Craft Beer Industry Professional Track

Upcoming Courses

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

Complete program dates:

Thursday, Jan. 24 to May 29, 2019
18 weeks, 2 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. 

Introduction to the Craft Beer Industry 

Gain 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. 

Front of House Beer Management

Cover topics related to taproom/brewpub management, including: draught maintenance, staff management, guest relations, beer fest logistics and alcohol server best practices. 

Monday, April 15 to May 20, 6 to 9 p.m. 
PROED-0011-553, $299
Skeleton Key Brewery, Woodridge, IL 
Instructors: Emily Slayton and Paul Slayton, Skeleton Key Brewery

Food and Beer Pairing (Elective)

Join us on a six-week journey through the art of pairing beer and food. Learn about beer ingredients, styles and flavors. Each week you will be led through a tasting session. By the end of the course, gain and understanding of how flavors in food and beer complement each other and the knowledge to choose the right beer to accompany your meal. 

Tuesday, March 12 to April 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-557, $299
On campus in Glen Ellyn 

Promoting Beer

Gain a working knowledge of social media and promotions. Develop skills you can use in the taproom, at events and online. Discuss branding, messaging, audience, social media platforms, basic strategy, and image and video creation. 

Thursday, March 7 to April 11, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-552, $299
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1A07
Instructor: Don DiBrita, Beer Dogging 

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 experience as a part of Illinois Craft Beer Week incorporated into 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.