Brewery Operations, A.A.S.


The Associate in Applied Science Brewery Operations degree program is designed for students who plan a career in the beer-making industry. This degree program will offer students the opportunity to explore management of a labor-intensive industry that will incorporate the science of growing hops and making beer.

The Brewery Operations program is centered on providing theory and hands-on application to students interested in the fast growing craft beer industry. Students will be work at local breweries learning to select quality ingredients, fermentation procedures, and produce a variety of beer styles. Through interaction with beer professionals students will be prepared to enter the industry at above entry-level positions.

The Brewery Operations program has been designed to give students hands-on preparation and knowledge necessary to be successful in the field of beer making. The courses will prepare graduates with skills for hop growing and how those skills relate to beer quality, as well as beer making. Students will learn to successfully manage a brewery, and to evaluate a property for successful hop growing.

Program Goals and Objectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the intrinsic differences of craft brewing versus mass-production brewing.
  • Identify and describe the purpose and/or contribution of the primary ingredients employed in the production of craft beer.
  • Demonstrate recognition of the variety of beer styles represented by the craft brewing industry.
  • Identify and describe the purpose of the vessels, primary support equipment and secondary processing equipment employed in the production of craft beer.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic processes and procedures employed in the production of craft beer.


Josh Blumberg MS Ed.
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs: HTCA
Phone: 716-614-6456
Location: NFCI

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