4 Courses Required


The Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate is designed as an accelerated curriculum to provide homebrewers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals with the foundational business knowledge, tools, resources, skills, and networking opportunities to be successful from the initial stages of creating their business plan all the way through to making a profit and increasing distribution.

Students gain the benefit of networking with and learning from fellow classmates, successful brewery owners, and industry professionals while receiving instruction, consultation, and feedback throughout their coursework.

Our four courses can be taken individually by specific area of interest or taken together to earn the Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate:

The Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate teaches how to be successful within this increasingly competitive industry.

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Why Should I Choose this Program?

Easy registration, affordable flat fee, and quick time to completion.

A noncredit continuing education certificate requires no admission, entrance exams, or tuition, and takes less time to complete than a degree/credit-based program. Our courses are also exclusively focused on business and entrepreneurship; not combined with brewing or fermentation sciences.

Convenient of online delivery with networking benefits of face-to-face interaction.

A hybrid format of self-paced online content with only one face-to-face Saturday per course is an ideal format for working professionals and those living further from Charlotte.

Complete the certificate in less than 12 week

Our accelerated curriculum includes four courses that each cover 12 hours of the most essential content for each business topic. Allowing prospective entrepreneurs to gain the knowledge they need quickly to put their plan into action.

Local networking connections; local laws

The craft beer business and consumer communities are unique to each state--from contracting with malt and hop suppliers, navigating state and local laws and regulations, and collaborating with fellow breweries. Our North Carolina participants will experience the added benefit of studying content specific to opening a brewery in North Carolina as well as meeting successful brewery owners and professionals in our state.

Additionally, our Legal Bootcamp instructor is an attorney licensed in both NC and SC.

Save with Bundle Pricing


By paying for all of the courses in the Certificate up front you can enroll at a discounted rate.

A savings of $315!

Certificate Price
Craft Beer Business Essentials Bundle Fee : $1,785.00
Deadline to Start Last Course
365 Days After Registration


Learn More about Craft Beer Business

Learn more about our Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate program.

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Over the past five years, it has become hard to ignore the surge of growth and success within the craft beer industry. In 2018, the total number of American breweries surpassed the 7,450 mark, more than twice the amount five short years ago, with over 98% of those being craft breweries. In 2018 alone, nearly 589 microbreweries opened nationwide (Brewers Association, 2019).

North Carolina currently ranks 7th in the nation and first in the South (NC Craft Beer Guild, 2019) with over 291 operating craft breweries and brewpubs currently in operation and over 36 more are planning to open in the next year or two. The industry is unique in that it continued to experience growth through the recession as well as having the distinction of higher success rates for brewery start-ups compared to virtually any other new business venture category.

Homebrewers and Entrepreneurs looking to start their own microbrewery or brewpub business have the added benefits of a collaborative and supportive community among fellow brewers as well as a consumer philosophy that brand loyalty among beer enthusiasts is very rare and that, instead, the popularity of the micro over the macro brew (bolstered by more breweries per capita in a community) helps all craft brewery businesses in the long-run.

Craft brewers seized market share from the macro brewing companies in recent years, increasing their share of the overall market by volume from 12.2% in 2015 to 13.2% in 2018. Despite an overall down beer market, craft maintained a fairly stable growth rate in 2018.

Learn how to be successful within the ever-changing industry of craft beer with the Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate!

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