Craft Beer Industry Professional Track


August 13 to December 11
18 weeks, 2 nights per week, 6 to 9 p.m
Students can choose to take all courses within one track in a single term or take specific courses at their own pace.

Call to register and receive the bundled fee of $1,599 at (630) 942-2208

Learn to navigate beer tradition, beer styles and terminology. This course covers an overview of brewing, beer history and traditional beer styles, as well as an introduction to food and beer pairing ideas. 

Fall Dates: Thursday and Tuesday, Aug. 13 to Aug. 20, 6 to 9 p.m.     
Instructor: Marty Nachel, Beer author and judge

Gain an overview of the craft beer industry, including the various roles involved and how they work together. Cover all of the basics of beer, from brewing history and beer ingredients to how beer is brewed. Also, explore beer styles, off-flavor tastings, beer evaluation, terminology and equipment. Students who pass this course will be eligible to take the Certified Beer Server® exam at a discounted rate of $29. This course is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone® Certification Program. 

Fall Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 25 to Sep. 17, 6 to 9 p.m.      
Instructors: Marty Nachel, Beer author and judge, Don DiBrita, Craft to Craft  Marketing

Gain a working knowledge of social media and promotions. Develop skills you can use in the taproom, at events, and online. Discuss branding, messaging, audience, social media platforms, basic strategy, and image and video creation.

Fall Dates: Thursday, Sept. 24 to Oct. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.      
Instructor: Don DiBrita, Craft to Craft Marketing

Join us on a six-week journey through the art of pairing beer and food. Learn about beer ingredients, styles and flavors. Each week you will be led through a tasting session. By the end of the course, gain and understanding of how flavors in food and beer complement each other and the knowledge to choose the right beer to accompany your meal.

Fall Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 23 to Oct. 14, 6 to 9 p.m.  
Instructors: Eddie Aguilar, Roaming Hog and Chris Gindo, Gindo's Spice of Life

Learn all the aspects of selling beer from those experienced in the industry. Gain knowledge about how to increase beverage sales while giving the customer a great experience, and discover how this leads to greater revenue for the business. Discuss distributor management and volume metrics. Learn to be successful within the three-tier system.

Fall dates: Tuesday, Sept. 22 to Oct. 27, 6 to 9 p.m.                           Instructor: Dave Olson, 1031 Marketing

Cover topics related to taproom/brewpub management, including: draught maintenance, staff management, guest relations, beer fest logistics and alcohol server best practices.

Fall Dates: Monday, Nov. 2 to Dec. 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
Instructors: Emily Slayton & Paul Slayton, Skeleton Key Brewery

Complete your training with this final capstone course, which will synthesize previous coursework into a final product. Gain hands-on experience in the industry, showcase your knowledge and display your abilities. Network with industry professional and prepare for potential employment opportunities. Exclusive volunteer experience as a part of Illinois Craft Beer Week incorporated into course curriculum. Please note: Prior to enrolling in this course, you must complete four of the required courses or have permission from the program manager. 

Fall Dates: Wednesday, Nov. 4 to Dec. 9, 6 to 9 p.m.  
Instructors: Vikki Reid, Buckledown Brewery, Emily Slayton, Skeleton Key Brewery

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 Jenifer Walsh program manager, at (630) 942-3045 or

Contact Us

To learn more, contact Jenifer Walsh, program manager, at (630) 942-3045 or

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