Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations Certificate

Bar and beer

Grand Rapids is now known as Beer City USA. Growth in the industry exceeding 50% per year.

Breweries and brewpub operations are seeking to hire skilled personnel to run brewing, foodservice, and manufacturing operations.

The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education developed the Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations certificate to meet the industry’s growing needs for highly skilled talent.

Fountain Hill Brewery and Pete's Pub prepare students for the industry with extensive hands-on laboratory and operational skill development.

Students gain understanding and knowledge of the business and service operations in the craft brewing industry.

The art, science, and technology of brewed beverages is the primary focus of this program. Topics include brewing microbiology, biochemistry, sensory analysis, nutrition and other fermentation principles.

The Secchia Institute delivers the program through extensive hands-on laboratory coursework in our student-operated brewing company (Fountain Hill Brewery) and taproom (Pete's Pub).

The student experience includes an internship at a brewery or brewing-related operation.

We prepare students for entry-level positions in brewing, service, and management in brewpubs, craft breweries, as cicerone, sales/marketing positions, restaurants, distribution and wholesale operations.

Students acquire ServSafe Alcohol and ServSafe Sanitation certifications while participating in the program.

Training will also prepare students to sit for the Cicerone examination as well as prepare students to sit for three levels of certification from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling:

  • Fundamentals of Brewing & Packaging of Beer;
  • Diploma in Brewing; and
  • Diploma in Packaging. 

(These exams are not part of the curriculum; however, the training in the classes will assist students who choose to do these in the future.)

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For questions about the program, please contact the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education by phone at (616) 234-3690, or by email: craftbrew@grcc.edu.