Brewing Microbiology Workshop

At the heart of every good brewery is a robust quality assurance and control program. This course provides both the background theory and hands-on microbiology laboratory experience necessary to produce beer of the highest quality. In this course designed for brewers, brewing lab employees, brewery owners and anybody interested in the microbiology of brewing, you’ll learn about a variety of topics, including microscopy, assessing yeast health and viability and detection/prevention of spoilage organisms. You will learn how to use the most common microbiological tools properly and safely, and gain the necessary skills to establish a sampling and testing program to ensure continued production of high-quality beer.

This three-day course will include a day of classroom instruction, followed by two days in the laboratory consisting of demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

Please note that previous laboratory experience is NOT required to take this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a fundamental understanding of brewing-relevant microorganisms
  • Identify and prevent spoilage organisms
  • Establish and maintain a sampling and testing plan that fits your needs

Skills You Will Gain

  • Aseptic sample collection and transfers
  • Light microscopy: alignment, focusing, microscope care
  • Yeast counting and viability tests
  • Selective and Differential Media preparation and inoculation
  • Unknown microbe identification
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Science Laboratory Building

Science Laboratory Building, Davis, CA,

Section Notes

Please refer to the campus map to locate the UCD Science Laboratory Building on the UC Davis campus. You will be in Room 2090.  Also, please see campus map for nearest parking.

Campus Map - Science Lab Building


Please review the following link for parking information. The campus uses the Park Mobile app for ALL parking. You must have the app on your phone to pay for parking, if you plan to drive.

Please be advised that our teaching labs observe OSHA rules. There is no eating or drinking of any liquids (including water) allowed in the labs. Long pants/skirt, socks, closed-toe and closed-heel shoes are required. Appropriate clothes for working around dyes that stain, etc. is also recommended. Please avoid long loose sleeves and if you have long hair, make sure it is tied back during lab activities. 

Please plan to bring a brown bag lunch each day. You will have 1 hour for lunch.

Campus COVID-19 rules continue to fluctuate. You will be sent periodic emails on current protocols closer to the class start date. Or, you may check the campus website for visitors. Masks may be required regardless of vaccination status.  

Enrollment Policies

Refund requests will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. View complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


Capitol Corridor Rider

Capitol Corridor riders are eligible for a one-time $100 discount on a UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course (some exceptions apply). The Discount Code is available on the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course page on the Capitol Corridor’s onboard Wifi system.