Carlow IT settles on starting date for new four-year BSc in Brewing & Distilling

The bachelor of science degree was devised in consultation with Ireland's booming brewing industry and the government

Carlow IT settles on starting date for new four-year BSc in Brewing & Distilling

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While some concerned parents and teachers might well warn their sons and daughters of the danger of heading off to third-level education and spending four years only thinking about beer, at the Faculty of Science in Carlow Institute of Technology it will result in a degree. Starting September 2017, ITC will offer prospective students a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Brewing & Distilling.

The course, a first in Irish education, is hopping on board the latest boom in Ireland’s expanding brewing and distillery industry, with Hospitality Ireland reporting that the course content was devised with “significant consultation with the industry, representative organisations, national bodies and the government.”

Among the modules that students will follow on their path to becoming brewing graduates are courses in yeast biology, malting & brewing raw materials, the brewing process, distillation & distilled spirits production, and post-distillation downstream processing.

“The BSc honours degree programme in Brewing & Distilling at IT Carlow has a multidisciplinary curriculum,” said Dr Gearoid Cahill, European director of brewing science at Alltech. “The breadth of subjects and practical work experience will more than equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to fill a range of roles in the rapidly expanding craft brewing and distilling sector.”

The new four-year degree will hope to build off the back of Carlow IT’s national reputation as a centre of bioscience teaching and learning, with other technological institutes expected to launch rival programmes down the line. Prospective students can learn more about the course from the ITC prospectus and applications for 2017 positions can be made through next year’s CAO process.

Ireland’s economic recovery has been buoyed up by the country’s brewing and distilling industry; exports of Irish whiskeys have increased by 60% since 2009 and direct employment in the sector is anticipated to increase by as much as 30% by 2025. With 100 micro breweries proposed to be ready to roll barrels out their doors in less than 10 years, and a planned €1bn investment in the 28 distilleries soon to be operating in Ireland, the whiskey industry has set its sights on growing its market share by 300%.

[H/T: Hospitality Ireland]

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