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Online Beer Quality: Foam

Learn at your own pace from “The Pope of Foam” how to ensure excellent foam performance on your beers. In a series of entertaining, hugely informative and easily understandable video lessons, Charlie Bamforth will lead you through a discussion of why foam is important. Examine the underpinning physics and chemistry, how to measure foam, how the raw materials and process impact head retention and how to prevent over-foaming, otherwise known as gushing. You will learn how to systematically interpret and rectify poor foam performance.

Students who successfully complete this course will earn a digital badge, demonstrating their proficiency and advanced education in the subject are. The skill-level digital badge represents a mastery of foam and its scientific relationship and performance in a quality beer.


Charles Bamforth, Ph.D., D.Sc., is distinguished professor emeritus at UC Davis and senior quality advisor to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. He has more than 40 years of academic and professional brewing expertise, including senior roles with Brewing Research International and Bass Brewers. He is honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. A fellow of several organizations, including the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), Bamforth recently retired as editor in chief of the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) and has published extensively on beer and brewing. He is recipient of the ASBC's Award of Distinction and is past president of the IBD.

Online Schedule

Apr 08 to Jul 05

Section Notes

Enroll now through April 28.  Passwords will be issued starting April 8.


Fee $385.00

Special Discounts

CAAA Member Discount: Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Course Materials


FOAM: Practical Guides for Beer Qaulity, by Charles W Bamforth
Purchase the textbook at the link below. To receive a 10% discount, use promo code UCDE10 during checkout. *If you are a member of the ASBC, login to your ASBC account to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.

Enrollment Policies

Refunds for this course must be requested within two weeks after the start date. The refund processing fee is $30. Click here or visit to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

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"Anyone who wants to make sure they're streamlining every part of their process in order to stabilize head retention will walk away from this course feeling confident in their abilities to do so. I feel both prepared to check the efficacy of our own processes and confidently well-rounded in trouble-shooting after just eight weeks of study, and am sure other breweries will find great value in both his textbook and his lectures."

Stephanie Messina, brewer, Yolo Brewing Company