I majored in beer: A MN college will be offering a brewing program


It sounds like every student's dream.

With Minnesota now overflowing with craft breweries, a college is offering training for those who want a career in beer.

Dakota County Technical College, in Rosemount, announced Thursday it will launch a "Brewing and Beer Steward" program for students looking to pick up the brewing and business skills needed to succeed in the growing industry.

The college says that the 21-credit course – the first of which will start in August – will cover brewing science, engineering, management and service, and gaining the certificate could lead to employment in laboratories, brew houses, brewpubs or small craft breweries.

The plan has the approval of Jace Marti, the assistant brewmaster at the August Schell brewery in New Ulm, who told the Star Tribune: "To have completed some kind of formal training, that you at least can have the basics – the fundamentals down of brewing, I think that could open a lot of doors and maybe take a lot of stress off potential breweries that would like to hire them.

"Then you don't have to train those people yourselves."

The newspaper adds there are currently around 2,200 people employed in the craft brewing industry at the moment, and the number is growing all the time.

The growth of craft beer across the Midwest has prompted a similar move in Wisconsin, where Madison College recently rolled out a craft brewing certificate program, the Business Journal reports, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to launch its own this fall.

Students must be 21 and over to enroll in the program. You can find more information about it here.

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