Brew a New Career with the Applied Craft Brewing Certificate

There’s something brewing in Colorado. 


Beer. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? That golden, effervescent nectar of the gods, with a history dating back to the temples and farmhouses of ancient Egypt and Sumeria. It’s been with us since the beginning, helping humans celebrate triumphs, mourn tragedies or to simply mark the end of a long work week.

The 20th century saw the utter domination of bland, watered-down macro lagers (not naming names, but rhymes with mud miser). However, since roughly the mid-1980s, a sort of beer revival, a brewnaissance, if you will, has stormed into local pubs and supermarket aisles. You can’t throw a pint glass today without hitting some sort of heady IPA, velvety stout or complex sour.

At the forefront of this global craft brewing craze is the great state of Colorado, and its mile-high capital city of Denver. Home to more than 400 breweries and counting, Colorado employs more than 7,000 individuals in this most noble of professions, in a statewide industry worth more than $1.7 billion.

That’s why Denver’s very own Regis University is proud to offer its certificate in Applied Craft Brewing. This part-time program is designed for working adults who are fascinated by brewing, but still need to keep their day jobs. Through hands-on experiences and mentorship from local brewers, students learn the fundamentals of brewing and develop the skills to improve their own craft.

Here’s what some of our recent Applied Craft Brewing graduates have been up to lately:

Dan Naus
Director of Brewery Operations, Perspective Brewing Company
West Allis, WI

Dan and his brother Ben both worked as science teachers in Wisconsin while honing their brewing skills as a side hobby for years. They then both traveled to the Rockies to complete an immersion course at Colorado Boy Brewing Company in Ridgeway, CO. Once the course was finished, Ben got to work on perfecting his craft back in Wisconsin, and Dan decided that it was best to stay out west and attend Regis University’s craft brewing certificate program. They now run Perspective Brewing Company in West Allis, just outside of Milwaukee.

Cody Higginbottom
Founder, Public Offering Brewing Company
Denver, CO

After earning a B.A. in Chemistry, gaining a decade’s worth of homebrewing experience and interning at Denver’s Station 26 Brewing Co., Cody Higginbottom finally felt ready to launch his own project, Public Offering Brewing Company, which opens this fall in Denver’s South Broadway neighborhood. Cody recently told Denver’s Westword Magazine, “The coursework and internship were good introductions to the industry and helped me decide that ultimately, I wanted to pursue opening my own brewery.”

Are you inspired by Cody’s and the Naus brothers’ stories? Ready to turn your homebrew hobby into a viable brewing career? Get in touch with a Regis admissions counselor or apply today using our no-fee application.

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