Craft Beer Entrepreneurship Track

Upcoming Courses

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

  • Foundations of Craft Beer
  • Introduction to the Craft Beer Industry
  • The Real Business of Craft Beer
  • Craft Beer Entrepreneurship
  • Beer Production (Elective)
  • Business of Craft Beer Capstone

Complete program dates:

Thursday, Jan. 24 to May 29, 2019
18 weeks, two nights per week, 6 to 9 p.m
Students can choose to take all courses within one track in a single term or take specific courses at their own pace.    
Call to register and receive the bundled fee of $1,599 at (630) 942-2208

Foundations of Craft Beer

Learn to navigate beer tradition, beer styles and terminology. This course covers an overview of brewing, beer history and traditional beer styles, as well as an introduction to food and beer pairing ideas.

Thursday and Tuesday, Jan. 24 to 31, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-581, $149
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128
Instructor: Marty Nachel, Beer Author

Introduction to the Craft Beer Industry

This course features an overview of the craft beer industry, including the various roles involved and how they work together. Cover all of the basics of beer, from brewing history and beer ingredients to how beer is brewed. Also, explore beer styles, off-flavor tastings, beer evaluation, terminology and equipment. Students who pass this course will be eligible to take the Certified Beer Server® exam at a discounted rate of $29. This course is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone® Certification Program.

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 5 to 28, 6 to 9 p.m. 
PROED-0011-550, $349
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128
Instructors: Don DiBrita, Beer Dogging, and Marty Nachel, Beer Author

Craft Beer Entrepreneurship

Learn from experienced entrepreneurs in the industry about what is needed to start your own craft beer-focused business. This course shares what is needed to start with an idea and bring it to life, including relevant business laws and legalities and infrastructure. Students emerge with strategies on opening and operating a beer-centric business. A reading list is provided two weeks prior to the start of class for registered students.

Thursday, March 7 to April 11, 7 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-559, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

The Real Business of Craft Beer

Focus on the intricacies of the three-tier system of craft beer. This course helps participants navigate and discern Illinois liquor laws and regulations, margins and inventory, supplier management and brands and sales strategy. 

Tuesday, March 5 to April 9, 6 to 9 p.m. 
PROED-0011-551, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128
Instructors: James Bigler, Alter Brewing Company and Scott Struchen, Tangled Roots Brewing Company  

Beer Production

Learn about the production of beer from material managements and ingredients, to brewing schedules, packaging product and managing product distribution. This course will help to navigate the many processes involved with operations for creating beer and getting it to your consumer. 

Monday, April 15 to May 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-563, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128 and off-campus locations
Instructor: Marc Wilson, Oswego Brewing Company 

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. Exclusive volunteer experiences during Illinois Craft Beer Week included in course curriculum. Please note: Prior to enrolling in this course, you must complete four of the required courses or have permission from the program manager.

Wednesday, April 17 to May 29, 6 to 9 p.m. 
PROED-0011-560, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119 and off-campus locations
Instructor: Vikki Reid, BuckleDown Brewing Company 

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 Summer 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

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

Summer Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.