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Online Beer Quality: Freshness

Learn at your own pace how to achieve flavor stability in your products from a pioneer in beer freshness. In a series of entertaining, hugely informative and easily understandable video lessons, Charlie Bamforth will take you through a discussion of why (and whether) flavor stability matters, the positive and negative changes that can occur in beer over time and why these changes occur. You’ll also learn how to assess flavor change using your senses and other relatively simple methods, how to address raw materials and process in enhancing stability and how to prevent the skunking of 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

Jul 08 to Oct 04

Section Notes

Enroll now through July 28. Passwords will be issued starting July 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


FRESHNESS: Practical Guides for Beer Quality, by Charles W Bamforth
Please order the book from 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 to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

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