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W40: Master Brewer Program

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The twin-campus Master Brewer program will prepare graduates to advance their careers through practical application of brewing. Advanced theory and an extensive advanced practical applications module will provide graduates with the knowledge and experience required to understand every critical area of commercial brewing.

This 20-week program is comprised of segments, divided into one-to-eight-week modules, with each module specializing in a particular area of brewing technology. The content will address issues in brewing from an international perspective, providing students with education and experience that is not offered by any other brewing school.

Program Details

The Master Brewer Program starts with 7 weeks of brewing theory and business training conducted at our Siebel Institute campus in Chicago. Students build a sound understanding of the sciences and technologies that are used throughout breweries of all sizes. After the Chicago modules are completed, students then travel to Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany, where over the 3 week course duration they apply the knowledge gained from their first 7 weeks of study in the practical brewing environment at Doemens. Students also participate in advanced-level brewing theory training while at Doemens, including presentations regarding brewing techniques used in creating authentic German beer styles.

After the completion of the 3-week segment at Doemens Academy, students travel on the European Study Tour to tour breweries and brewing-industry suppliers, learning how the information they have gained in the Diploma Program is utilized in real-world brewing environments. Over the first 12 weeks of the WBA Master Brewer Program, students will gain a truly international perspective on brewing techniques and technologies.

To complete the Master Brewer Program, students return to Doemens Academy for 8 weeks of advanced-level practice dealing in beer production, packaging operations, laboratory work and other areas critical to brewery operations of all sizes, all while under the instruction and supervision of some of the best educators in the brewing industry. Students will also gain from the time spent in the breweries and beer-centric environments of Munich, one of the great brewing capitals of the world.

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Key Facts

20 weeks
Clock Hours
Chicago & Munich Campus*

* Students taking the full, continuous program receive roundtrip airfare (Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, U.S.A., to Munich Franz Joseph Strauss International Airport and back to Chicago) within the cost of tuition. Room and board is the responsibility of the students in both Chicago and Munich.

Modules included in this program

1 W21: Raw Materials and Wort Production Details »
2 W22: Beer Production and Quality Control Details »
3 W23: Packaging and Process Technology Details »
4 W24: Business of Brewing and Technical Case Studies Details »
5 W25: Applied Brewing Techniques Details »
6 W26: European Brewery Study Tour Details »
7 W45: Advanced Applied Brewing Techniques Details »

Admission requirements

All students applying for a program, module or course must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

This advanced program or module requires students to have a specific knowledge of brewing theory and/or related sciences in order to be successful in the assessment process by having either successfully completed one of the following, with exception of Modules 5 and 7 (see exceptions info below).

(a) Successfully passing the Concise Course in Brewing Technology (campus or online), or
(b) Successfully passing the online assessment

Exceptions: To qualify for Module 5, one must have successfully completed all Modules 1-3. To qualify for Module 7, one must have successfully passed Modules 1-6


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be awarded the WBA Master Brewer certificate.