Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast®


Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast Application Day

The program has a limited number of spots available and the first qualified applicants will be admitted. Safety protocols are in place at the Conference Center and prospective students will be required to wear a mask when entering the building. If you have questions or cannot attend in person, email CBI Director Jeff "Puff" Irvin at jeffreymirvin@abtech.edu.

The Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast ® (CBI) at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is designed 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. 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.

The 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 are able to perform experiments and receive “just-in-time” instruction. In addition to brewing, distillation and winemaking practices, students may vet their production output via sensory evaluations.

Craft Beverage Institute program brochure.

Craft Beverage Institute Staff

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.

 

Jeff Irvin

 

Jeff "Puff" Irvin

Director Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast

828-398-7191

jeffreymirvin@abtech.edu

John Lyda

 

John Lyda

Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation Instructor

828-782-2326

johnmlyda@abtech.edu

Jim Schram

 

Jim Schram

Craft Beverage Institute Lab Manager

828-782-2325

jameslschram@abtech.edu

Consuming the Craft Podcast Hosted by Jeff "Puff" Irvin

Consuming the Craft podcast

 

Interviews and entertainment in the craft beverage industry. Join Puff as he explores the wonderful world of craft beer!

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