Craft Brewing Certification

beer imageDo you have a passion for beer and brewing?

Have you ever considered becoming a craft brewer?

Madison College's Craft Brewing Certificate program could be your ticket to a future in brewing.  This series of courses covers the nuts and bolts of brewing, teaches key scientific knowledge and provides hands-on brewing experience and beer flavor evaluation under the supervision of an experienced brewer.  This comprehensive course of study also helps prepare students for Cicerone and Beer Judge Certification. The program consists of three core classes which can be taken as part of the Craft Brewing certificate or (except for the practicum) as a stand-alone class for those who are interested in learning more about brewing.

You do not need to pursue the Certificate to take any of these courses and you do not need to formally enter any program to earn this certificate. You will automatically earn the Certificate if you complete these required courses with Satisfactory grades within 3 years. Students must be over 21.

Beer: Brewing and Serving Essentials (Schedule and Fees)

This course covers beer & brewing history, ingredients, styles and flavor evaluation with emphasis placed upon comprehensive knowledge of classic beer styles and flavor attributes.  The course also covers serving practices, touches on beer and food pairings and prepares students for the first level of Cicerone Certification. 

Beer: Brewing Science - Microbiology & Fermentation (Schedule and Fees)

This course covers the process of fermentation and biology of yeast and other organisms useful in the craft brewing industry. Students will study beer ingredients, adjuncts & malting processes, mashing & worts, hops flavoring & bittering, beer flavor compounds and beer maturation.  Coursework also includes key industry sanitation procedures including COP (Clean-out-of-place) & CIP (Clean-in-place) and how to develop and maintain a sanitation plan.

Beer: Brewing Practicum - Hands-on Brewing Production and Evaluation (Schedule and Fees)

This course covers the process of brewing, racking, kegging, bottling, tasting and evaluating beer. After receiving detailed instruction and demonstrations, students will work in groups to brew beer using home brewing equipment under the supervision of an experienced brewer. The class will then taste and evaluate their efforts.  Students must have received a grade of Satisfactory in Brewing Science prior to taking this class and must have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in Beer and Serving Essentials


To register, obtain the 5-digit class number from the links above and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2.  If you have never taken a class here before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account before trying to register.