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Formal education
« on: October 17, 2017, 03:02:57 PM »
    Does anyone on this forum have any experience with, perspectives on or opinions about The Brewing and Distilling Center in Knoxville, TN and their program?
   As a follow on, any other concise certificate level programs that you would recommend? I realize that there are a number of 1, 2 and 4 year programs offered at various colleges and universities, and that every one seems to offer a different certificate or degree. I am looking for accelerated programs of less than 6 months.
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Re: Formal education
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 02:09:38 PM »
I don't have anything to add about the program you specified but I know there are some shorter programs out there. A small local-ish college here has started offering a much shorter program that is a basic skills class plus an internship. They work with local breweries to get people hands on experience right away. I know several people have made the jump directly into brewing jobs afterwards. I don't think that program would be much use beyond this local area but I'm sure it's not the only one out there like that.
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Re: Formal education
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 02:37:48 PM »
   And where is local for you?
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Re: Formal education
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2017, 03:47:50 AM »
I attended the American Brewers Guild in Middlebury Vermont I did the non-resident course and only had to do one week up there on the brewing equipment everything else was DVDs and web-based and I really thought that it helped me gain a more knowledge and a better understanding of larger operations Than I could get from all my homebrewing and got my foot in the door to get a job as an assistant brewer at a brewpub


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Re: Formal education
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2017, 01:13:11 PM »
I hired a guy who went to Knoxville. Seems like they cover the basics pretty well. I think that there are some online courses that you could take that would be just as good. As with all schools the education is only part of the deal. I have hired and trained 3 brewers who went off to either start other breweries or work for other breweries as head brewers across the SE. 2 out of the three received educations after they worked for me but all of their real education came on the job.

I have hired other folks with brewing education who literally didn't know jack.

Having a formal education is great because you can expect to make more money, the rest is up to work ethic.

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Re: Formal education
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2017, 03:51:27 PM »
   Thanks Major.
    One of the apparent advantages of Knoxville is proximity to a number of craft breweries, and the opportunity to gain valuable OJT experience. I expect that as you said, I'd learn more in the brewery than in the classes, but the classroom part would definitely be enhanced by putting the lessons into practical use. Especially since my old brain doesn't absorb stuff nearly as well as it used to.
   There are a number of other certificate programs which are MUCH closer, but for most the In Brewery experience opportunities are far fewer, and most require an entire school year.
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