In our endless quest to advance excellence in the industry, SDSU’s Business of Craft Beer program now offers quarterly seminars led by industry experts on all things zymurgy. The seminars are open to all (must be at least 21), and the cost will vary based on duration, and accompanying food and drink frills.

General public: $79
Current SDSU Business of Craft Beer students: $69

Seminar Facilitator:
Eric March, Foreman, Star B Bison Ranch and Hop Farm
Ramona, CA
Eric March oversees the daily operation of a 1,270-acre property with multiple grazing pastures for two herds of American Bison, as well as three acres of commercial hop production for Southern California Craft Brewers. Star B Bison Ranch and Hop Farm currently grows 23 varieties of hops, and March has more than a decade of experience as a grower. He is the co-founder of The San Diego Hop Growers Association and is currently building the California Hop Growers Association. He also works with the Hop Growers of America Small Grower Council to help educate growers and promote hop production in non-traditional regions. March is a homebrewer, and self-proclaimed beer geek and hop head.

For more information, email or call (619) 594-3946.


2018 Summer2018 Fall2019 Spring
CB 0016 Hops Seminar

Let’s dive deep for three hours into the world of hops. We’ll explore hops, then and now; and take a look at the history, usage, growth, biology, and business of the lifeblood of craft beer. Please join Eric March, foreman of the Star B Bison Ranch and Hop Farm in Ramona, CA, for some awesome content, and hear from our panel of experts including Tom Nickel, creator and owner of Nickel Beer Co.; and Jeff Wiederkehr of Burning Beard Brewing Co.

Course Date(s)

Eric March