Brewing & Fermentation Science

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About this program

Confucius was right when he said, “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” When you pair your passion for craft beer with a certificate in Brewing & Fermentation from Penn College, you’ll learn the scientific and technical skills to tap into a rewarding career in this thriving field. Designed by an industry leading brewer with 20+ years of expertise, the innovative Brewing & Fermentation Science curriculum encompasses everything from raw material acquisition and packaging to the final pour.

Check out some of the current scholarship opportunities: Clark Associates ScholarshipDaniel J. Doyle Scholarship or Dr. Peter B. Dumanis Memorial Scholarship. And don't forget to take a look the 350+ Penn College scholarships.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Small Classes = Big Advantage


Overall Placement

Craft Beer is a $22.2 Billion Industry


  • Brewer
  • Cellarperson
  • Packaging technician
  • Procurement/Inventory manager

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Essentials of Brewing Science (BRW100)
  • Introduction to Brewing, Fermentation, and Distilling (BRW102)
  • Principles of Brewing Science (BRW103)
  • Operations in Brewing Science I (BRW203)
  • Operations in Brew Science II (BRW204)
  • Sensory Evaluation and Analysis of Beer (BRW270)
  • Modern Topics in Zymurgy (BRW275)
  • Brewing Technology (BRW250)
  • Brewing and Fermentation Science Capstone (BRW280)
  • Brewing and Fermentation Science Internship (BRW269)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH123) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH181)
Learn From Experts

Meet Tim Yarrington

He’s won multiple metals including a gold at the renowned Great American Beer Festival in Denver. He also built a brewery in Times Square. Today, you’ll find him sharing his knowledge with aspiring brewers.

Brewing is a serious career

Tim gives you an inside look at the new one-year Brewing & Fermentation Science program, and discusses the value and competitive edge that comes with a formal brewing education.

Q & A with Tim

Tim has been in the craft beer industry for 20+ years. And he's here with answers and insight to some of the most common questions he gets asked about beer and the brewing industry.

Student Experience

"Learning where every little bit comes from and how everything is done is amazing to me. I want to go to work every day and do this. I want to come to classes to learn this."

William Ernst-Wingfield

Brewing & Fermentation Science

Cheers to Your Future!

Take a more detailed look inside the Brewing & Fermentation Program. Hear directly from students. And learn how this science-based program stands apart.

Sean Hamilton, '19
Employer Testimonial

Sean Hamilton, '19

"Sean's knowledge base grew tremendously from the time he interned with us, especially his ability to analyze and help us manage our yeast strains. It was clear to me that the curriculum at Penn College is well thought out and the professors are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend anyone interested in getting into the industry to consider this program!" 

Jason Crossett, Director of Brewing Operations
New York Beer Project

Mark Kitchen, '19
Employer Testimonial

Mark Kitchen, '19

“We at New Trail believe that Mark is an excellent candidate and team member for us because of the guidance and foundation that was laid for him by his education from Tim Yarrington and the PCT program. We couldn't be happier with Mark's progression within our company and are excited to see his future with us.”

Mike LaRosa, Director of Brewing Operations
New Trail Brewing Co


Ss Brewtech System

With a 1 bbl (barrel unit) brewhouse system, four 1 bbl unitank units, and a 3/4-horsepower glycol chiller, you'll learn procedures and functions found in many commercial breweries. Features of this system include carbonation stones, sanitary fitting and sample ports, pressure rated to 15psi, racking arm and substantial cooling capacity.

Fermentation Facility

Outfitted with equipment just like the pros use, our lab is designed to deliver hands-on experience in fermentation, aging, conditioning, and draft packaging.

Dispense Equipment

A lot goes into the craft of brewing before it reaches the glass. But it doesn’t end there. We also have the equipment to perfect dispensing, operation, and maintenance.

Quality Control Tools

Assess raw material and final product quality with the help of industry-standard equipment.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jan 28

Open House

Friday, January 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 5

Open House

Saturday, February 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 25

Open House

Friday, February 258:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 19

Open House

Saturday, March 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 3

Open House

Sunday, April 38:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Open House

Friday, April 228:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

Sam Adams
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new trail
old forge
rusty rail
shy bear
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Student Life

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Student Government Association (SGA)

Student Government Association (SGA)

Let your voice be heard! Attend the next meeting to learn what’s new or consider running for a senate seat. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 60+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Grad personifies vital ingredient for brewing success: diversity

When Jenn Ulmer began her first week of full-time employment as a brewer at Berwick Brewing Co., Brienne Allen, a fellow female ...


Logues donate professional-grade brewing system to college

George “Herman” Logue Jr. and George Logue III recently donated an entire brewing system and accessories to the brewing and ...


Industry insight infuses student brewers’ craft

Seven students enrolled in Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science certificate presented their beers to a panel of ...

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Your knowledge in practice

Our hands-on approach to education means learning through doing. A required internship rounds out the Brewing & Fermentation curriculum, allowing students to expand their knowledge base from raw material acquisition to packaging and dispense.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Magazine features member of brewing major’s inaugural class

Magazine features member of brewing major’s inaugural class

Chris dabbled in home brewing. Worked as an assistant at a popular local brewery. Now he holds a degree in Brewing and Fermentation Science from Penn College and landed his dream job as header brewer in a State College hotspot.

Meet Chris

More Information

Students must be at least 21 years of age before starting the one-year certificate. BRW100 must be satisfied before any subsequent BRW courses can be taken. A fall semester start may be possible for students who have prior coursework that is equivalent to the BRW100 requirement. Prospective students are encouraged to reach out to the Admissions Office who will connect students with the appropriate faculty member in the program to discuss their academic history and options. Students are encouraged to complete ENL 111 and the mathematics course prior to the fall semester.

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

BRW100, which is a pre-requisite for subsequent BRW courses, may be satisfied through a combination of previously completed coursework across a few scientific fields. This determination will be made through the transfer evaluation process, in consultation with program faculty.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store.

  • Mr. Scott J Britton, Senior Scientist (Global), Duvel Moortgat Group
  • Mr. John J Callahan, PA Brewing Manager, D.G. Yuengling
  • Mr. David Cohen, Senior Manager of Brewing Ingredients, Boston Beer Company
  • Mr. Andrew D Glass, Brewing Supervisor, The Boston Beer Company
  • Mr. Christopher P Good, '19, Head Brewer, Happy Valley Brewing Company
  • Ms Joanne Hopkins, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Generalist, Victory Brewing Company
  • Mr. Jared Hunt, '11, Operations Director, Rusty Rail Brewing Co.
  • Mr. Jaime Jurado, Director of Brewing Operations, Abita Brewing Company