IUPUI Essentials of Brewery Operations Certificate

Sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management


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Presented by IUPUI Tourism, Conventions and Event Management and the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement. The IUPUI Essentials of Brewery Operations Certificate was created due to the rapid global growth of the craft beer business.

In the United States alone, craft beer production has grown from 11 million barrels in 2011 to an estimated 25 million in 2015. There are currently nearly 4,000 craft breweries in the US, up from approximately 1,800 in 2011. As of June 2015, another 1,800 breweries were in the planning stages. Over 115,000 workers are employed in the US craft beer industry, as well as, over 400,000 when counting related and in-direct jobs. Tens of thousands of new brewery workers will be needed to meet this growth, requiring specialized training and education in this growing professional industry.

Located in Indianapolis and the center of the Mid West, this unique executive education certificate program will quickly become one of the best of its type in the country. Participants completing the seven course program will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Certificate Structure, Cost and Dates

The certificate program is designed in seven one-day classes. The executive training will be held from 8:00am-5:00pm on class days. The total certificate is 56 hours of class training.

Any class can be taken individually, BUT the certificate is designed to be taken in the order
presented.  There will be some references to material learned in prior classes throughout the seven course series. Anyone over the age of 21 years of age may participate. Participants are not required to be an IUPUI student and no pre-requisites are required. All classes will be held at Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center for advanced work on brewery equipment and beer processing.

The program cost: $1,715.00

2018 Courses:

Class 1: World Beer Styles and Sensory Analysis

Class 2: US Beer & Craft Beer Styles, Trends and History

Class 3: Beer Ingredients and Their Impact on Brewing

Class 4: Brewhouse Equipment and Operations

Class 5: Fermentation and Cellaring Operations

Class 6: Packaging and Quality Control

Class 7: Brewery, Tap House & Bar Operations and Legal Issues

Instructor Bio

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Ron Smith – Master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Judge, Certified Cicerone®, Beer & Brewing Educator, Craft Brewery Consultant, and European Beer Trip Guide

Ron has been homebrewing, judging beer, and supporting the craft beer movement for over 25 years.  He has taught a Beer Styles and Sensory Analysis class at IUPUI for over six years, and continues to teach about all aspects of beer, brewing, ingredients, processes, styles, off-flavors, judging, beer and food pairing, and many more topics in private classes for breweries, distributors, and others.  He routinely consults with craft brewers on stylistic, quality and technical issues.

Ron got involved in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) in the early 2000’s and started conducting study groups and technical sessions to train others how to evaluate and judge beer.  He ascended through the BJCP ranks and is currently a Master level judge (only approximately 120 of the 5,500 judges are ranked at the Master or Grand Master level).

Ron was also one of the first 100 Certified Cicerones® in the world.  A Cicerone® is to the beer world what a Sommelier is to the wine world (except not all Sommeliers are actually tested).  He has attended numerous educational seminars presented by many of the leaders of the craft beer industry, and has traveled throughout Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic, learning first-hand about the beers, brewing history and culture in those countries.  Ron also leads Beer Tour Groups on incredible journeys through Germany and Belgium.

Notably, he has won numerous awards, including Best of Show at the Indiana Brewer’s Cup, a large national competition, and a Gold Medal in the American Homebrewers Association’s (AHA) National Homebrew Competition (NHC), which is the largest homebrewing competition in the world.

Click HERE to register for the certificate program.


For more information about this program, please contact Sara Griffin, Assistant Director for Outreach and Corporate Education, samgrif@iupui.edu.

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