Students in a brewery classroom listening to an instructor


The VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) has partnered with the VCU School of Business, VCU Brandcenter, VCU College of Engineering, VCU Department of Biology, and other on-campus and industry partners to offer the VCU Craft Beer Certificate Program, a noncredit certificate of completion in the art of craft beer. The program provides an exciting opportunity for knowledge expansion of the craft beer industry.  Learn more by sampling a course with the RVA Beer Guy, Lee Graves. His Richmond Beer Essentials session is part of our FREE 3rd Wednesdays Community Series in June. RSVP today!

  • In the Essentials of Craft Beer course, you will learn about the types and styles of craft beer, the history of each, and the regional history of craft beer. The course is offered at a local brewery and provides for the opportunity to taste a variety of types and styles of beer. After two evenings, you will walk away with a new understanding and love for craft beer. All materials and tastings are included in the registration fee.
  • Students in the Business of Craft Beer program earn a Certificate of Completion from VCU; a certificate for licensee training completion with the Virginia ABC; and a Craft Brewers Guild Quality and Safety Certificate in partnership with the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. This unique experience merges classroom lectures with laboratory work and hands-on experiences. Check back for our Fall 2019 dates!

Courses and events are limited to participants who are 21 years of age and over. A valid state issued driver’s license or identification card will be required to participate in the Essentials of Craft Beer and the Business of Craft Beer.

Ask about our VCU Alumni, employee, and military discounts.

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