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Brewing at UC Davis Extension

Since 1958, UC Davis has offered a unique specialization in brewing science as part of its undergraduate degree program in food science and technology. Michael Lewis, Ph.D., professor emeritus of brewing science, led the brewing programs at UC Davis for more than 30 years. Throughout his prestigious career, Lewis authored more than 100 scholarly papers and co-authored the flagship text Brewing. In addition, he has been honored by the Award of Merit of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and the Brewers Association’s Recognition Award. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London and a recipient of the UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award.

In response to the demand for condensed technical training programs in brewing science, UC Davis Extension and Lewis collaborated to create several professional brewing programs in 1991. The purpose of these programs was to teach a variety of skills that are required in the brewing industry.

Led by renowned instructors Michael Lewis, Ph.D., and Charles Bamforth, Ph.D., D.Sc., UC Davis Extension’s brewing programs are the only North American programs accredited by the prestigious Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London.

With the continued growth of the brewing industry nationwide and world-wide, owners and managers of major breweries, microbreweries and brew pubs can no longer afford to consider hiring untrained brewing staff. Employers continue to seek professionals who have been trained in the science and engineering of running a brewery operation, as well as those who know and understand the demands of the brewing industry.

Not only do our graduates gain unparalleled expertise in brewing science, technology and engineering, but they also go on to become leaders in the brewing industry. Discover for yourself the most comprehensive brewing education programs—and join our tradition of excellence.