Business of Craft Brewing

Degree Details


DEGREE TYPECertificate
LOCATION100% Online



Take your first step toward building a successful craft brewing business.

Portland State University's unique online craft brewing certificate is all about the business side of brewing.

You'll build an investor-ready business plan for your own craft brewing business—brewery, cidery, or distillery—in five months, while learning directly from some of the nation's most successful craft beverage entrepreneurs.

*CEU = Continuing Education Unit

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What You'll Learn

PSU's online Business of Craft Brewing certificate program covers every step of the commercial craft brewing business, from growing to malting, brewing, packaging, distributing and retailing. You'll get practical instruction in how to:

  • Identify industry trends and competition.
  • Develop and implement a strategic marketing plan.
  • Manage a small craft beverage business effectively.
  • Establish strategic distribution and retailing partnerships.
  • Deal with the legal, financial and compliance issues of producing a craft beverages.

Our comprehensive business focus sets Portland State University in Oregon apart from other craft brewing programs. And because we're located in one of the nation's most active craft brewing communities, Portland State has connections with leading entrepreneurs from every part of the craft brewing industry.

Earn a craft brewing certificate online to launch your specialized small business.

Portland State's online Business of Craft Brewing program is open to all students, from novices to home brewers to current employees of craft breweries. While the program emphasizes the business of craft beer brewing, you can build business models for related enterprises such as cideries, distilleries, bottling plants, and growing operations for hops and barley. Also, this program is not just for students who want to open their own businesses, but also for those who want to transition into the industry or are looking to be promoted within the industry.

50+ local Portland, Oregon breweries, distilleries, and ancillary businesses are participating. These include Rogue, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Migration, Ale Apothecary, Bull Run Distilling, Gigantic, Portland Kettle Works, Rose City Labels, and many others.

Online Certificate: Business of Craft Brewing Curriculum

The Business of Craft Brewing online certificate program consists of four five-week courses that are offered two times a year:


Electives (choose 2): 

No other craft brewing certificate program, whether online or in person, offers a more thorough foundation in the business side of craft brewing.


Financial Aid

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

For more information visit the Business of Craft Brewing program website. 


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