Portland State University says it has created the nation's first certificate program focused on the business of craft brewing.
"There are several good programs in the U.S. that teach how to brew, but none that focus on the business skills it takes to run a craft brewery, distillery or cider facilities,” Mellie Pullman, a Portland State professor and a former brewer, said in a prepared statement. "That's where we come in."
The online program, called the "Business of Craft Brewing," includes four required courses: basic business for craft brewers, craft beverage business management, strategic craft beverage marketing, and finance and accounting for the craft brewery. The cost for the certificate is $2,796.
There are two optional courses: an immersion weekend takes students to tour breweries, and a final project that offers a 40-hour supervised internship with one of the Portland State partners. The industry partners include Widmer Brothers, Rogue Ales, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Bull Run Distilling, Migration Ales, Western Malting, JV Northwest, Metalcraft Fabrication and Captured by Porches.
“No place in the U.S. has the concentration of quality, innovative craft brewers as Portland,” School of Business Dean Scott Dawson said in a prepared statement. “It just makes sense that we help entrepreneurs become more successful by providing them real-world training and exposure to industry professionals.”
The entire program is online and noncredit, the university said. Anyone interested in taking the class can sign up at www.pdx.edu/professional-development/bcb or contact Kristen Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.