A degree is typically required for entry into the role of a technical brewer. Relevant subjects include:
The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) at Heriot-Watt University is the only organisation in the UK to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in brewing and distilling.
Postgraduate courses may be useful for those who do not have a related first degree. The University of Nottingham offers a Masters in brewing science but other subjects that may include brewing, such as biotechnology may also be helpful. The University of Sheffield offers an MSc in Mircrobrewing for science and engineering graduates.
Entry without a degree may be possible at the level of production assistant or brewery technician and it may then be possible to work up to the role of technical brewer with experience and further qualifications. The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) offers a range of training courses including the Fundamentals of Distilling and Fundamentals of Brewing and Packaging, which are useful for those who need more experience.
Pre-entry experience in a brewing environment is useful. The larger breweries may be able to offer work placements or shadowing opportunities. Management skills are also highly valued so any experience that demonstrates these skills will also be advantageous.
Candidates need to show evidence of the following:
Some large brewery companies operate graduate recruitment schemes but places are limited and company websites should be checked for details of vacancies.
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