The 360-Degree Brewer
An opportunity to take your brewing knowledge to the next level.
In hands-on, concise night and weekend courses, craft brewers will learn about brewing, fermentation, the science, entrepreneurialism, small business marketing, OSHA, electrical wiring, equipment maintenance, repair and more.
As a craft brewer you need a passion for beer, but beyond that you need the skills that breweries are looking for to focus that passion as an effective employee. Nash Community College and the Rocky Mount Brewmill offer this path to a career in craft beer.
Know what you are doing:
- Fermentation from alcohol to yeast management
- Chemistry from cleaning chemicals to flavor compounds
- Microbiology from biofilms to brettanomyces
- Entrepreneurialism from a dream to a concept
- Marketing from web to weddings
Know how to do it:
- Electrical Systems from electrical meters to PLC programming
- Plumbing from glycol piping to project planning
- Stainless Steel Welding of industrial gases and stainless tubing
- Equipment Maintenance from preventing to repairing
- OSHA Safety from protecting yourself to compliance
(Effective Spring 2015 - Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)
This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry. Classroom instruction, practical laboratory applications of brewing, distillation and fermentation principles and practices are included in the program of study.
Course work in brewing, distillation and fermentation includes production, operations, safety and sanitation, and associated process technologies. Related course work is offered in fermentation production, safety and sanitation, applied craft beverage microbiology, agriculture, marketing, management, equipment, packaging, and maintenance.
Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry. Students may be eligible to sit for the professional Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) certification exams which correspond to the program of study.
Students must be 21 years of age or older to enroll in the BDF program.