Business of Craft Beer

The Business of Craft Beer Program

Craft beer is part of a profound shift in national beer culture, as small and independent brewers deepen their connection to craft beer enthusiasts, while continuing to attract new consumers. Chicagoland is proving to be a significant segment of this booming business, with the steady expansion of local craft breweries in the city and suburbs.

Explore the craft beer business and gain the knowledge you need to get started in this exciting industry, with Business of Craft Beer Program offered by College of DuPage Continuing Education. This hands-on, premier beer education program focuses on the business of craft beer, with curriculum developed by key figures in the Chicago industry and courses conducted at College of DuPage. 

Samplings will be included with the courses; students must be 21 years of age to attend. 

Level 1: Craft Beer Industry Professional Program Track

  • Foundations of Craft Beer 
  • Introduction to the Craft Beer Industry
  • Promoting Beer as a Brand Ambassador
  • Front-of-House Beer Management
  • An elective
  • Craft Beer Industry Capstone

Level 1: Craft Beer Entrepreneurship Program Track

  • Foundations of Craft Beer
  • Introduction to the Craft Beer Industry
  • The Real Business of Craft Beer
  • Craft Beer Entrepreneurship
  • An elective
  • Craft Beer Industry Capstone

Students can choose to take all courses within one term or take specific courses at their own pace over several terms. Those interested in the Craft Beer Industry Professional Program can participate in the track of courses in the spring and fall semesters. The Craft Beer Entrepreneurship track will be offered in the spring. 

Students who complete the Introduction to the Craft Beer Industry course will be eligible to take the Cicerone® Certified Beer Service Exam at a discounted rate of $29. 

More Spring Courses

Beer Evaluation

Learn how to judge beer competently and confidently from a professional and experience beer judge.

Wednesday, March 7 to April 4, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-590, $199
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Advisory Board

Key figures in craft beer from the Chicago area serve on the Business of Craft Beer Program advisory board to identify course content, develop curriculum and instruct courses.


Employment opportunities in the craft beer industry are available through the three-tier system of brewers, wholesalers and retailers, as well as associated fields. This growing industry saw a 15% increase in operating breweries in 2015, with 4,269 breweries in the U.S.

Small brewing companies employed approximately 121,843 people in 2015; a 5.5% increase in the job market. This increase triggers growth for distributors, hospitality and retail sectors, as well.  A 16% growth in craft beer sales in 2015 indicates that employment opportunities will continue to grow (

Contact Us
To learn more, contact Danielle Kuglin Seago, program manager, at (630) 942-2412 or

Program Involvement
If you are interested in teaching courses for the Business of Craft Beer training program or hosting a course at your facility, please contact Danielle Kuglin Seago, program manager, at (630) 942-2412 or

College of DuPage Continuing Education
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208

Contact Continuing Education

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Spring 2018 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Business of Craft Beer Program at COD


Business of Craft Beer

COD Continuing Education is currently offering the Business of Craft Beer Program. Focusing on the business of the industry, this program features hands-on courses conducted at local breweries and at COD.


  • Faculty Spotlight: Paul Slayton

    Paul SlaytonContinuing Education

    “I just hope that beyond the knowledge we impart to our students, they can take something away from our experience to make their journey into craft beer easier and fulfilling. The community we have among craft breweries in our area is incredible! We share ideas, work on collaborations and always send customers to each other’s tap rooms to try new and interesting beers and meet amazing people.”

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