Trocaire Launches New Online Brewing & Distilling Program

Innovative program designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the craft beverage industry or to upskill the home brewer

For craft beverage enthusiasts and professionals who are looking to up their brewing game this fall and winter, Trocaire College announced its Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science program is going online this November.

“With people having more time to devote to their hobbies, exploring something new to do at home, or looking for potential career opportunities, we wanted to take our innovative program online in a more accessible and affordable format,” said Erik Coleman, Brewing, Distilling, and Fermentation Science program director, Trocaire College. “Participants will still be able to interact and learn the art and science of craft beverage making, just virtually. In addition, this new online format will allow the program to reach individuals beyond the immediate Buffalo area, helping to grow awareness of our expanding brewing and distilling scene.”

This program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the craft beverage industry or upskill the home brewer. Offered via videoconferencing, the instructor-led program runs Mondays from 6-9 p.m. beginning Nov. 2 to June 7, 2021. Owners and head brewers from regional breweries and distillers will provide guest lectures, virtual tours, and demonstrations. The 100 hours of live online classes, which include modules covering Sensory Evaluation, Introduction to Brewing, the Science of Brewing and certifications in TIPS, ServeSafe, and Level 1 Cicerone, is capped by a 100-hour internship at the end of the program.

Tasting and brewing are also an integral part of the redesigned program. Participants can pick up tasting kits as well as home brewing equipment, allowing them to participate in the hands-on portions of the online class from the comfort and safety of their own home.

Class size is limited. For more information on program requirements and to enroll, visit