Craft Beer Education Camp gives craft beer aficionados around the world the opportunity to experience a nine-day version of SDSU’s popular Business of Craft Beer program in one of the finest destinations on earth — San Diego, California.

Since its debut in 2016, the camp has drawn students from around the world — Canada, Columbia and the U.K.; to Venezuela, Australia, and Argentina, and all points between. See their rave reviews in the blog stories featured on the left rail.

Cheers to an unforgettable, international experience.

The Pause that Refreshes

Craft Beer Education Camp is on hiatus, with a return date to be determined. Until then, craft beer aficionados can take their career to the next level with SDSU’s Business of Craft Beer program, taught by the same instructors — a who’s who of local craft beer experts — who made our Craft Beer Education Camp world renowned.

Craft Beer Connoisseur Camp  |  Brewery Start-Up Camp

Choose a Camp (or Attend Both)

Courses

2018 Fall2019 Spring2019 Summer

Program Overview

  • 9 Days of Adventure -- 8 Full Days of Intensive Instruction (55 hours) + 1 Free Day to Explore San Diego
  • Courses at San Diego State University + Local Breweries
  • Instructors are Craft-Beer Industry Experts (Same Instructors as Certificate Program)
  • Welcome Reception. + 2 Sponsored Meals at Local Breweries
  • Certificate of Completion Awarded

Lodging & Transportation

Craft Beer Connoisseur Camp

55 Hours of Instruction — Topics Include:

Brewery Start-Up Camp

55 Hours of Instruction — Topics Include:

Everyone welcome; must be 21 or older. Maximum of 40 students per session. For additional information, email craftbeer.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-3946.

Craft Beer Camp is separate from the Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer. Should you decide to pursue the professional certificate, CB 004 - Brewery Start-Up I will count toward your certificate.

 

Sample Craft Beer Connoisseur Camp Itinerary

Day 1
9 am–1 pm The History of Beer Bill Sysak
1–2 pm Lunch on your own
2–5 pm The History of Beer Bill Sysak
6–8 pm Welcome Reception (Location TBA)

Day 2
8–11 am Introduction to Beer Styles Bill Sysak
11:30 am–1 pm Hosted Lunch (Location TBA)
1:30–5:30 pm Beer Styles, Off Flavors, Light Beers, Wheat BeersGeorge Thornton

Day 3
8 am–12 pm Brewing, Maintenance, Barrel Aging Bill Sysak
12–1 pm Lunch on your own
1–5 pm Introduction to Beer and Food Pairing Bill Sysak
6 pm Optional: Happy hour and free private tour at White Labs

Day 4
Free day to explore San Diego (optional brewery tour at discounted rate)

Day 5
8 am–12 pm Regulations and Draught SystemsMichael Peacock
12–1 pm Lunch on your own
1–5 pm Beer Styles: Pale Ales and IPAsGeorge Thornton

Day 6
8 am–12 pm Draught Systems (Location TBA)— Michael Peacock
12–1pm Lunch; pizza provided
1–5 pm Beer Styles: Browns, Porters, Stouts (Location TBA) — George Thornton

Day 7
8 am–12 pm Draught SystemsMichael Peacock
12–1 pm Lunch on your own
1–5 pm Beer Styles: Belgian Beer and Sour Beers — George Thornton

Day 8
10 am–12 pm Beer Styles Review/ExamGeorge Thornton
12–1 pm Lunch on your own
1–5 pm Beer and Food Pairing Bill Sysak

Day 9
12–3 pm Hosted Lunch at (Location TBA) and Beer and Food Pairing Bill Sysak

 

Sample Brewery Start-Up Camp Itinerary

Day 1
1–5 pm Brewery Start-Up and LocationMatt Johnson
6–8 pm Welcome Reception (Location TBA)

Day 2
8 am–12 pm Location (cont.), Trends and FinanceMatt Johnson
12 pm–2 pm Lunch
2–5 pm Entity and TrademarkCandace L. Moon

Day 3
8 am–12 pm Ingredients and PurchasingMatt Johnson
12–1 pm Lunch on your own
1-5 pm Rules and RegulationsCandace L. Moon

Day 4
8 am–12 pm Marketing PlanLaurie Delk
12–1 pm Lunch on your own
1–5 pm Branding, Targeting, and PositioningLaurie Delk

Day 5
Free day to Explore (optional brewery tour)

Day 6
8 am–12 pm Tasting Room ManagementDave Adams
12:30–2 pm Hosted Lunch (Location TBA)
2:30–5 pm Finance Mary Brettmann

Day 7
8 am–12 pm Digital Marketing and PRLaurie Delk
12 pm–1 pm Lunch on your own
1–5 pm Front of House Staff Training, Labor CostsDave Adams

Day 8
8 am–12 pm Draught Systems (Location TBA) — Michael Peacock
12–1 pm Lunch on your own
1 pm–5 pm Tour Program Management (Location TBA) — Dave Adams

Day 9
9 am–12 pm Distribution Chad Heath
12-1 pm Lunch on your own
1–4 pm DistributionChad Heath
4:30–7 pm Farewell Dinner (Location TBA)

 

Discounted Hotel Rates

To make a reservation, please visit the hotel's site. On the reservation page, there will be a box for "Comments" or "Special Requests," where you may write that you will be a student at SDSU and request a discount or you can enter the "Corporate Code" if one is available.

Hotels

DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley (close to San Diego State University)
doubletree.hilton.com
7450 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone number: 619-297-5466
18 minute trolley ride to SDSU
Corporate Code: 0560022352

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
marriott.com - Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone Number: 619-692-3800
21 minute trolley ride to SDSU
Corporate Code: X3V

San Diego Marriott La Jolla
marriott.com - Marriott La Jolla
4240 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone number: 858-587-1414
30 minute car ride to SDSU
Corporate Code: X3V

Courtyard San Diego Old Town
marriott.com - Courtyard Old Town
2435 Jefferson Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone number: 619-260-8500
35 minute bus ride to SDSU
Corporate Code: X3V

La Quinta Old Town
lq.com
2380 Moore Street
San Diego, CA, 92110
Phone number: 619-291-9100
35 minute trolley ride to SDSU
Corporate Code: ALANG1

Holiday Inn Express San Diego SeaWorld-Beach Area
ihg.com/holidayinnexpress
4540 Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA, 92109
Phone number: 858-274-7888
50 minute bus & trolley ride to SDSU
Corporate Code: 100228152
Rate Category: ILSQV

Residential Hotels

A residential hotel rents single rooms with a bed, small refrigerator, microwave, and a sink. Most rooms also have a private bathroom and shower..

Vantaggio Suites State Street
vantaggiosuites.com/state-street
1736 State Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Email: sd@vantaggiosuites.com
Phone number: 619-595-0111
40 minute trolley or bus ride to SDSU or 20 minute car ride

Vantaggio Suites Hillcrest
vantaggiosuites.com/hillcrest
819 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Email: hillcrest@vantaggiosuites.com
Phone number: 619-542-0819
35 minute bus ride to SDSU or 15 minute car ride

Hostels

Hostels are an option for students looking for affordable short-term housing while they wait for their permanent housing to become available.

Hostelling International
sandiegohostels.org
521 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Email: sddowntown@hiusa.org
Phone number: 619-525-1531
45 minute trolley or bus ride to SDSU or 25 minute car ride