Brewery Operations Major, B.S.

Beer TastingCraft breweries and brewpubs have become a significant component of Colorado’s culture and economy. Despite the industry’s high rate of growth, our brewing industry partners have reported a need for university educated employees trained in brewing, brewery operations, sales and distribution, brew pub management and related operations positions.

Whether you are pursuing your first degree, wanting to enhance a prior degree or seeking professional development, MSU Denver has an opportunity for you to gather distinctive, hands-on education and experiences.

By partnering with the Tivoli Brewing Company, located on the Auraria Campus in the Tivoli Student Union, MSU Denver’s program provides students with access to this 28,000 (annual) barrel capacity brewing, bottling, and distribution center. By integrating training facilities within the commercial brewery and tap house, students hone critical industry skills on high quality large scale and pilot systems. Through this partnership with Tivoli Brewing Company and a host of other Colorado craft brewing and related industry partners, students receive exceptional instruction and experiential learning opportunities from faculty and industry partners that are unmatched by other programs across the country.


As part of the program, students will take courses in MSU Denver’s School of Hospitality and obtain the most up-to-date knowledge and skills required in all facets of the the beer industry.

The MSU Denver Beer Industry Program courses add additional value to your studies by including chemistry, biology, business/management, engineering, law, marketing, and economics courses to the learning experience.

The Brewery Operations degree provides a solid core of beer industry classes, so new brewery employees will know everything going on with their products-from the cellular level of craft beer to macro-brew distribution.