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RCC Brewing First in NC

The Brewing, Distillation, Fermentation Associate in Science program offered at RCC is the first of its kind in the United States and RCC is the first community college to train brewing technicians.

  • 649 Washington Street
    Eden, NC

  • RCC Center for Brewing Sciences

  • RCC Center for Brewing Sciences Poster of Beer in Mug


This program is designed to prepare students for various careers in the growing industry of brewing, distillation and fermentation of spirits. Course work includes learning the various aspects of production, operations, safety and sanitation, and associated process technologies. Related course work is offered in fermentation production, safety and sanitation, applied craft beverage microbiology, agriculture, marketing, management, equipment, packaging, and maintenance.

See Course Requirements Here

  • Courses included in this program include:
    Fermentation Production
    Survey of Fermented Products
    Craft Beer Brewing
    Hops Selection and Production
    Advanced Brewing
    Beverage Marketing & Sales

  • Careers
    Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in the brewing, distillation and fermentation industry, both at large distillers and smaller microbreweries. Students will also have the knowledge needed to start their own microbrewery, if they choose. Students may be eligible to sit for the professional Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) certification exams, which correspond to the program of study.

Specialty Agriculture for Fermentation

Equipment, Packaging and Maintenance

Please complete the following four steps to complete the admissions process.

Step 1: Complete an RCC Application for Admission.

Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). You will need to enter RCC’s school code: 002958.

Step 3: Request an OFFICIAL transcript from your high school/GED and all colleges attended. You may bring sealed copies of your transcripts to us, or institutions can send transcripts directly to RCC’s Admissions Office.

Step 4: Come by our office in person to speak with an admissions counselor who will discuss your program of study and placement test requirements

See the RCC Catalog for more information.