Craft Beer Industry Professional Track

Upcoming Courses

Register for the following courses over the course of 16-week as one complete program.

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. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 23 to 30, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-580, $149
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119
Instructor: Marty Nachel 

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. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 4 to 27, 6 to 9 p.m. 
PROED-0011-550, $349
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128
Instructors: Don DiBrita & Marty Nachel 

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

Monday, April 13 to May 18, 6 to 9 p.m. 
PROED-0011-553, $299
Skeleton Key Brewery, Woodridge, IL 
Instructors: Emily Slayton & Paul Slayton, Skeleton Key Brewery

Focus on the intricacies of the three-tier system of craft beer. This course helps prepare participants to navigate and discern Illinois liquor laws and regulations, margins and inventory, supplier management and brands and sales strategies.

Tuesday, Mar. 3 to April 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-551, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128


Learn about the production of beer, from material management, to brewing schedules, packaging product and managing product distribution. This course will help to navigate the many processes involved with operations for creating beer and getting it out to your consumer.

Monday, April 13 to May 18, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-563, $299
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) Room 1426

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. 

Tuesday, Mar. 3 to 24, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-557, $299
On Campus in Glen Ellyn



Learn from experienced entrepreneurs in the industry about what is needed to start your own craft beer focused business.

Thursday, Mar. 5 to Apr. 9, 7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-559, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC) Room 1128


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. 

Thursday, Mar. 5 to Apr. 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-552, $299
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) Room 1A07
Instructor: Don DiBrita

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. 

Wednesday, April 15 to May 27, 6 to 9 p.m. 
PROED-0011-560, $299
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) Room 1439 and off-campus locations
Instructor: Vikki Reid, BuckleDown Brewing Company 

Program Dates

January 23 to May 27, 2020
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

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

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

Contact Us

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