The Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast ® (CBI) at A-B Tech was founded in 2013 to support the rapidly growing craft beverage industry in Western North Carolina and the Southeast by providing curriculum and non-credit courses in brewing, distilling, fermentation, and related business practices. Its Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation AAS degree was the first two-year program in the nation. The Institute prepares individuals for positions in brewery and distillery operations and management, distribution, sales and marketing, and customer service or to be self-employed and open their own craft production facility.
Located at A-B Tech Enka, the Craft Beverage Institute offers a training fermentation facility that supports real-time learning and reflects industry standards:
- Commercial size brew-house
- Six pilot brewing systems
- Hybrid distillation system
- Commercial winery production equipment
- Sensory analysis lab
- Packaging lines
- Quality assurance/quality control lab
In addition to brewing, distillation, and winemaking practices, students perform experiments and vet their production output via sensory evaluations. Students perform experiments and receive “just-in-time” instruction.
Learn more about our curriculum Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation program.
Listen to Jeff "Puff" Irvin's, podcast Consuming the Craft.
The Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast is part of A-B Tech’s renowned Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program - home of the nation's first two-year degree in Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation. Please contact us if you have questions about the Institute, our programs, certifications, workshops, and conferences.