Calhoun Community College Workforce Solutions and Fractal Brewing are kicking off the second home brewing course this fall. Classes, which will be held at Fractal Brewing Project, Education Room, 3200 Leeman Ferry Rd SW in Huntsville, will be held Oct. 12-Nov. 16. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
According to the American Homebrewers Association, more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. currently homebrew their beer. Research shows that 40% of those individuals began the hobby within the last several years.
“Home brewing has become a very popular hobby, and with so many breweries in our local area, individuals are now able to learn from experts and possibly start their very own brewery should they choose to continue learning more about this unique skills trade,” said Doug Brazier, Calhoun Workforce Solutions business developer.
The course will be taught by Bradley “Robo” Robinson, a Huntsville native and veteran in the brewing industry. Robinson has more than 10 years of experience in brewing and holds several certifications from Cicerone Certification Program for German beer.
Class participants will gain hands-on experience with brewing equipment, proper cleaning brewing process, fermentation and packaging.
“The real magic of this course lies not only in the knowledge and skills gained upon completion but also the opportunity to take the advanced course, which offers an industry-accepted Brewer’s Apprentice Certificate. With that certificate, students have the potential for direct hire as an assistant brewer at most craft beer breweries,” said Houston Blackwood, director of Calhoun Workforce Solutions.
The class is open to anyone 21 years old or older.