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EDUCATION: Certificate in Professional Brewing/Distilling Technology (PBDT)

Next Session (For PBDT) starts: APRIL 30, 2018

2018 PBDT Sessions:

WINTER BATCH: January 8 – April 4:

  • Classes begin: January 8, 2018
  • Classes end: April 4, 2018
  • Initial registration open: currently through December 8, 2017
  • Final registration: January 5, 2018
  • Late registration deadline: January 8, 2018

SPRING BATCH: April 30 – July 25

  • Classes begin: April 30, 2018
  • Classes end: July 25, 2018
  • Initial registration open: currently through April 16, 2018
  • Final registration: April 27, 2018
  • Late registration deadline: April 30, 2018

FALL BATCH: August 20 – November 14: Introducing ALL EVENING + SATURDAY Schedule



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. You will primarily utilize the facilities of Fanatic Brewing Company, a commercial brewery (including a pilot system). 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.

LENGTH: 13 Weeks
DAYS/HOURS: Monday/Tuesday 5.30pm – 8.30pm; Wednesday 1pm – 5pm
LOCATION: Fanatic Brewing Company, Knoxville TN
COST: $6000 (see details below)


  • 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
  • Raw materials- water, barley, malting and hops
  • Mashing and wort production
  • Fermentation and yeast

Distilling Process
  • Distilling fundamentals
  • Mashing: corn vs. barley
  • Practical applications-distillery experiences
  • Flavor production and off-flavors
  • Packaging
  • Beer Styles
  • Quality control testing
  • Sanitation
  • General business practices
  • Your Business Plan
  • Financials
  • Where to start and who can help

144 Total Hours: 96 class/48 practical
Classroom Hours: 96 Hrs
Brew House Hours: 24
Internship Industry-Related Hours: 24

Cost Details: $500 to hold place in class; $5500 (total balance) due by  March 30, 2018

  • Classes begin: April 30, 2018
  • Classes end: July 25, 2018
  • Initial registration open: currently through April 16, 2018
  • Final registration: April 27, 2018 (Late tuition total $6,500)
  • Late registration deadline: April 30, 2018


For More Information Call: 865-622-7511

EDUCATION: Home Brewing, Level I

Learn the solid foundations of brewing at home. Turn a few hours into the beginnings of a delicious hobby. Your instructors have brewed beer for many years and have learned the do’s and don’ts. This course gives you the foundation for a fun and tasty experience for a long time to come.

What you get:

  • Up to 7 hours of instruction and brewing from experienced home brewers and professional brewers
  • Equipment to take home and start brewing
  • The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, by Charlie Papazian
  • Your beer to take home

Class meetings and times:

  • Learning and Brewing Session: Saturday, April 14, 2018; 9am – 2pm
  • Bottling and Drinking Session: Saturday, May 5, 2018; 12noon – 2pm

Location: Brewing + Distilling Center 130 Bearden Place, Knoxville, TN 37917
Cost: $295

  • 1st class: History of Brewing and Beer; Basic Style; What is beer made of? Home brewing equipment; Theory of the brewing process; Let’s brew some beer!
  • 2nd class: Let’s bottle and sample our beer, review, and celebrate!


EDUCATION: Advanced Home Brewing: All Grain

Are you ready to step up your home brewing game from Extract to All Grain? Then this class is for you. All Grain brewing is how the professional brewers make beer. It is the purest form of brewing beer and lets you influence your end-product the absolute most. You are in complete control of your beer—color and aroma; flavor and mouthfeel; classic style to wild and crazy. This is brewing beer “from scratch.” And, it is actually the least expensive way to produce beer (minus the equipment).

Your instructor and fun host will be Charles Ellis: certified brewer and amazing home brewer.

What you get:

  • Information, expert advice, and demonstration of All Grain Home Brewing
  • Beer to take home
  • Food and Beer during sessions
  • SWAG

Class meetings and times:

  • Brewing Session: Saturday, May 26, 9am – 2pm
  • Bottling Session: Saturday, June 9, 10am – 12noon

Location: 501 E. Oklahoma Ave, Knoxville, TN

Cost: $150

Brewer, Charles Ellis


EDUCATION: Mead Making

Mead may be the oldest alcoholic beverage we know about. From 7000 B.C. in China, to ancient Greece and Rome, to the Vikings and Jolly Olde England– the delicious fermented honey drink has been around along time. And, with the craft beer craze, MEAD is making a comeback. Learn how to make this traditional beverage with MEAD EXPERT, John Cosgrove. We will learn, drink, eat, and have a Merry Olde Tyme.

What you get:

  • Information, expert advice, and demonstration of Mead Making
  • Mead to take home
  • Food, Beer, and Mead during sessions
  • SWAG

Class meetings and times:

  • Brewing Session: March 10
  • Bottling Session: TBA

Location: 130 Bearden Place, Knoxville, TN 37917

Cost: $99

Mead Man, John Cosgrove



EDUCATION: Cider Making








Hard cider– known just as “cider” everywhere else in the drinking world– is becoming popular again in the United States. Cider is an extremely old beverage and comes in a variety of flavors and styles: dry, fruity, champagne-like. And then, there are those crazy Americans, like Wyile Cidery in Sevierville, TN and Gypsy Circus Cidery in Johnson City, TN, making all sorts of flavors– dark chocolate, cherry, pumpkin, jalapeno, ginger, coffee.

Join us, as Wyile Cidery will be co-hosting our Cider Event for an evening of cider, education, and lots of fun. Gypsy Circus cider will also be available.

What you get:

  • Information, expert advice, and demonstration of Cider Making from Matt Postlewaite of Wyile Cidery
  • Cider to take home
  • Food, Beer, and Cider during sessions
  • Wyile, Gypsy Circus and BDC SWAG

Class meetings and times:

  • Next Brewing Session: TBA
  • Bottling Session: TBA

Location: TBA

Cost: $99




Do you have great employees who just need more knowledge in a given area of expertise? We can tailor those requirements to what topics you desire to be covered.


The BDC offers training services for:

  • Tap Room Personnel: help your team be more-informed as they serve and communicate with your craft beer customers. Increase customer relations and sales with more effective personnel.
  • We can educate employees on beer/brewing history; beer styles, basic ingredients and the brewing process; sensory discussion- appearance/color, nose, bitterness/IBU, mouthfeel, finish; beer and food pairings.
  • Setting up, maintaining and trouble-shooting draft beer equipment.
  • Brewery/Distillery Continuing Education: in what areas of brewing/distilling or specific skills do your good employees need more technical education? Call us and we can tailor your needs with our educational and training expertise.

We can help you in:

  • Planning and start-up
  • Facility design
  • Equipment—acquiring and installing
  • Raw materials selection
  • Quality Control
  • Personnel identification and hiring
  • Facility management
  • Personnel training and continuing education


Are you ready to have some fun? We can help you host an event that features craft beer or cocktail-making. We do this in your home or a rented facility.

  • Beer tastings: educate your friends or colleagues sampling different beer styles
  • Beer and food pairings: pair the correct beer with the tastiest of foods. This will wow everyone.
  • Cocktail night: pick a type of spirit and let’s learn how to make several cocktails. What a date night!

Gather a few close friends; Get closer to your work colleagues; Plan an important milestone: these events are not soon forgotten.