Schoolcraft College has added a certificate in brewing and distillation technology, with classes to begin in the fall.

This program is intended for those who are interested in starting a career in brewing, expanding their current brewing knowledge and practice, or considering opening a brewpub or microbrewery. The curriculum was designed with direct input and participation by brewing professionals, owners of breweries and brewpubs and distillers.

Schoolcraft College is renovating an area in its culinary department to house the college’s commercial seven-barrel capacity brewery.

“While most people find the idea of a brewing and distillation program appealing, I can assure you there is some serious science involved in making beer,” said Schoolcraft College Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Richard Weinkauf.  “Our on-campus brewery will include every piece of equipment found in a commercial operation for our students to gain their brewing knowledge.  This will be the real deal, and we may even begin selling our product to the public in the future.”

Brewing experts from Plymouth’s Liberty Street Brewing Co. and Howell’s Block Brewing Co. will teach classes, as will a local certified cicerone, or beer sommelier. The program’s Advisory Committee, members of which were involved in the creation and design of the program, includes professionals from Short’s Brewing Co., Northern United Brewing Co., Griffin Claw Brewing Co. and Know Beer LLC.

College officials have been planning this program for some time, but it only recently received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to begin offering classes this fall. Classes begin Aug. 31 and more information is available at

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