Course Programme

The Course Programme

The Brewlab Teaching Programme

At Brewlab you learn both theory and practice with extensive hands-on brewing to provide you with confidence in your abilities. We teach you the concepts of the brewing process, the mechanics of recipe formulation and the processes necessary to produce a high-class product time after time.

Our courses deliver the knowledge required for a brewing position including raw material selection and handling, wort production, fermentation and conditioning, packaging and quality assurance. We include skills of management, marketing and sales and take you through how to design and build your brew system and avoid the mistakes made by others.

We provide you with advanced facilities for you to develop your beers on experimental and commercial scales from 30 to 400 litres and with opportunity for trial marketing in local outlets. Our brew systems include packaging in bottle, keg and cask and we have extensive laboratory resources for you to assess beer quality and character.

Brewlab tutors are all experienced brewers and accredited by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD). Our courses are accredited for Certificate and Diploma awards by One Award body and many of our students progress to achieve IBD qualifications on the basis of our instruction.

What to Expect

When you enrol on a Brewlab course we will provide you with a fully informative guide to brewing as notes and workbooks, via web resources, and in tutorials, lectures and workshops. All our professional brewing courses have access to commercial brewing for illustrations and demonstrations of techniques.

We provide you with your own brewing system for you to develop skills and to try out recipes with full support of our experienced staff and tutors. We organise placements in commercial breweries for you to see a variety of systems and meet the brewing fraternity. These placements give you a real and honest view of the life of a brewer and experience of the range of activities. Many of our students remain in touch with their placements and exchange information for their future developments.

During your course we give you personal tuition to develop your career prospects. Many of our graduates have taken positions before or soon after finishing their study. Brewlab’s reputation is well recognised both in the UK and internationally.

The Brewlab Curriculum

Your teaching programme includes theory and practical activities with a strong emphasis on the experience of brewing. The course is accredited, and on completion, you will be awarded with a Brewlab certificate based on an assessment of your understanding and brewing achievements. We have drafted the content of this particular course to fit with the requirements of the restaurant and hospitality industry, and will provide you with examples of how the skills you learn can be used to help further your career.

The content of the course includes:

• The brewing industry

• The brewing process

• Beer ingredients and recipe formulation

• Quality and laboratory analysis

• Dispense and cellar operations

• Beer flavour evaluation

• Packaging options

• Marketing and finance

Site Visits

Beyond the ‘brewers’ classroom’, site visits form an integral part of our teaching programme with field trips and experiences interspersed over the course and weekends.

To best demonstrate the breadth of the brewing industry, we include trips to independent craft breweries, brew pubs and historic family breweries which have operated for over 100 years. Visits to ingredient suppliers are also included, notably the maltsters which produce the traditional British malt with which you will brew your own beer. A tour and tasting is included at a successful Scottish distillery.

Weekend trips to Edinburgh and York provide the opportunity to explore and learn about historic British cities. Of course, no visit to the UK would be complete without experiencing an authentic British pub so whilst you are with us you will have opportunity to visit a number of our favourite establishments.

Experience Placements

Our students unanimously agree that Brewlab placements in working breweries are a real highlight of the course. More than being a popular element of the wider Brewlab experience, placements provide excellent opportunities to meet working brewers to broaden your technical knowledge and feel part of the brewing fraternity. Many students keep in contact with their placement breweries and establish long term links, exchanging information, news, advice and recipes.

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