Brewing & Fermentation Science


About this program

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.

Have questions?

Meet with Master Brewer Tim Yarrington virtually to discuss the ins and outs of the brewing program.

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Special Admissions Requirements

Students must be at least 21 years of age before starting the one-year certificate. Prospective students who will not be 21 years of age before their desired start date should contact the School of Business, Arts & Sciences to discuss their options. Read more about special admissions requirements →

Next steps...

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

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.

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.

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

Learn From Experts

Hear more about this program from expert brewer Tim Yarrington, industry professionals, and students.

Brewing with Tim

Think a career in brewing might be your calling? In this video, you’ll meet brewmaster and lead faculty member Tim Yarrington. Get an inside look at the new one-year accelerated Brewing & Fermentation Science program. And explore the value and competitive edge that comes with a formal brewing education.

Brewing is a serious career

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

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.


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.

Maker Profiles
Employer Testimonials
Sean Hamilton, '19

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

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

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.

Personal Tour

Request your very own personal tour. This option includes a tour of your academic program, a meeting with an admissions counselor, and a campus & housing tour.

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
elk creek
new trail
old forge
rusty rail
shy bear
American Brewers Association
Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

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.

Penn College News

Science & Brewing

In this episode of Penn College's Tomorrow Makers podcast, the ninth since the feature launched in early September, you'll meet Justin M. Ingram, associate professor of biology. Co-hosts Sumer Beatty and Carlos Ramos tap into his love of science and brewing and explore how he crafted a career that unites those two passions ... with some music-making on the side.


Brewing instructor speaks at Homebrew Con in California

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science instructor, Timothy L. Yarrington, spoke at Homebrew Con, the nation’s largest annual gathering of brewing and fermentation enthusiasts, held recently in San Diego.


Brewing degree lays foundation for career success

Meet the talented brewers behind some of America's most popular craft beers. Learn how these Penn College graduates made names for themselves at Victory Brewing Co., Sixpoint Brewery and Sly Fox Brewing Co. This 3½-minute YouTube video lets you explore their day-to-day operations, see how hands-on preparation got them to where they are today and picture yourself pursuing a similarly rewarding career in this rapidly growing field.

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. 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. If students are not transferring in English and mathematics credits, they are encouraged to complete this coursework prior to the fall semester.

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. John J Callahan, PA Brewing Manager, D.G. Yuengling
  • 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. Adam Roskowski, Entrepreneur/Business Leader, Rosko's Brew House