HACC unveils course for brewing school

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Brewing schools started to pop up all around the country shortly after craft beer started its tidal wave on tap systems across America. They started in places you would expect to find them. California and Chicago were the most notable areas to get a formal beer education.

Now if you want to further your brewing education you might not even have to leave your own zip code.

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Harrisburg Area Community College, which is already well known for its excellence in culinary education, will have the first formal brewing school in Harrisburg.

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The class, which is aptly named, Certification in Brewing Science, will be offered in a few different ways.

You can take the whole 32-week course that will include everything from traditional classroom lessons, practicals in labs to a guaranteed 40-hour internship at a local brewery. ($4500)


You can choose from a select number of classes that are able to take individually without full enrollment in the course. (Prices vary on what courses are taken)

The first course plan is the only way to achieve the Certificate of Brewing Science from HACC along with a possible 9-15 credits towards a business degree.

The certification includes:

  • 200 hours of instruction from HACC faculty and craft beer industry leaders
  • Cicerone Certification Testing (Level 1)
  • Brewery tours and one-on-one meetings with brewery management
  • 40-hour internship at a local participating brewery

Registration opens March 1 and will only be limited to 20-22 people. Don’t worry if you are left out on this round, because HACC plans to stagger courses with another one starting in the fall.

Classes meet between one and three times a week with the longest class clocking in around four hours. All classes start no earlier than 5 p.m. This schedule gives many people with full-time jobs to participate.

Here is the layout of the course:

  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Hospitality math
  • Microbiology of Beer
  • Off Flavor Webinar (part of cicerone course)
  • Quality control
  • Fundamentals of beer
  • Brewing engineering
  • Current trends in the beer industry
  • Cicerone certification test
  • 40-hour internship

Classes will be held a HACC campuses, both in midtown and Cameron St, at Zeroday Brwwing Company in Midtown along with other local breweries like Boneshire, ABC and Troegs.

If you’ve been putting off your dream of becoming a brewer there is now even less of an excuse with a brewing school right in your backyard.

For more information and to register for the course visit http://vc.hacc.edu/ or Holly Luke at hblukens@hacc.edu.

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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