Being Craft is a three-part docu-series created by Quench that looks at the world of craft brewers and distillers in Canada. The series explores the tough decisions these master makers have to make each day – do you go organic? How to you source? How do you make your mark in a saturated market?
Quench Magazine editor, Aldo Parise, interviews five master makers: Joel Manning at Mill Street, Mike Pentesco at Oast, Greg Newton at Ontario Spring Water Sake, Geoff Dillon at Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers and Jesse Razaqpur at Toronto Distillery Company. Together they draw an exciting picture of what it’s like to be craft.
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Inspired by these master makers? Interested in getting crafty? We’ve researched institutions and organizations that will give you the tools and know-how to start your journey to “master maker” status, and add a little craft to your life.
Brewing & Distilling
Siebel Institute – Chicago, Illinois
The Siebel Institute offers a variety of courses, each with different qualifications and course types – for example, you could do Brewing Technology as a certificate, entry level course or continuing education course that is available either online or at their campus. In addition to courses, they are a great resource for anyone interested in learning more – through the World Brewing Academy, they have a partnership with Doemens Academy (Munich, Germany) to provide students with an international education in brewing technology.
Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) – London, UK
The IBD has been known by many names throughout its long history (it was founded in 1906 as the Operative Brewers’ Guild). They exist to advance the education and professional development of the brewing, distilling and related industries. As such, they have several courses that offer different levels of training, from the basics in distilling to a diploma and certification as Master Brewer. Their members can be found around the world, with their North American branch located in Corvallis Oregon.
Niagara College Canada - Ontario
This two-year course will prepare you for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. It is a hands-on, on-site training course that covers brewing technology, operations, sales management and advanced business applications specific to beer or breweries.
Offered in collaboration with Niagara College, the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management degree at Olds College covers the same material as the Niagara College equivalent. The courses are offered in their 2,300 square foot state-of-the-art facility by staff with extensive experience in the brewery business.
Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA)
The MBAA was formed in 1887 “with the purpose of promoting, advancing, and improving the professional interest of brew and malt house production and technical personnel.” It offers several courses that range from short, one-hour webinars to in-depth, two-week courses.
American Brewers Guild – Salisbury, Vermont
Can’t get to the school to sit in a classroom? No problem. The American Brewers Guild’s diplomas are designed for working or would-be brewers that prefer learning online. Their courses are taught online with a once-a-week on-site visit. There are two, 22-week programs available – Craft Brewer’s Apprenticeship and Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering. They also have a short on-site brewing and beer education course available.
Urban Distilleries – Kelowna, BC
Urban Distillers offers the only distillery training in Canada short of apprenticing with a Master Distiller. Their two workshops are Master Distiller and Moonshine Experience. Here, you will learn the legalities and definitions of the trade – with a Canadian focus – as well as receive hands-on milling, fermentation, distillation, blending, measuring, bottling and barrelling experience. The Canadian focus means you’ll learn about the provincial regulations and Canadian-specific laws governing distilling practices.
Dry Fly Distilling - Spokane, Washington
Dry Fly Distilling’s Consultation Program is designed to provide hands on experience to aspiring as well as existing distillers. Their program covers every facet of small distillery operation, from equipment right through to distribution. These workshops are private and held at their distillery, which includes a washhouse and two 450 L CARL stills with full rectification capabilities (if you don’t know what that means, you’d probably enjoy this course)!
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