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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. Please submit an official high school transcript.

  • Proof of completion of high school or college chemistry (grade of "’C" or higher) is required. Completion of CHM-092 will also meet this requirement.

  • Score at college level on the EdReady placement test, other approved placement assessment, or have transfer credit for college English and math (official transcripts must be submitted).

  • Student applicants must be able to work in a physically demanding environment including but not limited to standing in a hot and wet work area for extending lengths of time; climbing stairs; repeatedly lifting equipment and product weighing up to 55 lbs., and safely maneuvering by hand equipment that weighs up to 170lbs.

  • Brewing and Distillation facilities may require a criminal background check and/or drug testing prior to employment or co-op. In addition, national and/or state regulations may prohibit employment or co-op opportunities based on criminal records.

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 to begin this program in the fall semester.

Application Steps

Refer to the instructions posted on the Selective and Limited Programs webpage.

Additional Program Details

For additional details about the program, 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. 

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 email programadvising@abtech.edu.


Key Words: brewing, distillation, fermentation sciences, craft beverage institute, beer, wine, brew
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