Intermediate level Brewing Quality Control

Brewing Microbiology

Whether you are building a QC/QA course for your brewery from scratch, or you are joining an established quality control and assurance program, this course will benefit you immediately and throughout your career. Implement an effective microbiological quality control/quality assurance program in a short but intensive 5-day course duration.


The Siebel Institute Brewing Microbiology course is designed to provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to implement an effective microbiological quality control/quality assurance program.

The course will acquaint the student with the appropriate methods for biological and sanitary control within a brewery, and will promote an understanding of the essential modern-day tools for effective microbiological evaluation of process and product.

A detailed study of the microorganisms that are likely to occur during the various stages of the brewing process will be conducted, and the laboratory exercises provide opportunities to acquire skills in microbiology and microscopy. Practical work will reinforce the techniques required to isolate and identify microorganisms as well as demonstrate some of the latest developments in brewing microbiology.

About the White Labs facilities

The Siebel Institute Brewing Microbiology course is conducted at White Labs in Asheville, North Carolina, one of America’s brewing capital cities. The White Labs facility offers not only an excellent learning environment, but it also houses its own brewery and restaurant featuring wood-fired pizza and other beer-friendly foods. When students range off campus, Asheville features an eclectic downtown of 30-plus art galleries, a burgeoning culinary and beer community, a thriving live music scene, and the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.

Suggested hotel:

The Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville
15 Page Avenue
Asheville, NC, 28801

Direct link to hotel with White Labs discount code

While the White Labs complex is within walking distance to many hotels, and our recommended choice, the Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville, is located just a 20-minute walk from the White Labs facility, and located in the heart of downtown, steps away the city’s trendiest restaurants, breweries, shops, and galleries.

Note: Daily lunch from the White Labs restaurant is included in the course tuition.

White Labs location information:


White Labs Brewing Company

172 S Charlotte St

Asheville, NC


Driving information:

From Asheville airport into Asheville: 20 min drive/Uber.

Greenville: ~1-hour drive

Atlanta: 4-hour drive

Charlotte: 2-hour drive

For more information regarding the White Labs location and surrounding area, contact Kate Lichliter at

Questions regarding our courses and programs? School advisors are available to assist you in selecting the education that meets your individual needs. To speak with an advisor, email us at .

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All students applying for this course must be at least twenty one (21) years of age. For this course, minimally 1 year brewery laboratory experience is recommended and/or having completed the Essential Quality Control course.

What I'll learn

Lecture topics include:
  • Microbiological Principles
  • Working with Microorganisms
  • Yeast Growth and Nutrition
  • Yeast Quality Measurement – Viability and Vitality
  • Bacteria and Wild Yeast Contaminants
  • Beer Pasteurization
  • Principles of Flavor Production
  • Sensory Analysis
  • Sampling Techniques and Environmental Hygiene
  • Introduction to Molecular Techniques
  • Application of Genetic Tests in Brewing
  • Advanced Detection Methods
  • Microbiology Programs for Breweries
  • and more
  Lab activities include: 
  • Agar media plate and tube preparation
  • Yeast isolation techniques
  • Yeast strain differentiation
  • Yeast propagation in the lab
  • Wild yeast and bacteria detection methods
  • Lab-scale fermentation
  • Yeast cell counting and pitching rate calculation
  • ATP testing
  • Rapid analysis testing (PCR)
  • and more

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Payment Terms

To reserve a seat in any course, module or program, the required non-refundable Application Processing Fee (APF) must be paid within 5 (five) days after a student is accepted.

ONLINE: To qualify for “Regular Tuition” pricing, full payment must be received no later than 14-days in advance of the course, module or program start date.

CAMPUS: To qualify for “Regular Tuition” pricing, full payment must be received no later than 60-days in advance of the course, module or program start date.

“Late Tuition” will apply after these dates.

Time 5 days / 35 hours

Certificate of attendance

Tuition (regular) $2,575

APF (non-refundable) $250

Total Cost $2,825

Visa Requirements
(non-U.S. citizens)
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