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Craft beer takeover to continue as Irish college offers first ever brewing course

Classes begin September of next year.

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AN IRISH COLLEGE is offering students the chance to study the science behind brewing and distilling alcohol.

The Level 8 Honours Degree has been made available by IT Carlow and the first class is scheduled to take place in September of next year.

The programme is the first of its kind on the island of Ireland and the result of two years of research and development that has included consultation with industry, national bodies and government.

Alongside the degree course, the Institute will offer several continuous professional development (CDP) programmes for employees.

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They include: yeast biology, malting and brewing raw materials, the brewing process, distillation and distilled spirits production.

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Dr Patricia Mulcahy, president of Institute of Technology Carlow, said: “One of the most welcome aspects of this initiative has been the expert support that we have received from the sector across the region, nationally and internationally.

One of the biggest factors in meeting industry needs is higher education and training. I thank and congratulate all who have and will continue to contribute to the delivery of this excellent programme.

The brewing and distilling sector is now one of Ireland’s fastest growing industries, exporting over 95% of its production.

According to the Food Wise 2025 national plan, Ireland’s brewing and distilling industry will contribute towards the creation of an additional 23,000 food and drink based jobs by 2025, an 85% increase in food and drink exports to €19 billion and a 65% increase in primary production value to €10 billion.

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