Brewing Sciences Laboratory

Beer production requires a combination of art and science. From home-brew kits to commercial production of beer in microbreweries and larger commercial operations, practical knowledge of the steps involved in producing a flavourful alcoholic beverage from starch is essential.

This laboratory course will deal with different components of the brewing process, including the evaluation of ingredients, methods for assessing beer quality, and measuring hops and yeast quality. You will be exposed to current methods used in the industry, view commercial methods of beer production, as well as sensory evaluations. We'll also provide an overview of the equipment required to establish a microbrewery.

Note: Students must be at least 19 years of age to participate in this course and/or the Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials program.


This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Surrey 7 Christine Takhar $1760.00 21 Register

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the specific steps involved in the process of beer production
  • Outline how malting barley quality and type affects beer quality
  • Describe how hops and other plant-based flavour components contribute to the flavours in beer
  • Provide an overview of the role of yeasts in the fermentation process and how growth is measured
  • Discuss the approaches used to measure different quality parameters in beer

How will you learn?

Classes may consist of a combination of lectures, case studies, projects, papers, assignments and group presentations. You can expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis.

How will you be evaluated?

Your grade will be based in part on individual participation, class and group discussions, presentations and assignments. You’re expected to attend all hours of classes, engage in discussions and review all handouts. You must also complete a written analysis of laboratory exercises.

Textbooks and learning materials

There are no textbooks required for this course. Recommended readings will be available in the SFU Library. We will provide custom course materials.