Craft Beer Entrepreneurship Track

Spring class dates adjusted in response to Coronavirus. Please check here for further updates.


The Real Business of Craft Beer - 4 classes remaining on Tuesday, Aug. 25 to Sept. 15 6 to 9 p.m.
Craft Beer Entrepreneurship - 3 classes remaining on Thursday, Aug. 27 to Sept. 17, 6 to 9 p.m.
Beer Production - Monday, Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, 6 to 9 p.m.
Business of Craft Beer Capstone - Wednesday, Nov. 4 to Dec. 9, 6 to 9 p.m.


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.

Next offering Spring 2021, dates TBA        
PROED-0011-581, $149

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.

Next offering Spring 2021, dates TBA
PROED-0011-550, $349

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.

Remaining 4 Spring 2020 classes, Aug. 27 to Sept. 17, 6 to 9 pm  
PROED-0011-559, $299

Instructor: Joseph Tota, Red Arrow/Tapville

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. 

Remaining 4 Spring 2020 classes, Aug. 25 to Sept. 15    
PROED-0011-551, $299

Instructors: Lisa Gregor, Church Street Brewing and Marc Wilson, Oswego Brewing

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, Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, 6 to 9 pm
PROED-0011-563, $299

Instructor: Marc Wilson, Oswego Brewing

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, Nov. 4 to Dec. 9, 6 to 9 pm  
PROED-0011-560, $299

Instructors: Vikki Reid, Buckledown Brewing and Emily Slayton, Skeleton Key Brewery

Program Dates

Fall 2020 will be finishing the track that started in Spring 2020
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

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 Jenifer Walsh, Program Manager, at (630) 942-3045 or

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


Contact Us

To learn more, contact Jenifer Walsh, Program Manager, at (630) 942-3045 or