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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 fermentation science. Michael Lewis, Ph.D., professor emeritus of brewing science, has led the brewing programs at UC Davis for more than 30 years. Throughout his prestigious career, Lewis has authored over 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, is a senior member of the International Brewers Guild and was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Brewing in London.

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.

The brewing programs offered through UC Davis Extension are world-renowned and the only North American programs accredited by the prestigious Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London. In addition, UC Davis Extension is the only institution in the country—and one of only three in the world—to provide a university-level qualification in brewing science and brewery engineering.

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.