Learn at your own pace from “The Pope of Foam” how to ensure excellent foam performance on your beers. In a series of entertaining, hugely informative and easily understandable video lessons, Charlie Bamforth will lead you through a discussion of why foam is important. Examine the underpinning physics and chemistry, how to measure foam, how the raw materials and process impact head retention and how to prevent over-foaming, otherwise known as gushing. You will learn how to systematically interpret and rectify poor foam performance.

Students who successfully complete this course will earn a digital badge, demonstrating their proficiency and advanced education in the subject area. The skill-level digital badge represents a mastery of foam and its scientific relationship and performance in a quality beer.

Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

Enroll now through October 18.  Access to your course will be available on the course start date.

Enrollment Policies

Refunds for this course must be requested within two weeks after the start date. The refund processing fee is $30. View complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.

Section Course Materials

FOAM: Practical Guides for Beer Quality

Purchase the textbook at the link below. To receive a 10% discount, use promo code UCDE10 during checkout. *If you are a member of the ASBC, login to your ASBC account to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.


CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.