New Brewing Science & Production Certificate: Delivered Online

Brewing Science & Production featured on Axios Twin Cities

Axios Twin Cities published a story by Tori Van Oot about the Brewing Science & Production program at Dakota County Technical College May 8, 2024.

Minnesota college expands brewing degree with online-only course

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Dakota County Technical College’s beer degree is going digital.

Why it matters: The Minnesota school’s new online-only Brewing Science and Production certificate trains aspiring brewers, regardless of where they live or the hours they work.

The big picture: Stagnating consumption and production have sparked closures and consolidations across the Twin Cities’ once-booming craft beer scene.


The following DCTC News post was originally published March 25, 2024:

Online asynchronous 16-credit certificate program designed for new brewers as well as for working brewers seeking advanced knowledge

Dakota County Technical College is offering a new 16-credit Brewing Science & Production certificate starting in fall semester 2024. Andrew Burns, the instructor for the college’s Brewing Science & Production program, reported that the new certificate is an online asynchronous program.

Andrew Burns

“The new online certificate is aimed at anyone who wants to work in the brewing industry or is already working at a brewery and wants to improve their knowledge of brewing science and industry best practices,” Andrew said. “The certificate uses the same curriculum as the in-person, 21-credit Applied Brewing Science & Production certificate program and covers every stage of the production process—from hot side to packaging. Students will pair the theoretical knowledge they acquire with internship hours for hands-on learning.”

Andrew added that students will complete the new online certificate program over the course of two semesters, fall and then spring. All classes are taught online except for BREW 2960 and BREW 2970, which are in-person internships.

More about Andrew Burns…

Andrew Burns has nearly a decade of experience in the business of brewing beer, having started in the homebrewing industry. Andrew moved up to commercial brewing at the small scale at Chapel Brewing before advancing to large-scale brewing at Pryes Brewing Company.

Andrew began teaching at DCTC in 2022. He brings a wealth of brewing industry experience, knowledge, and best practices to his students as the college’s brewing science and production instructor.

Brewing Science & Production
16-credit Certificate Program
Online asynchronous

All classes are taught online except for BREW 2960 and BREW 2970.


First Year: Fall Semester

BREW 1000: Introduction to Brewing and Beer Steward: 2 credits
BREW 1101: Science of Brewing and Fermentation: 2 credits
BREW 2960: Fall Brewing Internship: 2 credits
Total semester credits: 6

First Year: Spring Semester

BREW 1201: Raw Materials and Brewing Process: 3 credits
BREW 1350: Beer Production, Packaging, and Quality Control: 3 credits
BREW 2970: Internship: 4 credits

Total semester credits: 10
Total Credits: 16

Brewing Science & Production Datasheet
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must provide a copy of the front and back of their Driver’s License and must be age 21 or older by the program enrollment start date.

Andrew Burns on the benefits of a formal brewing education

Basic Brewing Radio™

January 11, 2024: Formal Brewing Education

James talks to Andrew Burns of Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota about his course to bring homebrewers to the professional level.

iTunes | Streaming mp3


Episode 144 | Getting An Education In Brewing & Beer w/ Andrew Burns

Andrew Burns, Brewing and Beer Steward Instructor at Dakota County Technical College, joins Cade in the lab to discuss myriad options for getting a brewing education, from certificate programs and 4-year degrees to learning on the job, and they also chat about getting that first job in the industry.

BeerSmith™ Home Brewing Blog

Technical Brewing Programs with Andrew Burns – BeerSmith Podcast #297

Learn more about the new online asynchronous Brewing Science & Production certificate at DCTC by contacting:

Andrew Burns
Brewing Science & Production Faculty
Dakota County Technical College

Dakota County Technical College
Room 2-110