Business of Craft Beer

The Business of Craft Beer Program

Craft beer is part of a profound shift in national beer culture, as small and independent brewers deepen their connection to craft beer enthusiasts, while continuing to attract new consumers. Chicagoland is proving to be a significant segment of this booming business, with the steady expansion of local craft breweries in the city and suburbs.

Explore the craft beer business and gain the knowledge you need to get started in this exciting industry, with Business of Craft Beer Program offered by College of DuPage Continuing Education. This hands-on program focuses on the business of craft beer, with curriculum developed by key figures in the Chicago craft beer industry and courses conducted at College of DuPage. 

Samplings will be included with the courses; students must be 21 years of age to attend. 

Level 1: Craft Beer Industry Professional Program Track

    • Foundations of Craft Beer (optional)
    • Introduction to the Craft Beer Industry
    • Promoting Beer as a Brand Ambassador
    • Front-of-House Beer Management
    • An elective
    • Craft Beer Industry Capstone

Students can choose to take all courses within one term or take specific courses at their own pace over several terms. Those interested in the Craft Beer Industry Professional Program can participate in the track of courses in the Fall of 2017 or Spring of 2018. The Craft Beer Entrepreneurship track will be offered in spring of 2018. 

Students who complete the Introduction to the Craft Beer Industry course will be eligible to take the Cicerone® Certified Beer Service Exam at a discounted rate of $29. 

Advisory Board

Key figures in craft beer from the Chicago area serve on the Business of Craft Beer Program advisory board to identify course content, develop curriculum and instruct courses.

Upcoming Courses

Craft Beer Industry Professional Track

Register for the following courses over the course of 16-week as one complete program.

  • Introduction to the Craft Beer Industry
  • Front of House Beer Management
  • Promoting Beer as a Brand Ambassador
  • Beer Sales and Distribution (Elective)
  • Business of Craft Beer Capstone 

Complete program dates:
Fall Term: Aug. 29 to Dec. 11, 2017
PROED-0011-599, $1,399 

Beer Sales and Distribution (Elective)

Learn all aspects of selling beer from those experience din the industry. Gain knowledge about how to increase beverages sales while giving the customer a great experience, and discover how this leads to greater revenue for the business.  Discuss distributor management, inventory management and volume metrics. Learn how the three-tier system works in the real world and how you can be successful within it.

Monday, Nov. 6 to Dec. 11, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-555, $279
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Business of Craft Beer Capstone

Complete your training with this final capstone course, which will synthesize previous coursework into a final product. Gain hands-on experience in the industry, showcase your knowledge and display your abilities. Network with industry professional and prepare for potential employment opportunities. Please note: Prior to enrolling in this course, you must complete four of the required courses or have permission from the program manager. 

Wednesday, Nov. 1 to Dec. 6, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-560, $279 (no class Nov. 22)
On campus in Glen Ellyn 

Employment opportunities in the craft beer industry are available through the three-tier system of brewers, wholesalers and retailers, as well as associated fields. This growing industry saw a 15% increase in operating breweries in 2015, with 4,269 breweries in the U.S.

Small brewing companies employed approximately 121,843 people in 2015; a 5.5% increase in the job market. This increase triggers growth for distributors, hospitality and retail sectors, as well.  A 16% growth in craft beer sales in 2015 indicates that employment opportunities will continue to grow (

Contact Us
To learn more, contact Danielle Kuglin Seago, program manager, at (630) 942-2412 or

Program Involvement
If you are interested in teaching courses for the Business of Craft Beer training program or hosting a course at your facility, please contact Danielle Kuglin Seago, program manager, at (630) 942-2412 or

College of DuPage Continuing Education
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208

Contact Continuing Education

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Fall 2017 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes or the Spring 2018 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Business of Craft Beer

COD Continuing Education is currently offering the Business of Craft Beer Program. Focusing on the business of the industry, this program features hands-on courses conducted at local breweries and at COD.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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