Beer, Cider & Spirits

SPSCC Craft Brewing & Distilling

Growth in the local craft beer, cider, and spirits industries is getting even bigger. SPSCC is proud to be the nation's first associate degree program in craft brewing, distilling, and cider making, and a partner in Tumwater's new Craft District.

The Program

Students in the SPSCC Craft Brewing & Distilling program will work in world-class facilities with local brewers, distillers, and cider makers to learn what it takes to be part of the craft beverage community. Students get to combine interests in science, technology, business, and creativity, which are essential elements of the craft beverage industry. Students from all over the country can be part of our program. We offer most classes online with just a few intensive weekends on-site in the Olympia, Wash., area.

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The Craft District

SPSCC is proud to headquarter its Craft Brewing & Distilling program at the Tumwater Craft District, alongside leading distilleries, cideries, and breweries, shops, restaurants, offices, and an outdoor amphitheater. SPSCC leases space in a new 10,000 square foot space, which will include classrooms, labs, small scale production space, offices, a conference room, and more.

SPSCC Facility in Tumwater Craft District


- Thurston County to become the No. 1 destination for craft enthusiasts
- Ninkasi Brewing coming to the Tumwater Craft District
- Beer for homework: SPSCC's new brewing and distilling program is breaking waves in the college arena
- Craft brewing students and local brewers promote women in beer
- SCJ Alliance is bringing Tumwater's Craft District to life

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Noncredit Classes

Students can also explore personal interests without earning credits toward a degree. Classes vary each quarter and cover a wide variety of topics. View current classes on the SPSCC CCE page.


City of Tumwater
Thurston Economic Development Council
Thurston County Chamber
Port of Olympia
Port of Seattle
Cider Institute of North America
American Craft Spirits Assocation
Northwest Cider Association
Washington Distillers Guild
School of Food Science at Washington State University and University of Idaho