Brew Academy

Brew Academy at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute

Brew Academy at the CFWI

Offered as a one-week intensive program or individual courses; Canada’s first Teaching Brewery delivers extensive hands-on training in an on-site, state-of-the-art facility.


Brew Academy courses can be taken in any order. Classes are scheduled throughout the year. Register online through our secure Part-Time Studies registration system by clicking your course title of choice below. Available classes and schedule details will be listed. Each module is $195.00 + tax per student.


Module 1: Day in the Brewery

Join our team of brewing experts, as you step foot inside the amazing brewing facilities at CFWI. You will spend a day within the brewery and experience the role of a brewmaster first hand. As a team, you will be guided through a specific style of beer, and follow the process through from start to finish. The course will cover topics such as:

  • Brewery operations
  • Process of brewing
  • How to choose yeast and hop varieties

Module 2: Brew Production

In this course, our brew experts will highlight all the elements involved in producing a wonderful product. This
course will create an in-depth discussion regarding the following topics:

  • Yeasts and yeast types
  • Fermentation process
  • Maturation
  • Filtration and finishing

Module 3: Discover Brew Ingredients

Join our brew experts as they showcase a variety of beer ingredients such as Barley/Malts, HOPS, Yeasts, Fruits & Spices. The course will also encompass the overall brewing process from start to finish, with an element of brew sensory. This portion of the course will guide the taster through:

  • Basic tastes of sour, sweet, salty and bitter
  • Overall taste, aroma, mouthfeel, and appearance

Module 4: Brew Packaging

Join our brew experts as they deliver some great insight into beer packaging as well as packaging line techniques.
This course will discuss the following topics:

  • Intro to bottles, cans and kegs
  • Packing options and considerations
  • Packing line layouts / equipment involved
  • Quality concerns and cleaning
  • Start up and shut down procedures
  • Considerations on maintenance and shelf life

Module 5: Brewery Trends, Operations & Health and Safety

Join our Brewery Experts in this half day session which will lead you through top trends in the brew industry. The course will cover Health & Safety components, as well as, how to reduce operating costs for breweries.

  • Leading industry trends
  • Intro to total quality management
  • HACCP
  • Food safety programs
  • SGS Canada BRC (brewing perspective)
  • Green brewing initiatives

Student brewer checks a reading
Hops and grain
Students stirring grain

General Inquiries

expertedge@niagaracollege.ca