Full course description
About the Course
This is for all seven (7) courses in the Certificate in Essentials of Brewery Operations courses.
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. Anyone over the age of 21 years of age may participate. Full Program Cost: $1600 + $115 Lab fees.
Fall 2018 Dates
- Class 1: World Beer Styles and Sensory Analysis: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
- Class 2: US Beer and Craft Beer Styles, Trends and History: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
- Class 3: Beer Ingredients and Their Impact on Brewing: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
- Class 4: Brewhouse Equipment and Operations: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
- Class 5: Fermentation and Cellaring Operations: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
- Class 6: Packaging and Quality Control: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
- Class 7: Brewery, Tap House & Bar Operations and Legal Issues: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
About the Instructor
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.