Mount St. Joseph University

Beer Brewing Course Returning for Summer 2017

Academics, Biology, School of Arts & Humanities, Department of English & Modern Languages

File Under: department of biology, school of behavioral and natural sciences

Mount St. Joseph University has concocted the perfect introductory course for those who want to learn about the art and science of brewing. The new Beer Brewing and Appreciation (BRW 101) course explores essential characteristics of well- crafted beer and brewing methods. 

The instructors, Dr. Andy Rasmussen and Dr. Tim Lawson, have won dozens of awards for their beers in nationally sanctioned homebrew competitions; and they are both official beer judges recognized by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). Students enrolled in the class will brew beer, taste common beer styles, tour a local brewery, and study the following topics: 

  • Basics of brewing process
  • Proper sanitation
  • Yeast management
  • Recipe design
  • Styles of beer
  • Identification and control of off-flavors
  • Packaging/storing of beer

The 3 credit hour course will be offered Wednesdays 6:30-9:20 p.m., May 24-June 28, 2017.

Must be 21 to enroll in Beer Brewing course. Seating is limited. 


Registration opens in February for current students:

  • Feb. 13 for honors program, graduates, seniors and juniors
  • Feb. 15 for sophomores and freshmen
  • Feb. 17 for new, degree-seeking students

Registration for students desiring to audit, and senior citizen will start April 4. 

Pre-registrations are currently being accepted for those who are not current students.  Forms are accepted in the order they are received.  Click here to pre-register.


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News and Updates

Cheers to the Students of BRW 101!

BRW 101 students have won multiple awards at nationally-sanctioned homebrew competitions for the beers they brewed while taking BRW 101!  Our 2016 students won a gold medal for their German Weissbier in the MASH Out Ales of Summer competition in August, and they won a silver medal for their American Stout in the Cincinnati Malt Infusers’ Oktobersbest competition in October.