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Scott Kerkmans


Beverage Management, Beer/Brewing Operations


Beer styles and service, Beers of the world, Brewery operations

Title: Instructor

Department: Hospitality, Tourism and Events


Office Phone: 303-615-1230


Scott Kerkmans currently teaches several beer related classes within the Brewing Industry Operations program, which he oversees as faculty coordinator. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he coordinates the beer industry programs as well as professional relations with the beer industry. As one of the first five Certified Cicerones in the world, Kerkmans is an expert voice in the world of craft beer and an advocate for beer education both at the professional level and in higher education. Kerkmans was a professional brewer for more than four years (most recently at Alaskan Brewing) and sold beer for a major beer distributor in over 80 on premises accounts. A Nationally Certified Beer Judge since 2005, Kerkmans serves as judge at the Great American Beer Festival annually. He helped found Draft Magazine and educated their editorial staff before being hired by Starwood Hotels as their Chief Beer Officer.

Kerkmans designed Starwood’s online training and education program for staff, used in more than 140 hotels, while also choosing beers used in Starwood’s hotel restaurants, hosted beer dinners and PR events around the world. Kerkmans is a leading professional educator for beer distributors, retailers, beer lovers and brewers with his company Beer Conscious Training, where he has created eLearning, Video and In-person professional development courses.

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