Enroll now for UW’s Mastering Beer Styles program (three locations)


UPDATED 3/17/2020 – These classes have been canceled but will be rescheduled. Here’s the message:

With the announcement from Governor Inslee that all in-person instruction at universities is cancelled until April 24th, we are in the position of having to make challenging decisions. With the additional public health directives to close bar and restaurants across the state, this makes it particularly difficult for an in-person course like Mastering Beer Styles. Because we do not have a clear end to these restrictions, we are CANCELLING all beer tasting courses for the immediate term. We will look to reschedule classes as soon as possible. We will all need to raise a pint when this is over!

We would like to thank our brewery partners at 7 Seas, Lowercase, and Beardslee. Please continue to patronize these important small businesses in whatever way possible.

As for future offerings of the course, we are working on our schedule for the next academic year – including potential offerings this Summer. It would be great to hear from you if interested in Summer courses. Stay tuned!

Thank you again for your flexibility and patience in this extraordinary time.

Be safe and stay connected with us.


Enrollment is now open for the University of Washington Mastering Beer Styles programs. The classes are offered in three locations: Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma. Classes begin soon, so enroll now. The classes are offered in partnership with 7 Seas Brewing, Lowercase Brewing, and Beardslee Public House.

The Mastering Beer Styles program is just one of the UW’s Craft Beer Certification programs. Learn more about all of the programs here.

In addition to the information in the Program Overview below, here is some news:

The Seattle Mastering Beer Styles class is now being taught by Ariel Klein of Outer Planet and Lowercase Brewing. Here is the Q&A with her. The Bothell location meeting at Beardslee Public House is still being taught by Dean Priebe of Icicle Brewing. All of the MBS instructors incorporate the Cicerone and beer pairing, but Dean is particularly excited about building that out further and spends a good amount of time on those core knowledge areas.

“A cool development in Tacoma is that we have installed a “Hops Garden” as part of the UW Tacoma Giving Garden, which provides fresh produce to local shelters and food banks, including The Pantry at UW Tacoma,” says Christopher Cellars, Program Manager at the Professional Development Center, UW Tacoma. “It is also used as a teaching lab for the biology department. Christopher Clarke of 7 Seas Brewing is leading the Hops Garden project with rhizomes donated by Double R Ranch. Last fall we had our first harvest which he shared with his Mastering Beer Styles students. We will be offering a Mastering Hops workshop around harvest time again this fall.”

Mastering Beer Styles Program Overview

This 10-week course is designed to take students on an exploration through the world of beer. The program provides the core knowledge around the history, terminology and style characteristics of beers. The curriculum is based upon the information covered in industry standard exam certifications such as the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and Cicerone. Upon completion of this program participants will be able to:

  • Exercise knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the world’s diverse beer styles.
  • Understand the basic terminology and methods of brewing.
  • Promote, recognize, and advance beer tasting and evaluation.
  • Understand the standardized tools, methods, and processes for the structured evaluation, ranking, and feedback of beer.
  • Demonstrate the skills to communicate knowledge of beer styles and characteristics to others.
  • Have the knowledge base to take beer industry certification exams.

Who would benefit from this program?

Whether you are just starting out with your first homebrew kit or want to increase beer sales where you work, we are excited to raise a glass with everyone! Many of our students could be described as:

  • Aficionados
  • Home Brewers
  • Food Service & Beer Servers
  • Front of House Staff & Management
  • Distributors and Sales in Beverage Industry

Program Schedule and Locations (Spring term 2020)

Seattle/Lowercase Brewery Taproom –
Tue 03/16/2020 – 06/01/2020
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Bothell/Beardslee Public House
Tue 03/24/2020 – 05/26/2020
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tacoma/7 Seas Brewery
Mon 04/13/2020 – 06/22/2020
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Recommended Qualifications

  • No application required.
  • Students must be at least 21 years old. ID will be checked.


We are proud to partner with 7 Seas Brewing for this first course in what we hope develops into a larger craft brewing program. Students will attend classes and brewery tours at the historic site of the Heidelberg Brewery which now houses the 7 Seas Brewery and Tap Room. {Historic note: Heidelberg used to deliver over 750,000 barrels of beer a year across the Northwest from its on-site artisan well.} Opportunities to tour the 80,000 square foot facility and sit down with 7 Seas co-owners/brewers Mike Runion and Travis Guterson and other regional brewing professionals are highlights of the program.

Mastering Beer Styles and our other craft beer programs are developed in cooperation with industry professionals from: Icicle Brewing, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Counterbalance Brewing, Farallon Consulting, Georgetown Brewing, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Odom Corporation, Pacific Brewing & Malting, PicoBrew, Portland Kettle Works, Skagit Valley Malting, WA Brewers Guild, WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board, Wingman Brewers and many more.



One comment

  1. I’m excited for this next class to start! We’ll take a deep dive into beer styles, a core part of BJCP and Cicerone tests. We’ll be tasting classic examples of beer from around the world and honing our senses to get the most out of every sip. And hey, that University of Washington certificate would look great on a resume! I hope you can join me in Bothell, or one of the other classes in Seattle or Tacoma. Cheers, Dean Priebe, Co-owner and Brewmaster, Icicle Brewing Company.

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