Brewing and Distilling Micro-credential at Maynooth University

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This Brewing and Distilling Micro-credential at Maynooth University is both co-designed and co-delivered by industry experts and will equip learners with the necessary scientific knowledge and instrumentation competencies to develop skills relevant to the alcoholic drinks industry.

The course was created in response to the strong demand for an analytical course to support the growing Irish craft brewing and traditional whiskey industries.

Brewing and Distilling Micro-credential at Maynooth University

This course is ideal for:


  • A new entrant to Brewing & Distilling (B&D) looking to upskill and develop applicable knowledge in QC and analysis.
  • A professional already in the B&D industry who is looking to upskill to enhance their career development.
  • A craft brewery or traditional whiskey distillery seeking a quality training opportunity to enhance employee skills.

Topics covered by industry lecturers include:

  • Yeast: Introduction to relevant Analytical Techniques.
  • Environment & Sustainability.
  • Analysis in Fermentation & Raw Materials.
  • Distillation.
  • Sensory analysis & small molecule impact on flavour.
  • Quality: Process Control & Clean-in-place (CIP).

Micro-credential course delivery:

  • 11 weeks of one-hour live online lectures provided by experts in the B&D industry followed by a 3-day hands-on laboratory experience working with Maynooth University experts in our modern lab setting.
  • Lecture notes, workshops, group work, virtual lab simulations and online quizzes will supplement your learning experience.
  • Career Development Lecture by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) – Irish Section.

Industry Course Delivery

Dr Gearoid Cahill – Slane Distillery Manager & Master Distiller
Dr Jack O’Shea – Managing Director Distilltech Teoranta, Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) Fellow
Dr Cathal Connolly – Associate Director of Research, Alltech
Mr Daragh Cuskelly, MSc – Brewing &Distilling Technologist, Kerry Group

Maynooth University is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is located in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. It is Ireland’s youngest university, having been founded by the Universities Act, 1997 from the secular faculties of the now separate St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, which was founded in 1795.

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