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Old 05-16-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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I want to brew beer for a living either as a brewmaster somewhere or open my own brewery one day. I switched my major to food science which means i now have three more years of college and after that i was planning on going to a brew school. Is that all it takes or should I be doing something else?

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Old 05-16-2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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I'm not in the brewing profession, but here's my take. After you get a 4 year degree in food science, go to the Siebel institute or a similar brewing program. You may need to be willing to work for practically nothing for a couple of years to get your foot in the door.

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Old 05-16-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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I want to brew beer for a living either as a brewmaster somewhere or open my own brewery one day. I switched my major to food science which means i now have three more years of college and after that i was planning on going to a brew school. Is that all it takes or should I be doing something else?
You're not the guy that just called into NPR's Science Friday asking the same question, are you?
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:46 PM   #4
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no i am not

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Old 05-16-2008, 07:47 PM   #5
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you have 13 minutes to ask them.

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Wow....what a coincidence.

There's a few "pro brewers" on here, hopefully they'll pop in to give you pointers.
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What you "need" is a tolerance for low income.

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I am not an expert or anything, but I would suggest you go to the closest brewery or brew pub now while you are in school and start volunteering. Having a couple years of experience even just cleaning, etc. may give you a leg up when you go looking for a job. I suspect apprenticeship under a good brewer will go miles in this industry.

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Immerse yourself in the surroundings you want to be a part of.

Get any entry level job at a micro brew. A smaller operation will put you closer to both the brewing side of things and the business side of things.

The micro's around here will mentor the new people who are sincere in their quest to "do beer". Some will even help pay for continuing education.

Even if you start out pushing a broom, I’d bet it isn’t long before the head brewer asks if you’d like to help with certain brewing chores around the shop.

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