SDSU Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer

Launch your career in craft beer by earning a Professional Certificate from SDSU Global Campus. Classes are held onsite at local breweries and at SDSU.

The Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer is designed to prepare participants for success in the craft beer industry. Through interactive, hands-on learning from instructors who are professionals in the industry, the Business of Craft Beer courses let you experience the world of craft beer through the exploration of the past and present history of craft beer, current trends, and w

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05/16/2024

Volunteer for the 19th annual ArtWalk Liberty Station and enjoy getting to work with Artists and like-minded Art and Culture Volunteers!

As a Volunteer, you'll receive official logo apparel and the opportunity to be included in a Volunteer-only raffle of mostly original Art by participating Artists.

Support ArtWalk San Diego mission to bring fine art into a fun, festive setting, making the possibility of owning original artwork accessible to everyone.

To view available positions, and to register, here is the SignUp link.

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05/02/2024

Some exciting news! The three San Diego County craft breweries won Gold Medals on Wednesday at the 2024 World Beer Cup, the largest international beer competition often referred to as The Olympics of Beer Competitions.

Coronado Brewing Company won for its Nado in the International Lager category and North Park Beer Company won for its Ice-Fu! in the Hoppy Lager category. Pizza Port Brewing Company won two Golds!

Gold Medals are awarded to “world class beers that accurately exemplify the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma, and appearance,” according to World Beer Cup judging criteria.

03/08/2024

Don't miss the 4th Annual San Diego Beer News Awards. This year’s SDBNAs will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. This event is free and open to the public! San Diego Beer News




03/05/2024

🚨 Register before the March 14th! 🚨

An eight-week course designed to give students a comprehensive overview of the key characteristics of beer based on style. The class will be led by Jake Nunes, President of the San Diego Brewers Guild and the Director of Hospitality and Certified Cicerone® for Modern Times Beer Students will strengthen their perceptive and descriptive abilities for assessing and communicating the specific attributes of each beer.

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!




02/21/2024

🚨 Register before February 26th! 🚨

Ready to start or work with a new brewery? Brewery Start-Up 1 will give you all the information you need to open, manage, or work in a start-up brewery. Learn from Industry leaders, Candace Moon, a San Diego-based attorney who has spent the past decade dedicating her law practice to the craft beer industry, and Matt Johnson, the CEO of San Diego Craft Consult and the General Manager of WestBrew. This six-week course goes through every aspect of a start-up.

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!





02/07/2024

🚨 Register before the February 13th! 🚨

Understanding the molecular intricacies of beer and wine production and gaining insights into flavor chemistry and fermentation optimization will lead to producing better products in a competitive beverage market. This knowledge will also ensure customer satisfaction and assist in managing production costs effectively. Whether you're a seasoned industry professional or aspiring to enter the field, this course provides valuable expertise that is indispensable for success in the ever-evolving world of brewing and winemaking.

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






01/24/2024

🚨Last day to register! 🚨

Sign up for the Business of Distribution with Susie Baggs! In this class, you will learn to evaluate wholesalers in a market and how to manage them. By the end of the class, you will be well versed on wholesaler relationships and how to work with one.

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






Year in Review: A Look Back at San Diego Beer in 2023 | San Diego Magazine 01/12/2024

A great look at beer's past, present, and future in San Diego!

https://sandiegomagazine.com/food-drink/a-year-in-san-diego-beer-2023/

Want to be a part of the future of beer in San Diego? We offer courses where you will learn about brewing practices, raw ingredients for various beer styles, and more!

Interested? Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






Year in Review: A Look Back at San Diego Beer in 2023 | San Diego Magazine We tapped local brewers to recap the San Diego beer industry in 2023 and give us a glimpse into what to expect in 2024.

01/09/2024

Register is open for Sip & Savor with Theresa Carlson and Greg Elliot!

Beer and wine will be broken down to the molecular level to help you gain an understanding of how fermentation in both beer and wine work to create such radically different alcoholic beverages. By the end of this class, you will be able to apply this knowledge to the industry and have insights into fermentation optimization, which will lead to producing better products in this competitive market. This type of knowledge is indispensable for success in the evolving industry.

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






01/04/2024

Meet Susie!

Susie Baggs is the founder and owner of Brown Bag Beverage and created it to guarantee quality throughout the entire process, from malting to drinking. Many years later, Brown Bag distributes 27+ craft beers, ciders, wines, kombucha, and hard seltzers!

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






12/28/2023

Meet Candace!

Candace Moon is a San Diego-based attorney who has spent the past decade dedicating her law practice to the craft beer industry. She has worked with over 450 craft breweries and craft breweries-in-planning nationwide, but has now minimized her client list to focus more in-depth on a small number of California breweries. She is excited to share her knowledge with her students in Brewery Start Up I!

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or follow
the link in our bio!





12/20/2023

Meet "Dr." Bill Sysak!

Bill Sysak is known in the inner circle of craft beer-dom as a master of zymurgical knowledge and is a Certified Cicerone®. One of the most knowledgeable craft beer experts in the industry, Sysak has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, the LA Times, Draft magazine, Imbibe, and Food & Wine. He has a wealth of knowledge that he is excited to share with those starting out in the industry.

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or follow
the link in our bio!





12/16/2023

Meet Matthew!

Matt Johnson is the CEO of San Diego Craft Consult and the General Manager of WestBrew. Matt has worked as an owner, general manager, consultant and sales director in startup breweries since 2012, gaining valuable experience in all aspects of the business side of craft beer. He is excited to share his knowledge through this course!

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or follow
the link in our bio!






Photos from SDSU Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer's post 12/11/2023

Check out our students in the field during our Brewing Basics final class! Huge thank you to Citizen Brewers for hosting our students and helping them with packaging. Thank you to Matt Akin as well for teaching our students so much throughout this course!

Registration is open for Spring 2024 courses! Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






Agriculture grant program – Dauntless Veteran Foundation 12/07/2023

Exciting news for our programs!

The Dauntless Veteran Foundation Agriculture Grant is open for applications Dec 4, 2023 to Feb 2, 2024.

They will award up to $25,000 to eligible military veterans or dependents seeking to start or grow a career in agriculture.

Apply here:

Agriculture grant program – Dauntless Veteran Foundation Agriculture grant program Our mission at the Dauntless Veteran Foundation (DVF) is to train and equip veterans to translate their talents from the field to the farm. We are proud to offer Agriculture Grants to veterans and their dependents seeking financial support and are, or aspiring to be, farmer...

11/27/2023

Registration is now open for Exploring Craft Beer, with "Dr." Bill Sysak!

This is the perfect course for anyone looking to start their certificate and get involved in the Craft Beer industry! By the end of this class you will have a solid foundation for the rest of the program. This class will also open the door to great networking with local craft beer professionals. "Dr." Sysak possesses a wealth of knowledge about the industry, and is excited to share with his students!

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






11/14/2023

Final night of Marketing Craft Beer class at SDSU with instructor Derek Gallanosa! Big thanks to Burgeon for the beer. Cheers!






11/11/2023

Register now for Brewery Start Up I with Matthew Johnson and Candance Moon!

By the end of this course, you will be able to open, manage, or work in a start-up brewery. You will go through capital raising, trademark and legal issues, location identification, build-out and much more. These industry leaders with hands-on knowledge bring real world experience to this course and are excited to share their expertise with you!

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or click the link in our bio!






11/07/2023

🚨Registration for Spring 2024 now open! 🚨

Sign up for the Business of Distribution with Susie Baggs! In this class you will learn to evaluate wholesalers in a market and how to manage them. By the end of the class you will be well versed on wholesaler relationships and how to work with one.

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






Volunteer - San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival® 11/03/2023

We have received a request for volunteer shifts during the 19th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival November 10-12, 2023.

Each year, San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival welcomes hundreds of volunteers who generously donate their time to help make the Festival possible. This year, shift selection will no longer be based on years of service. We have open volunteer shifts during the festival on November 10-12, 2023.

Earn a free ticket* when you volunteer at

Tasks include:
Pre-event setup
Exhibitor relations
Registration
Post-event clean-up

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at

Volunteer - San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival® Volunteer for the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, a scholarship fundraiser for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and Fast Forward Futures!

11/02/2023

Partner with SDSU's hospitality programs! DM us to learn more! If you would like to sponsor a course or host a class at your venue, we would like to chat more.






10/26/2023

The deadline to register for Exploring Craft Beer with "Dr." Bill Sysak is coming quick! Make sure to register now to sure your spot!

This is the perfect course for anyone looking to start their certificate and get involved in the Craft Beer industry! By the end of this class you will have a solid foundation for the rest of the program. You will learn beer terminology, beer styles, beer and food pairings, and so much more. This class will also open the door to great networking with local craft beer professionals.

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






Vome Volunteer 10/17/2023

San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival 2023 is coming up soon! It will be held from November 6-12.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to receive one non transferable complimentary ticket. This event is an excellent opportunity for volunteers like you to gather, share experiences, and explore ways to connect with your community. All shifts date & times are subject to change at any time. We ask for an AHOD (all hands on deck) mentality, flexibility is key.

Thank you for being an essential part of our team. We look forward to your continued support and the positive energy you bring to each of our events.

For more information and to sign up please visit:

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10/10/2023

We are excited to announce the Craft Beer Diversity Award, made possible by Coronado Brewing Company, which aims to foster diversity and inclusivity in the craft beer industry.

The recipient of this award will be granted full tuition for the Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer as well as the chance to gain hands-on experience through an internship with Coronado Brewing Company. Together, we can create a more diverse, inclusive, and vibrant craft beer community.

For more information and to apply please go to: http://bit.ly/3tplvSq

10/05/2023

The deadline is coming up to register for Craft Beer Finance with Kate Zittere!

Finding the delicate balance between the art of brewing great beer and effectively managing the business of owning a brewery is the ongoing challenge of every brewery. In Craft Beer Finance, we will explore some of the aspects of managing a brewery to help with the business management side of the business. We’ll walk through how to read financial statements and understand what can make a great beer profitable while hopefully having some fun discussions along the way.

You won't want to miss this, so register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!





10/02/2023

Spring 2024 Craft Beer course registration is now open! We will be offering Exploring Craft Beer, The Business of Distribution, Brewery Start Up I, and Beer Styles I! Many of our classes will be offered online this semester, so they will be accessible to beer lovers around the country!

Register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio.






09/30/2023

The deadline to register for Craft Beer Finance is coming soon! You won't want to miss it.

By the end of this course, you will have learned accounting and finance basics from a craft brewery perspective. Topics include cash-flow management, accounting for inventory, costs of goods sold, profit margins, and much more. The course will also feature guest speakers from the local craft beer community.

Come learn from the master and register now at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the link in our bio!






09/28/2023

The registration deadline for Marketing Craft Beer is approaching quick!

You don't want to miss out on learning from Derek Gallanosa: Partner, Head Brewer, and Director of Beer Operations for GOAL. Brewing. He is an industry veteran of 13 years, starting his career at Karl Strauss and Abnormal Beer Co. before opening Moksa Brewing Co. in Sacramento. We are so excited he is back down in San Diego and ready to teach our students to be successful in connecting their products to customers!

Register for his course at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the
link in our bio!




09/26/2023

Only a few days left to register for Brewing Basics with Matt Akin, starting on Oct. 4!

Matt has over 20 years of brewing experience in San Diego. After graduating from UCSD, he worked at AleSmith Brewing Company, earned his certificate in Brewing Science and Engineering, then co-founded Brenchmark brewing Co. He currently brews at Duck Foot Brewing as Head Brewer. Matt is excited to share his love of the craft with his students!

The final brew night for the course will also be held at Citizen Brewers! Very excited to incorporate hands-on experience for our students.

Register for his course at neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer or use the
link in our bio!




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