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Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation Program

Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation Program


Overview and application process for the Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation program

Program Overview

Information about this program, including an overview and sample course schedule, can be found on our website by going to abtech.edu/academic-programs and clicking the link for "Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation A.A.S."

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Must be age 21 or older by first day of class. No exceptions.
  • Graduation from high school or completion of the GED or Adult High School is required. An official transcript must be provided to the department chair before classes begin.

  • Proof of completion of high school or college chemistry (grade of "’C" or higher) is required. Official or unofficial transcripts must be submitted when meeting with an advisor in the Bailey Student Services building. Completion of CHM-092 will meet this requirement.

  • Score at college level on the NC-DAP/Accuplacer placement test, other approved placement assessment (scores must be less than five years old), or have transfer credit for college English and math (official transcripts must be submitted).

Application Overview

The Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation Curriculum program is one of our “Limited Programs,” which means it has a very specific application process and separate application dates. Limited Programs have smaller classes that are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We currently only accept students into this program during the fall semester. For entry into a Limited Program for the fall semester, we begin taking applicants each year on the first working day in April. 

Application Steps

The following steps are required for applying to the Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation program:

  1. Complete a general application to the College, which you can link to from abtech.edu/admissions
  2. Complete placement in both English and math. Placement options include the NC-DAP/Accuplacer placement test, an alternate approved test like the SAT or ACT, or transfer credit in college level math and/or English. Additional details about your placement options can be found at abtech.edu/placement.
  3. On the first working day in April, applicants should come to the Bailey Student Services Building to meet with an academic advisor. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., advisors will meet with students in the order in which they arrive as it pertains to their program. If you don't live in the area, you can contact our Distance Advising Office at distanceadvising@abtech.edu
  4. To learn about the admissions criteria for this program, please contact Jeffrey Irvin at (828) 398-7191 or jeffreymirvin@abtech.edu.

For Students Under 21

For students under the age of 21, there is a 2+2 program with Appalachian State University. Students must complete the Associate in Science degree from A-B Tech before applying for admission to ASU’s Fermentation Sciences program. 

Additional Program Details

For additional details about the program, contact Jeffrey Irvin at (828) 398-7191 or jeffreymirvin@abtech.edu.

2+2 Agreement with Appalachian State

We’ve signed a "2+2 agreement" with Appalachian State University (ASU) for Associate in Science degree graduates to transfer to ASU for fermentation sciences.

Under the agreement, A-B Tech students who earn an Associate in Science degree will be able to transfer to ASU to finish the last two years of their Bachelor’s degree in Fermentation Sciences. ASU will guarantee space availability for six A-B Tech students prior to fall enrollment.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Fermentation Sciences was developed at ASU and was approved by the UNC General Administration in June 2012.

For more information about this 2 + 2 agreement, please see a Transfer Advising in the Bailey Student Services Building. If you’re a Distance Student, please contact the Distance Advising Office at distanceadvising@abtech.edu.


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