Mesa College’s Fermentation program has a few options to meet the different goals and needs of students.
One of a few programs of its kind students have the opportunity to learn the history of fermentation, as well as the fundamentals of brewing. The Associate of Science in Fermentation Management has a foundation in business, customer service, and standards of hospitality, the program’s courses will provide you with the qualifications to start your own small business or assume a leadership role in an already established company. The degree is designed to support professionals to one step closer to a career as a brewer, tap room manager, brewery manager, distributor, beverage writer, or another position. Students will learn the many transformative possibilities of food science and gain a thorough understanding of the unique flavors, textures, digestion benefits, and preservation methods that fermentation processes facilitate. The opportunity students will have to participate in work experience courses will help you gain confidence in your technical skills and ensure your readiness for your career in the fermentation and beverage industry, and/or as you continue your education at another institution.
The Certificate of Achievement in Fermentation Management is similar to our Associates Degree without the general education and brewing lab.
In 2025 we are planning to offer a new Brewing and Cellaring Certificate of Achievement designed to cover all the fundamentals of entry-level brewing. All classes are available now and consists of consists of FERM 101; Introduction to Fermentation, which covers a wide range of the basics of fermentation in food and beverages, FERM 130; Flavor and Form, where students gain knowledge on proper tasting and sampling techniques, ingredient evaluation, and recipe development, FERM 140; Brewing Lab where students brew, cellar, package and evaluate finished beer, and learn proper CIP techniques and chemical safety.
It may be possible to make modifications to program requirements based on course offerings and student experience. Please contact the program for further assistance.
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