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Certificate in Professional Brewing/Distilling Technology (PBDT)

Certificate in Professional Brewing/Distilling Technology (PBDT)

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We’re excited you’re here! Our mission at the Brewing + Distilling Center is to equip students with the right knowledge and experience to land their dream job in the craft brewing and distilling industry.


NOW REGISTERING FOR 2022 Winter-Spring Session (February 14 – May 10, 2022)

Course Summary:

This course work is designed to train anyone to be employable in the Brewing and/or the Distilling industries. Strong classroom work, explaining the theories of brewing and distilling, will set the tone for practical brew house and distillery hands-on experience. We have our own Brewing Pilot System to brew as many batches as possible. We will also visit other local breweries and distilleries for lectures and hands-on work. All classes are taught by experts in their field, professional brewers, and distillers. There is no other Brewing and Distilling training in the South that compares to our proven method and industry networking that results in jobs after graduation.

LENGTH: 13 Weeks

HOURS WEEKLY: 12 Hours/Week
DAYS/HOURS: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 5.30pm – 8.30 or 9.30pm; Wednesday Brew Days: 4.00pm – 10pm
LOCATION: Classroom/Brew House– 130 Bearden Place, Knoxville TN 37917

Need some help with tuition? Veterans Administration Educational Benefits (GI Bill) and WIOA Federal Funding for qualified folks

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3 Options for Learning:


Get the full, hands-on experience of learning to brew and distill like the pros with our instructor-led classes.
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Can’t make it to class? Learn to brew & distill in the convenience of your own home with our live streamed instruction classes.
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Get the best of both options for learning with hands on experience and live streamed instruction.
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Meet Our Recent Graduates
  • Daniel Holtkamp - Blackberry Farm Brewery, TN

We Have Grads All Over!

Founders Brewing Co.; Blackberry Farm Brewery; Terrapin Brewing Co.; Sugarlands Distilling; Tennessee Distilling Group; Old Forge Distilling; Knox Whiskey Works; Old Tennessee Distilling; Blackhorse Brew Pub; Crafty Bastard Brewing Co.; Smoky Mountain Brewing Co.; Lagunitas Brewing Co.; Karl Strauss Brewing Co.; Stone Brewing Co.; Pretentious Brewing Co.; Gypsy Circus Cider; Geezers Brewing; Scofflaw Brewing; Last Days of Autumn Brewing; and many others.

What You Will Learn

 If you’ve ever seriously considered starting a career in the craft brewing industry, there’s no better place in the southeast than The Brewing + Distilling Center in Knoxville, TN to help educate you on the essentials needed to become a valuable asset to any craft brewery. We’ve already helped countless people achieve their dreams of becoming a master brewer or distiller, and we’d love to add you to that growing list! We’ll provide you with a strong foundation of fundamentals from the history of beer and brewing all the way to the intricate sciences the goes into brewing a fine craft beer.



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  • History of beer and brewing
  • Overall process of brewing
  • Brewing engineering and fluid dynamics
  • Brewing and fermentation science foundations
  • Beverage chemistry
  • Yeast biology and microbiology
  • Laboratory basics

brew master instructing students on beer brewing processes

  • Raw materials- water, barley, malting and hops
  • Mashing and wort production
  • Fermentation and yeast
  • NEW: 10-hours of Barrel-Aging and Sour Beer program (collaborative with Elkmont Exchange Brewery)

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  • General business practices
  • Your Business Plan
  • Financials
  • Where to start and who can help
  • OSHA Forklift Training


Distilling instructors holding barrell of spirits

  • Distilling fundamentals
  • Mashing: corn vs. barley
  • Practical applications-distillery experiences

BDC visiting Thunder Road Distillery

  • Flavor production and off-flavors
  • Packaging
  • Beer Styles
  • Quality control testing
  • Sanitation

Beer brewing school graduates
154 Total Hours: 100 classroom/54 practical

Great opportunity for veteran students

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The BDC is now taking applications for GI Bill benefits for veterans for the 2022 PBDT Certificate Program WINTER-SPRING SESSION (February 14, 2022)). The application for approval for the GI Bill has been made and is in process for the training of veterans and their eligible dependents.

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