HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Want to learn to brew your own beet? Calhoun Community College Workforce Solutions (CWS) is offering an Introduction to Home Brewing this summer. They're partnering with Fractal Brewing for the class.
“When the College was initially approached by Fractal Brewing with the opportunity to offer a home brewing, we were excited as this is something we have never offered at Calhoun,” commented Houston Blackwood, Director of Calhoun Workforce Solutions. “We immediately researched the terms and liabilities and presented the proposed course layout to the Alabama Community College System and received approval to proceed with the course,” added Houston.
Calhoun Community College says that according to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), over 1.1 million people in the United States currently homebrew their beer. Research also shows that 40% of those individuals began the hobby within the last several years. “In CWS we always try to think outside of the box with our course offerings,” commented Jennifer Geiger, Calhoun Workforce Solutions Project Manager. “Having an opportunity to learn brewing inside of a brewery taught by real-world experts is not only fun for those who want something to do in their spare time, but it is also great experience for anyone interested in opening a private brewery as well,” said Geiger.
The course will be taught by Bradley “Robo” Robinson, a Huntsville native and veteran in the brewing industry. Having brewed for over 10 years and holding several certifications from Cicerone Certification Program for German beer, Robison brings a wealth of knowledge to this program. Class participants will gain hands on experience with brewing equipment, proper cleaning, brewing process, fermentation as well as packaging.
“Calhoun’s Introduction to Home Brewing course is truly designed for the beer enthusiasts who want to explore the craft of brewing,” said Houston. “The real magic of this course lies not only in the knowledge and skills gained upon completion but the opportunity to also take the advanced course, which offers an industry-accepted Brewer’s Apprentice Certificate. With that certificate, students have the potential for direct hire as an assistant brewer at most craft beer breweries,” added Houston.
Classes begin June 15 – July 27 and will be held at Fractal Brewing Project, Education Room, 3200 Leeman Ferry Rd SW, Huntsville, AL. The deadline to apply is May 28.