The University of Vermont

We Want YOUR Insights on the Craft Beer Industry: Become a Beer School Advisory Board Member!

The University of Vermont’s Business of Craft Beer Program (BoCB) has developed a national reputation for assisting breweries-in-planning as well as individuals seeking a career change into the craft beer sector.

Now, we're pleased to offer Beer School, or continuing education focused on the business side of craft beer.

In order to put forward the most relevant learning experiences, a national Beer School Advisory Board identifies timely and pertinent business topics, providing input and guidance on future program offerings for breweries of all sizes and with various training needs.

We want you to join our team.

Advisory Board members receive a free, 5-week Beer School course and help to influence, inform, and support our fellow brewers and craft beer enthusiasts.

If you're interested in becoming a member, please fill out the form to the right and we'll be in touch.

Current Beer School Offerings:

Legal and Regulatory Compliance in Craft Beer

Staying in compliance is critical for a start-up or existing operation to keep its doors open and continue to manufacture its product. The University of Vermont’s Business of Craft Beer Program is pleased to offer an immersive, 5-week, fully online course tackling compliance issues surrounding production and inventory, taxes, records, reporting, and more. Our spring session commences 2/13. Learn more.

IP Protection in Craft Beer

Taught by Matthew McLaughlin, an attorney who has built his practice around assisting, advising, and representing breweries and distilleries, our 5-week, fully online course will examine a range of legal issues involving copyrights, trademarks, and employment law to secure IP. Whether or not you decide to work with an attorney, building this knowledge is necessary to help you avoid making common mistakes and understand how to guide your attorney’s efforts should the need for counsel arise. Our spring session commences 3/27. Learn more.

Coming Soon!

  • Financing Your Start-up Brewery: Summer 2019
  • Business Models for Your Brewery: Fall 2019
  • Brew Pub/Taproom & Restaurant Planning: Fall 2019
  • Maximizing Taproom Sales: Fall 2019
  • Creating Brewery Events & Community Connections: TBD
  • Social Media: Handling Difficult Situations & and How to Avoid a Social Media Blow-up: TBD

Business of Craft Beer Professional Certificate

BoCB’s goal is to help individuals build a solid business and operational plan for a brewery and assist through the critical growth phase of the first 5-10 years.

Over 400 people have completed BoCB since our inception in 2016 with a number of successful brewery launches. We have also supported many individuals in gaining employment in beer sales, marketing and operations.

Participants may elect to take individual courses without enrolling in the full certificate program. See our program curriculum for details.