Check out what’s on tap at Eastfield College. With support from more than 20 local brewery partners, the Journeyman Brewer Program offers a hands-on certificate that will give current and aspiring brewery personnel the skills to meet the needs of the growing beer industry.
Technical Brewer requires one-year of practical brewing experience and the completion of the Journeyman Brewer Certificate or passing an assessment test. Classes are self-paced. There is a mandatory practicum component that must be completed by the end of each program.
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Topping 48 other states, the Texas craft beer industry contributed more than $2.3 billion to the Texas economy, according to a study released by the Brewers Association (BA), a national nonprofit trade association representing independent craft breweries in the United States.
Texas ranked number two nationwide, trailing only California, in the impact craft breweries have on state economies. The study tracked craft beer as it flows through the three-tier system (from manufacturer to distributor to the retail tier), along with items such as food and merchandise that are sold in brewpubs and brewery taprooms.
The Brewers Association’s findings echo a 2012 study analyzing the economic impact of craft brewing in Texas, commissioned by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, a nonprofit trade association representing most Texas craft breweries for advocacy and promotion of Texas craft beer. The Guild’s study projected a potential economic impact of $5.6 billion by 2020.
According to the BA study, the Texas craft brewing industry delivered impressive results:
The BA study also ranked Texas 34th nationally for economic impact on a per capita basis for adults 21 or older in the state. This finding clearly demonstrates that while Texas ranks among the leaders when assessing raw economic impact, there remains significant room for growth.
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The Eastfield College Brewery Program is the only one of its kind in the southern region of the United States. It provides highly qualified employees for the workforce’s demand for certified brewers in the booming craft beer industry in Texas and the region. It does so through face to face, hybrid and online instruction. Specifically, the Journeyman Brewer Program directly partners with more than 20 local breweries that provide live learning labs at their facilities for 40 percent of the instruction, with the other 60 percent happening at Eastfield through a traditional classroom setting. Since its creation, the EFC Brewery Program has produced a 98 percent job placement rate and will continue to do so by expanding its partnerships. The pairings of these classes are a pipeline that enables the hobby-beer-lover to become a head brewmaster and/or craft-beer business owner.
Looking to earn more? A career as a journeyman or technical brewer can start you on a the path to a great career in business.