Miami’s first and only Master Brewer Academy (MBA) is launching a new 2023 program just in time for those looking to celebrate a new year by either making a career change or upping their homebrew game. The 11-month program, conveniently spread out over nights and weekends, starts Jan. 5 and includes a three-week internship. Founded and led by Director of Education Todd Space, MBA’s classroom is the taproom with curriculum taught inside south Florida’s most noteworthy breweries, including Est. 33 (where Space is head brewer), Cerveceria La Tropical, The Tank Brewing Co., and Tarpon River Brewing, and taught by their respective head brewers.
“South Florida’s thriving brewing scene welcomes students to literally tap into the market and learn all phases of beer production,” explained Space, who boasts 20 years of experience as a brewer and professional science teacher. “From grinding malt to adjusting water chemistry and propagating yeast in the lab, MBA students will gain the knowledge and application to work toward becoming a brewer.”
The MBA curriculum is designed for diverse learning styles, emphasizes the need for hands-on, practical instruction and balances the art and science of brewing by covering a range of industry subjects including brewing science, field technology, equipment and the business of beer. MBA graduates have gone on to brew at breweries across Florida, the United States and Central and South America.
The Master Brewer Academy consists of four modules containing 11 different topics. Although enrollees are encouraged to go through the entire 11 months, drop-ins are welcome (with 12 seats available per topic). Current industry employees are encouraged to uplevel their learning by jumping into topics that will round-out their brewery skill sets.
Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students can enroll in the 11-month program for $7,950 (there is a 15 percent “pay in full” discount) and will receive a “Certificate of Completion” when all coursework and required internship hours are successfully completed.
- Module 1: The Science of Brewing — 4 topics
- Module 2: Brewing Equipment and Technology — 3 topics
- Module 3: Internship
- Module 4: Advanced topics — 4 topics
“Master Brewer Academy strives to be a driving force in the region’s emerging status as a leader in the brewing arena,” said Space. “We are helping to build credibility for South Florida’s craft brew community by providing locally trained people with a solid foundation in brewing science.”
Founded by Todd Space in 2016, the Master Brewer Academy is Miami’s first and only hands-on, educational brewer training course taught inside actual breweries. MBA’s specialized curriculum is designed for diverse learning styles, emphasizes the need for interactive, practical instruction and balances the art and science of brewing with practical expertise delivered by over 30 South Florida brewing professionals. Graduates have gone on to brew at breweries across Florida, the United States and Central and South America. For more information, please visit masterbreweracademy.com or call 305.205.9983.