Craft Brewing & Distilling

Combine your interests in science, technology, business, and creativity in a unique way. Distill spirits and craft signature brews in Washington’s fast-growing and successful craft beverage industry. Students in our Craft Brewing & Distilling program work alongside experienced local brewers, distillers, and cider makers to learn what it takes to be a part of this field and develop the industry.

What’s Different at SPSCC?

Outside the Olympia area? 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 Olympia, WA and other areas of the Pacific Northwest.

Get out in the world with off-site events. With trips to agricultural hubs like Yakima’s hop fields and equipment fabricators like JV Northwest, you’ll gain valuable experience at every step of the craft brewing industry. View a sample event schedule.

Enter a thriving local industry. Students who complete the program will be prepared to successfully open their own craft brewing operations, or support existing businesses in their local community. The knowledge you earn in this program will be critical in helping the industry grow, innovate, and thrive.

Career and employment prospects

By earning an Associate in Applied Science degree in craft brewing and distilling, you will have a competitive edge when entering this industry. This program prepares you for work beyond an entry-level job, with a strong foundation in technique, production, quality control and business fundamentals. It will also give you expert insight into industry growth and provide internship opportunities and more within our community and beyond.

Career and industry information (Washington State)

Washington craft breweries employ 14,782 full-time employees with an average wage of over $44,000, according to the Washington Brewers Guild.

Nearly 65% of members of the Northwest Cider Association are new to the industry within the last 5 years.

The Washington Distillers Guild estimates Washington’s 99+ retail distilleries to be the highest of any state in the U.S.

Degrees & Certificates

Department/Division Contact

Director of Craft Brewing
Frank Addeo