Technical Brewing Programs with Andrew Burns – BeerSmith Podcast #297

by Brad Smith on January 30, 2024 · 0 comments

Andrew Burns joins me this week from Dakota County Technical College to talk about brewing education programs for working professionals.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (50:15)

  • This week I welcome Andrew Burns who is a brewing instructor at Dakota County Technical College, where he runs a 1 year brewing science and production certificate program targeting working adults.
  • Andrew tells us a bit about his brewing experience as a production brewer and head brewer as well as making the transition from home to professional brewer.
  • We discuss Dakota County Tech which is located near Minneapolis-St Paul, and Andrew introduces us to their one year brewing science certificate program.
  • We discuss someone young looking to become a pro brewer and how a focused program like this can give you the expertise needed.
  • Andrew explains the major topics covered in his program and we go into detail on each of them.
  • We discuss the science of brewing and how that is taught at Dakota County Tech
  • He talks about their practical and hands-on section and also how he incorporates internships at local breweries as part of the program.
  • I have Andrew talk a bit about his brewing education and how it compares with his program.
  • Andrew and I briefly discuss higher level (Bachelors and above) education programs and how certain professionals in the brewing industry can gain from these programs.
  • We talk about both the cost and return on this type of program and how a relatively small investment in a technical program can deliver a good return in terms of starting at a production brewery.
  • Andrew shares his closing thoughts.


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