Business Operations in Craft Beer

Offered: Spring/Fall

In the Business Operations Track, you’ll learn about how the many components of craft brewery operations and supply chain must fit together to build a profitable, efficient, and sustainable business. Students will address key topics such as sourcing and procurement, quality systems, new brewery start-up and capacity planning, forecasting, production planning, inventory, logistics, and environmental sustainability.

UVM has partnered with Ekos Brewmaster, the industry leading software solution for managing the business side of your brewery.  Throughout weeks 2-8 of our Operations course, we will integrate the Ekos software into our learning modules, so that you will benefit from using the software in real world case studies.  Whether you are looking to be hired by a brewery or start your own brewery, knowledge of how to use Ekos, combined with the practical understanding of brewery operations, will help you to run a more efficient and effective business so that you can be more successful.

Participants will examine

  • Making Craft Beer
  • Sourcing, Procurement and Receiving Materials
  • Forecasting and Inventory Management
  • Quality, Maintenance, Utilities and Safety
  • Environmental Sustainability and Enabling Systems
  • Overview of Craft Brewery Planning Processes:
    • Long-term Planning I – Location and Design
    • Long-term Planning II – Capacity
    • Mid-term Planning – Demand Planning
    • Short-term – Operations Planning and Scheduling
  • Operations and Supply Chain Risk Management – Assessment, Mitigation and Contingency Planning
  • Human Resources and Staffing considerations

Schedule

Week 1:  Brewery Operations and Supply Chain Fundamentals

Week 2:  The Brewing Process and Required Resources/Ekos Brewmaster: Setting Up Your Brewery

Week 3:  Long Term Planning – Building a Craft Brewery, Considerations, Location, Sizing, and Capacity

  • Ekos Assignment

Week 4: Sourcing, Procurement and Receiving Materials

  • Ekos Assignment

Week 5: Demand Management -Forecasting, Inventory: Receiving and Shipping

  • Ekos Assignment

Week 6: Mid and Short Term Planning and Scheduling

  • Ekos Assignment

Week 7: Quality

  • Ekos Assignment

Week 8: Maintenance, Utilities, Environmental Sustainability

 

Instructors

Patrick Greer, M.B.A.

Director of Supply Chain Services, First Key Consulting
Patrick is a strong commercial strategist with a deep level of supply chain and procurement expertise in the brewing industry. With more than 30 years of experience, he has completed supply chain projects and assignments in 26 countries and is a CSCMP Certified “Supply Chain Pro”. With hands-on experience at every echelon of the organization, Pat has had roles ranging from customer service clerk to director of international logistics at Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Oralee Corbett, B.Sc.

Quality Services
With over ten years of quality systems experience in the food and beverage industry and a degree in Food Science, Oralee has a wealth of knowledge on brewing quality assurance, microbiology, food safety and team leadership. Her career in the brewing industry has included hand’s on experience at many levels, beginning as a lab technician and eventually managing quality assurance laboratories in both craft and large-scale breweries with success. Oralee’s key areas of expertise at First Key include: quality system improvements; quality audits and standards and procedures for Quality Management Systems (QMS); laboratory management; microbiology; HACCP and GMP.

Rod Waite, P.Eng.

Engineering Services Leader, First Key Consulting
Rod leads our Engineering Services group and has over 17 years of experience as an engineering project manager and process design engineer. He has led multi-million dollar capital projects for breweries across North America and has worked with both small and large scale breweries and distilleries. He has worked on engineering projects that include brewing, fermenting/maturation, ventilation, utilities, wastewater treatment, malt/cereals pneumatic transfer, beer de-alcoholization and flavoured alcoholic beverages. Rod’s areas of expertise include brewing process and utilities design engineering, project management, procurement, installation, commissioning and start-up for craft to large scale brewery projects. Rod’s passion for brewing has also led him to take on home-brewing of beer and kombucha.

Industry Guest Speakers

Steve Gagner, Founder/President, 14th Star Brewery, VT

J Michael Mooney, Director of Operations, Firestone Walker

Rich Ackerman, Harpoon Brewing, MA

Adam Beauchamp, Creature Comforts Brewing, GA

Matt McComish, Highland Brewing, NC

Stan Brown, Barnum Mechanical, Inc, CA

Alec Johnson, Ekos Brewmaster, NC

 

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