Craft Beer Industry Professional Track

Upcoming Courses

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

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. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 15 to 22, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-580, $149
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128
Instructor: Marty Nachel 

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. 

Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 27 to Sept. 19, 6 to 9 p.m. 
PROED-0011-550, $349
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128
Instructors: Don DiBrita & Marty Nachel 

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

Monday, Nov. 4 to Dec. 9, 6 to 9 p.m. 
PROED-0011-553, $299
Skeleton Key Brewery, Woodridge, IL 
Instructors: Emily Slayton & Paul Slayton, Skeleton Key Brewery

Learn all aspects of selling beer from those experienced in the industry. Gain knowledge about how to increase beverage 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 wold and how you can be successful within it. 

Tuesday, Sept. 24 to Oct. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-555, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128


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. 

Offered in Spring 2020 

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, Sept. 26 to Oct. 31, 6 to 9 p.m.
PROED-0011-552, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128
Instructor: Don DiBrita

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, Oct. 30 to Dec. 4, 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 

Program Dates

Aug. 15 to Dec. 9, 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

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 Us

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