EWU to Launch Craft Beer Professional Certificate Program

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Eastern Washington University and Spokane’s No-Li Brewery will create the school’s first professional certificate program for the craft beer industry.

The 15-credit program begins in the fall.

No-Li Brewhouse owners John and Cindy Bryant donated $10,000 to help launch the certificate program.

“It’s going to provide high paying jobs and great career opportunities,” John Bryant told The Spokesman-Review.

Chris Cindric, senior lecturer in EWU’s Department of Wellness and Movement Sciences, said the idea for a craft beer certificate program was floated after inviting Bryant to speak in the one of his courses.


More than 64 breweries are located within 100 miles of Spokane and demand is growing for jobs in the craft beer industry, Cindric said.

As breweries grow, they look to hire employees in production, service, distribution, human resources, event management, marketing and more, Cindric said.

Washington state has more than 437 craft breweries and the industry generated more than $2 billion in economic impact in 2019, according to the Brewers Association, a Boulder-based craft beer industry trade group. in Colorado.

Students participating in EWU’s Craft Beer Certificate Program will gain knowledge of the different types, flavors, and ingredients of beer; appropriate service styles; management of the storage and draft system; and diversity, inclusion and equity issues and opportunities within the industry.

Ryan H. Bowman