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Small Batch Brewing

16 Sterling Drive
Craftsbury Common, VT

Vermont is home to over 50 award-winning craft breweries. The Northeast Kingdom is the birthplace of what many consider to be among the best breweries in the world: Hill Farmstead Brewery. In this unique, two-week intensive course, students will learn the art and science of brewing from acclaimed brewmasters and get insider access to some of the most exciting craft breweries in the country. Fundamental brewing theory—raw materials, yeast, brewhouse-fermentation and beer processing, quality management, recipe development, sensory evaluation, beer styles, microbiological concepts, critical safety and legal considerations, and key brewery-focused business development and marketing lessons—will be taught. Instruction about theory will be balanced with hands-on opportunities: students will also roll up their sleeves and apply their new knowledge to practice produce a small-batch beer from scratch using products from the Vermont landscape. This course is led by internationally acclaimed brewing experts, Anders Kissmeyer and Jan Paul. It will also feature a single master class and brew day with Hill Farmstead Brewery’s founder Shaun Hill. The classroom will extend beyond Sterling College's campus and Hill Farmstead with field trips to some of the areas most talked-about breweries, such as The Alchemist, von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall, and Lost Nation Brewery. The course, master class, and field study will provide the skills, context, and inspiration need to join the craft beer revolution and produce beer that is as artful and sustainable as it is intoxicating.