About the Program
The Brewing/Distilling program is designed to provide beer lovers and students with the necessary education and skills to better appreciate all things beer and/or enter into various employment opportunities within the industry. The coursework will prepare participants for enjoyment or employment in the craft beverage industry including: brewing, microbrewing, brewpub and distilling industries. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to meet with industry experts and learn by brewing and tasting beer. The program includes hands on training utilizing the Blichmann TopTier Modular Brewing System.
Intro to Brewing
This course 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
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
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.
ServSafe Sanitation and ServSafe Alcohol (TIPS) Duo Course
This combined course provides ServSafe Alcohol and ServSafe Sanitation training lectures and exams. The course cost includes books and exam fees for both hospitality industry certifications. ServSafe Alcohol 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.
Summer, Fall, Spring Semesters
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.
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.
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.