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The SDSU craft beer program has been off the charts since its inception in fall 2013. The SDSU craft beer program has been off the charts since its inception in fall 2013.
 


Mastering the Art of Craft Beer

SDSU’s Craft Beer Education Camp has global appeal.
By Steve Dolan
 

Beer enthusiasts from as far away as Brazil, Colombia and Western Australia will be attending the new, comprehensive Craft Beer Education Camp offered through San Diego State University’s Business of Craft Beer certificate program this summer.

Attendees are also coming from Alabama, Arizona, California, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

What’s the draw?

The SDSU craft beer program has been off the charts since its inception in fall 2013, with courses selling out in minutes.

The program’s popularity mirrors the booming craft beer industry in San Diego, which is currently the Craft Beer Capital of the U.S. That’s according to the latest list compiled by West Coaster. San Diego is home to 129 craft beer breweries and 23 additional ones  are currently in the works.

Students can choose from two options to build up their beer knowledge. First is SDSU’s Craft Beer Connoisseur Camp held July 24 to August 1, which offers intensive preparation for industry exams such as Cicerone® and BJCP. The second is Brewery Startup Camp from August 2-10, providing all the knowledge and tools attendees need to launch a brewery. Each course offers eight glorious days of hands-on learning and tasting, and one free day to explore San Diego. Three students liked the camp options so much, they decided to attend both camps.

“If they’re new to craft beer, we will ignite their passion,” said instructor “Dr.” Bill Sysak, the craft beer ambassador for Stone Brewing Co. “If they’ve been around the industry for a while, we will fan the flame that originally got them into craft beer.”

All courses were developed by instructors and advisory board members of SDSU's Professional Certificate program – a who's who of San Diego craft-beer industry superstars – to ensure the most relevant training.

For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378.