Certificate in Beer Essentials

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The craft beer industry has rapidly expanded in recent years, and the number of breweries worldwide has skyrocketed. For bar and restaurant operators, this means customers now expect different beer choices than they've traditionally been given. For customers, enthusiasts, and home hobbyists, it means a broader selection of ingredients to brew beer and expansive flavor profiles to taste and explore.

This certificate program provides an end-to-end understanding of beer production, tasting, and selection needed to establish an effective beer program in a commercial setting; or complete this certificate to simply increase your knowledge, understanding, and ability to appreciate beer. From ingredients and process to sensory analysis, to serving, training, and sales, you will gain meaningful insight into today’s evolving beer industry from leading experts.

The courses in this certificate will equip you to...

  • Determine how the production process impacts beer styles
  • Learn to taste beers and do a sensory analysis
  • Complete analysis to inform an educated decision around establishing a beer program
  • Build a beer menu
  • Have a positive impact on beer sales through training and education

Certificate Information

This certificate has 4 online courses requiring ~40 hours to complete.

This program is intended for use by persons of legal drinking ages under the relevant applicable laws where they reside. Purchase of supplies, such as beer malt, is required to enjoy the highly experiential nature of this course.


Who Should Take This Certificate Series?

This certificate series is designed for owners and managers of restaurants, hotels and breweries; bartenders, servers, and other food and beverage professionals; Brewers, including home brewers, beer enthusiasts, and professionals looking to invest in a brewery.


Participants who successfully complete all 4 courses in this certificate series will receive a Certificate in Beer Essentials from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Participants will also receive 40 Professional Development Hours (4 CEUs).

Price: $1,500.00 (USD)

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