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2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Brewing and Beverage Management (AAS)

School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)

The Brewing and Beverage Management Program will prepare students for a career as beverage managers working in the beverage and brewing industry. In addition to brewing technology, students are exposed to the underlying sciences behind beer production, including biology and chemistry courses. Students will also be introduced to purchasing, cost controls, marketing and business/hospitality law.

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Brewing & Beverage Management is an excellent field for individuals seeking a challenging career in a rapidly growing industry.  The associate degree is a four term program.  Students will study brewing equipment and technology, draught beer technology, beer recipe formulation, brewing and cellaring skills, safety, sanitation, chemistry, biology and microbiology, supervisory skills, human relations, guest services, food pairing and menu management, and other general coursework.  Classes include classroom and lab time.

Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is designed for: Professionals seeking the knowledge and experience necessary for management-level positions in the brewing and beverage industry.
  • This educational option can be completed: Part-time or full-time.  Full-time students can complete the program in four terms.
  • This educational option can be started: Fall and Spring Terms
  • Primary course location: Main Campus; many class meetings will be held at commercial breweries

Special Requirements

  • Students must be at least 21 years of age or older at the start of term for all BEV courses, except BEV 1160  
  • Students must be able to repeatedly lift 55 pounds
  • Students must be able to be on their feet for 8 hours
  • Students must be able to work in a hot environment for 8 hours
  • Students must be willing to taste beer in small quantities for analysis

Additional tools or supplies required for this educational option

  • Students are required to purchase chef’s uniforms, textbooks, and tools

Educational Opportunities

Students completing the certificate may also receive a level 1 Cicerone® certificate, draft beer technology certificate, forklift operator certificate, New Mexico alcohol server’s permit, and brewery safety training certificates. 

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.


Employment Opportunities

Graduates who have earned their A.A.S. in Brewing & Beverage Management are well prepared for entry-level and mid-level jobs in the brewing industry, and management-level jobs in the beverage industry.

Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students may demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by Diploma/GPA , placement exam scores , or specific course work.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Associate of Applied Science in Brewing and Beverage Management 62-63 credit hours

Program Approved Electives