Cardinal Craft Brewing Program Receives Master Brewers Recognition

Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that SVC’s Cardinal Craft Brewing program has received the distinction, full Master Brewers Recognition by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA).

To be considered for recognition, SVC’s program was reviewed by an MBAA team of volunteer professionals from human resources, brewing, and brewing academia. The three-year recognition places SVC’s academy in the Post Secondary School – College Certificate or similar program.

Master Brewers Association of the Americas was formed in 1887 with the purpose of promoting, advancing, and improving the professional interest of brew and malt house production and technical personnel. Today, Master Brewers is a dynamic, global community working to advance the brewing, fermentation, and allied industries by: advocating the exchange of knowledge; creating, assembling, interpreting, and disseminating credible and beneficial information; developing world-class education offerings; and providing valuable personal and professional development opportunities.

MBAA includes more than 4,000 members from 50 countries throughout the world.

SVC is also pleased to announce that SVC’s Cardinal Craft Brewing won a silver medal at the Washington Beer Awards for its Smoked Scotch Ale at the fifth annual Washington Beer Awards®.

More than 1,207 beers were entered in the competition by 165 Washington breweries. To be considered for the competition, all of the beers submitted must have been both brewed and made commercially available in the state of Washington. The entries were evaluated in a blind format using the Brewers Association Style Guidelines by panels of trained beer judges who awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze placements for each category grouping.

The Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy has also graduated its second class of brewers. Students began their internships in May at several area breweries and all have received their Brewing Certificates. Two of the brewing grads have already been hired. Congratulations to all!

SVC’s program is the first to be offered among Washington’s community and technical colleges. The Academy is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge required for successful employment in the expanding craft brewing industry. SVC has collaborated with regional craft brewing, distilling, and malting professionals in its multi-disciplinary program. Students learn brew science through hands-on experience in the brew lab and at local breweries. SVC’s Craft Brewing Academy includes industry professionals teaching in the classroom, industry tours, and internship experiences at local breweries. SVC’s Advisory Committee is comprised of regional brewing professionals who have provided hands-on program and curriculum development. 

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