The Beverage Production and Management Program will prepare students for a career as beverage managers working in the beverage industry. In addition to beverage technology, students are exposed to the underlying sciences behind beverage production, including biology and chemistry courses. Students will also be introduced to purchasing, cost controls, marketing and business/hospitality law.
Beverage Production and 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 beverage equipment and technology, draught beer technology, beverage recipe formulation, brewing, distilling, wine production 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 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
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
Some courses are not eligible for Financial Aid. Please check the list here when considering a course.
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.
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.
Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses
Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.