Eastfield College is jumping on the craft beer movement in a big way by offering a “Journeyman Brewer Certificate” during a six-week, hands-on course that has several local breweries involved. This brewer certificate course is the only one of its kind in Texas and is one of only a handful of similar programs in schools around the country.
The 177-hour class starts Aug. 31 and covers the basics of brewing and malting. This comprehensive course costs $3,600, and it gives participants the training that brewers look for in new employees in an industry is that is short on skilled personnel.
“This program is unique because you have the school, the theory and, at the same time, you have the practical experience,” said instructor Peter Boettcher, a native of Germany who is a master brewer with more than 30 years of experience. He holds a degree in brewing science and has a brewer’s certificate from the Doemens World Brewing Academy, which is based in Munich, Germany. Continue reading