Our Brewing Masterclasses

Who should attend?

Our Brewing Masterclasses are for Brewers with experience of brewing regularly and at a professional level. The Masterclasses are an opportunity for an experienced brewer to focus on improving their knowledge on a specific aspect of the brewing process.

How will you benefit?

During the Masterclasses we focus and examine the options related to one specific aspect of brewing. At the end of the Masterclass, you will have gained a deeper understanding of both the technical as well as the chemical properties active in this cycle of brewing. You will then have the knowledge for experimenting further with the tools to produce a commercially viable and stable product. 

Hops in Brewing

course duration: one day

price: CHF 

At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • explain the uses for hops in brewing – traditionally for reducing the risk of microbiological contamination
  • discuss the methods currently in use for using hops to add flavour and complexity in beer
  • identify the major hop varieties in use for brewing and what flavours or structure they bring to the beer
  • explain the anatomy of a hop flower and what each part of the flower contains and therefore ‘brings’ to the beer.


Yeast in Brewing

course duration: two days

price: CHF

At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • recognise yeast cells under the microscope, be able to ascertain whether the yeast sample is healthy
  • perform a yeast countwork and respect the hygiene regulations for laboratory testing
  • recognise and understand how to use the equipment utilised in yeast sampling and microbiology is to be used
  • prepare a nutrient base in a petri dish or test tubeinoculate a sample for screening
  • review the success of the inoculationprepare a suitable yeast sample for pitching
  • prepare a viable yeast sample for longer-term storage

Due to the nature of the content material of this workshop the number of participants will, by definition be smaller than some of our other courses and workshops.

Malt in Brewing

course duration: one day

price: CHF

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • explain how the transformation of barley to malt occurs on the microbiological level
  • explain the effect of roasting the barley will have on the flavour and colour of the beer
  • be able to check the level of transformation of starch into sugar in the mash
  • discuss the uses of spent grain and methods of reducing the overall cost of the grain bill on the production of the beer
  • know the effect of using alternate cereals such as rye, wheat, sorghum among others in brewing and how to ensure that the enzymes available for altering the starch into sugar are available at the required levels
  • difference in barley types and their use in brewing – 2 row and 6 row barley

Brewing & dark beers

course duration: one day


We will be looking at the traditional approach to the production of Stout & Porter, as well as the modern approach to these beer styles.

Choice of yeast strain, hops and general production of the beer style will also be covered during the Masterclass.

Quality Control and Standard setting in Craft Brewing

course duration: one day

price: CHF

The Quality Control Masterclass, provides a comprehensive introduction to microbiology techniques as required by commercial brewing. It is suitable for all who wish to advance their knowledge and skills to ensure quality and consistency in their brewing products.

You need to have already followed and passed the “Craft” Brewing in Practice course or a similar level of experience in Brewing.

During the Masterclass, you will be putting brewing techniques into perspective by focusing on the requirements of a quality assurance programme and learn how to apply microbiology techniques on site in your brewery.

You will be practising techniques which can then directly be applied to your own brewing process. Microscope skills are a major feature of the MasterClass and we will be pleased to advise on your own equipment and samples of yeast and beers if you wish to bring these along.


Please note, our Brewing Masterclasses are currently only available in the French and German languages, on request we can accomodate English speakers.

To register for one of our MasterClasses in Brewing, please follow this link…