (BN).
The Retail Sales Tax (8%) is a tax on the retail sale of goods and services. It is calculated on the selling price before the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). Your business is required to be registered for RST if you carry on business in Manitoba, selling taxable goods or services at retail; are a manufacturer in Manitoba; bring into or receive in Manitoba, taxable goods for use by your business. The Manitoba Taxation Division offers general RST workshops which provide an overview of how RST applies to goods and services and common RST errors and how they can be avoided. To register or view upcoming workshops, visit the Manitoba Taxation Division. To register for the RST, please visit TAXcess, Manitoba’s online tax service that allows business to file Retail Sales Tax electronically.
The federal GST (5%) is a tax that applies to the supply of most property and services in Canada. You must register for a GST account if you provide taxable services in Canada in the course of your commercial activity or if you no longer qualify as a small supplier. For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency.
Federal excise duties are imposed on spirits, wine, and tobacco products made in Canada under The Excise Act 2001, the federal commodity taxation system for the application of federal excise levies for alcohol and tobacco products. This includes provisions for payment, assessment and appeals, and updated enforcement provisions. Excise duties on beer continue to be imposed under The Excise Act. Locate the applicable publications relating the Excise Duty here.
The Canadian Brewing Industry website lists the regulatory framework for those in the industry. This includes links to the Food and Drugs Act, Mandatory Nutrition Labeling, the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act and more.
Did you know that LCBO will perform chemical, microbiological, physical, and sensory testing on beverage alcohol products for external clients such as manufacturers and suppliers? For more information visit the Quality Assurance page on the LCBO website for further information.
*Please note that product testing is not a licensing requirement in the province of Manitoba.
Next up is the completion of the Liquor Supplier Application form located under the Liquor Agents & Suppliers Resources section of MBLLpartners.ca where you will provide purchase order and banking information.
Now we come to the fun part – well, as fun as paperwork can be, anyway – it’s time to fill out your Liquor Product Listing Application form. On this form you will provide all your information as well as information about your product, including the full product name, your website, tasting notes, an image (bottle shot) of your product, and details about the product packaging. To help you fill out this form correctly, please review the Liquor Product Listing Application Guidelines located on the same page. Both forms can be found under the Liquor Agents & Suppliers section.
The Marketing at Retail Manual is updated annually, available on Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries' Partners website under the Liquor Marketing Manual & Applications section. In it, you will find information about every marketing program available. From Shelf Talkers to In-Store Sampling, these programs are a great way to reach new customers. Once you’ve read through the manual and decided on the marketing programs you want to take part in, you will need to complete the related application forms and submit it for consideration to Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. All marketing program applications can be found by visiting the same Liquor Agents & Suppliers page on the Partners website.
New to Marketing? The Manitoba Marketing Network provides practical marketing assistance to small businesses will help you to grow and advance your business. Services include marketing workshop series, one-on-one business counselling and a business mentoring program.
Nestled within the World Trade Centre Winnipeg is the Business InfoCentre (BIC), a one-stop shop for all entrepreneurs in Manitoba. The BIC provides entrepreneurs with guidance from business information officers, seminars and training workshops as well as personalized research.
The Canadian Brewing Awards are a national competition for judging the quality of Canadian brewed beer. Breweries of all sizes from across the country are invited to compete in a blind tasting to see who brews the best beer in a variety of style categories.