Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science Program

About the Program

The goal of the Brewing/Distilling program is to provide students with the necessary education and skills to enter into varied employment opportunities within the industry. The curriculum will prepare students for employment in the ever expanding industry including: brewing, microbrewing, brewpub and distilling industries. With hands-on training, utilizing the Blichmann TopTier Modular Brewing System located in the college’s brewing lab, students will be able to brew beer for sensory evaluation purposes. Trocaire College is the only college in Western New York to have this commonly used piece of equipment, and we’re excited to share it with students looking to get into the industry with helpful knowledge and skills.


Brewing is bustling in Buffalo.
Trocaire College has launched a new program
to help students dive in
and join this booming Buffalo industry!

Brewing in WNY

According to Visit Buffalo Niagara: “Buffalo’s rich industrial past is soaked in beer. In 1919, on the eve of Prohibition, Buffalo was home to twenty-nine breweries and featured more than 8,000 drinking establishments. But it wasn’t until the end of the 20th century that brewing returned to the city with the opening of Flying Bison Brewing Company and Pearl Street Grill & Brewery.”

The Buffalo area now has 31 craft breweries and six distilleries, including Community Beer Works, Hamburg Brewing Company, Resurgence Brewing Company, Big Ditch Brewing, Rusty Nickel Brewing, 42 North Brewing, Black Squirrel Distillery and Tommyrotter Distillery among many others.


Upcoming Mini Workshops

Brewing Gluten-Free Beer
Date: Thursday, February 21
Cost: $30

Whether you are suffering from Celiac disease or you are gluten-free for other reasons, brewing your own gluten-free beer is a fun way to enjoy a tasty beer without destroying your diet or health. Home brewing, can offer an elegant solution to the gluten-free beer drinker. This workshop will demonstrate the essential components and processes used to make high-quality and tasty gluten-free beers. Both extract and all-grain brewing methods will be covered in this class.

Brew Basics: A Home Brewers Introduction
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Cost: $30

Our 3-hour Brew Basics workshop is hands-on and designed for the novice brewer. This workshop is for those beer enthusiasts looking to develop a deeper understanding of beer, its ingredients, and the process by which it’s made. The workshop will provide students the confidence, knowledge, and experience needed to become proficient home brewers and cultivated beer drinkers. Learn all the basics to get you up and running while brewing a batch of beer. Find out about extract brewing, malts, grains, yeasts and how to avoid or troubleshoot the most common problems. All reference materials will be provided as well as some seasonal brew for tasting.


Intro to Brewing
January 28 — May 13, 2019 (no class 4/22)
Mondays, 6pm-8:30pm
Cost $495
This course is the first in the 5 course program and provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing the program. Topics include: historical aspects of the industries of brewing and distilling along with ingredients, equipment and process requirements involved in brewing and distilling. Classes are held at Trocaire’s Transit location in Williamsville.

Sensory Evaluation of Beer
January 23 — May 8, 2018 (no class 4/24)
Wednesdays, 6pm-8:30pm
Cost $495

Students will develop sensory skills and learn terminology typically used in the alcohol beverage industry. The Blichmann TopTier Modular Brewing system and professional grade fermentation equipment will be utilized in the College’s brewing lab. Classes are held at Trocaire’s Transit location in Williamsville.

Science of Brewing and Distilling
January 26 — May 11, 2018 (no class 4/20)
Saturdays, 9am-11:30am
Cost $495

This course will include in-depth lessons on yeast and bacteria microbiology as well as water and beer chemistry. Students will learn to evaluate microbes on media and microscopically, optimize chemical composition of wort and beer, and control microbial activity in ‘clean’ and sour beers. Students will gain hands-on experience with aseptic technique, chemical analysis of beer bitterness, and – of course – brewing on a professional-grade brewing and fermentation system. No prior microbiology or chemistry education is necessary.

T.I.P.S. and ServSafe Duo Course
Cost $395

This 5-week combined course provides T.I.P.S., Alcohol Training for Intervention Procedures, and ServSafe training lectures and exams. The course cost includes books and exam fees for both hospitality industry certifications. T.I.P.S. is education for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. This skills-based training course is intended to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. ServSafe provides food safety training and is recognized by the National Restaurant Association.

Brewing Internship
Summer, Fall, Spring Semesters
Cost $395

Brewing students who have completed all coursework (or are in progress) in the program are eligible to participate in this 150 hour internship experience. Internships will be with one of WNY’s local breweries/distilleries. The internship experience will be geared toward individual student goals and supervised by the Brewing, Distilling and Fermentation Science Program Director. Internship hours are flexible to allow for working students to participate.

Work towards a certificate,  take a class or two, or experience a related event or workshop for fun. Buffalo is all about brewing and Trocaire College has the education, training and events to help you learn more about this growing industry.

Register Here!