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Craft Brewing Program

Demand for Craft Brewing professionals and for those with knowledge of the field is increasing and the field offers a diverse range of potential employment.  CWU Craft Brewing graduates have encountered a nearly 100% placement in jobs ranging from production to laboratory research to sensory evaluation. 

Program Options:

  • Bachelor of Science in Craft Brewing - An accredited, four-year academic B.S. degree that includes a brewery internship.  Your studies will be hands-on and science-based, covering Microbiology, Biochemistry, Sensory Analysis, and brewing experience with our pilot system. Designed for CWU undergraduates seeking a primary B.S. degree or double-major. Courses required for CRBW Bachelor of Science Degree

  • Minor in Craft Brewing - Designed for CWU undergraduates currently majoring in the Sciences (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Food Science). The Minor is a cross-disciplinary, science focused program offering hands on brewing experience preparing students for employment in the diverse field of the Brewing industry. (Biology Majors can use CRBW312 & 317 courses as non-Biology, upper division electives).  Courses required for a CRBW Minor
  • Certificate in Craft Brewing - An interdisciplinary Certificate that can be completed in one academic year, providing CWU students an overview of the science, technology, and merchandising aspects of the Craft Brewing industry.  Our Certificate also involves hands-on brewing experience and is designed for CWU undergraduates seeking to further develop their brewing skills and open job opportunities. Courses required for a CRBW Certificate

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Our Craft Brewing Students

Our Majors, Minors, and Certificate students all do hands-on brewing projects, ranging from comparing ale fermentation temperatures, varieties of wild yeasts, to culture conditions of kombuchas and mead-beer hybrids.  Their project work can be found on our student Practicum website:


CWU is ideally located in the heart of the nation's hop country and with our industry connections to enrich your experience, student internships with industry leaders, and hands-on brewing experience, you will be well-prepared for entering the growing field of craft brewing.  Nearly all of our Craft Brewing classes are open to all CWU students, regardless of their major.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science Degree, Minor, and Craft Brewing Certificate are diverse and hail from around the world. Graduates work at local/regional breweries in production and head brewer positions as well as in research, marketing, and development positions in the hops and brewing industries.

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CWU Craft Brewing
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
Ph: 509-963-2731



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