Media release – University of Tasmania, 9 November 2022

Industry partnership brings science to the art of brewing and fermentation

Tasmania’s thriving brewing and distilling industry can now access internationally recognised brewing and fermentation science education thanks to a new partnership between the University of Tasmania and industry experts.

The partnership with the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) and FermenTasmania opens the door for Tasmanians to acquire internationally recognised learning and accreditation.

Kim Seagram AM, the Chair and Cofounder of FermenTasmania said the partnership would build accredited knowledge and scientific understanding into the industry’s reputation for global excellence.

“Much like our wine industry, with its rich history of excellence in education and training – from understanding the science behind fermentation to the actual hands-on making skills -we want to provide a platform to help build this for the Australian brewing sector,” Ms Seagram said.

“By working with IBD and FermenTasmania, we are partnering with global experts in the beverage industry and fermentation to provide our students with the best possible education and opportunities to succeed in this growing industry,” Interim Executive Dean of the College of Business and Economics Stuart Crispin said.

“Through this partnership and our courses, we will continue to support Tasmanians as they seek out skills, knowledge and connection in this space.”

The IBD provides the world’s most widely recognised and sought-after professional beverage qualifications. With qualifications recognised globally and 4 levels of expertise, covering foundation to master, the IBD caters for all types of professionals with a passion for brewing and distilling and allied industries. Around 4,000 professionals from around the world take annually its qualifications.

“We are delighted to partner with the University of Tasmania to help students and professionals in brewing and distilling to acquire excellence in technical knowledge to deliver high-performance outcomes for both them and their businesses.

We are continually elevating our high standards in education and development, while engaging and connecting professionals and organisations across the world to share experiences. The best way to be prepared for the current global challenges is acquiring expertise through education and the ability to deploy it”, Douglas Murray, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the IBD said.

The first major step in this partnership is the launch of the Science of Brewing Operations short course pilot this month, which is supported by the Tasmanian Government through the Department of State Growth’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills2Manufacturing Grant Program.

The pilot is designed to meet the needs of Tasmania’s brewing industry and support and enhance learning pathways to strengthen this crucial sector through skills, knowledge, and capability to foster growth and enhance production quality.

In the pilot, 20 participants will have the opportunity to gain relevant skills and knowledge and apply them in practice. The course also aims to build their confidence and provide them with support to complete the IBD exam and attain global certification.

“As Tasmania’s brewing industry continues to flourish and gain international recognition, this partnership and short course pilot will provide participants with support, knowledge and the opportunity to acquire further qualifications,” Discipline Lead, Applied Design, Science and Technology Dr Robin Barnes said.

The Science of Brewing Operations short course pilot commences in November 2022, with further industry-relevant learning opportunities available in 2023.