​Microbiology for Brewers

Microbiology for Brewers

NOTE: the June event has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.  
A new workshop is scheduled for July 11-12, 2017. 

​Brewing Microbiology and Microscopy Course

This one and a half day, hands-on course will provide brewers with the essential techniques and protocols for managing yeast and bacteria in the brewing process. Ample time is allowed for participants to practice the techniques demonstrated and for viewing their results. No prior experiences necessary. Class size is small, limited to 12, allowing for personalized attention to each participant. Class meets in a fully equipped microbiology lab at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This is not a course on how to brew beer.

Target Audience

Commercial craft brewers who are getting more involved in microbiological aspects of quality control, as well as home brewers who want to better understand aspects of production.

2017 Workshop Dates 

Workshop availability is first-come, first-served. 

  • February 11-12 (Sat/Sun)
  • April 15-16 (Sat/Sun)  
  • July 11-12 (Tues/Wed)
  • August 9-10 (Wed/Thur)
  • November 11-12 (Sat/Sun)

Course Outline:

Day 1 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Lunch not included)

  • Use of the Microscope
  • Media preparation
  • Aseptic technique
  • Plate pouring
  • Culture transfer
  • Streak plate and pour plate techniques for single colonies
  • Plating samples by filtration
  • Detecting bacteria with selective media
  • Biochemical tests to identify bacterial contaminants
  • Yeast counts by dilution plating and hemacytometer 

Day 2: (9 a.m.-noon)

  • Observe streak plates, pour plates, and dilution plates from previous day
  • Simple staining and Gram-staining techniques
  • Catalase and oxidase tests

2018 Workshop Dates 

Workshop availability is first-come, first-served.  Registration for workshops in 2018 will open in mid-summer, 2017.  

  • January 6-7 (Sat/Sun)
  • March 31-April 1 (Sat/Sun)  
  • July 10-11 June 7-8 (Tues/Wed)  
  • July 18-19 (Tues/Wed) 
  • November 17-18 (Sat/Sun)

About the Instructor

This course is instructed by Terese Barta, Ph.D., Department of Biology, at UW-Stevens Point. Terese has been teaching microbiology in the UW system since 1994. As a way to introduce her bacteriology students to a practical application of the field, she took up home brewing, and has been an avid home brewer ever since. While at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon Center, she began outreach to the community by teaching home brewing courses, and was instrumental in creating the Bull Falls Brewers, a home brew club in Wausau, Wisconsin.

In 2012, at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, after providing consulting work to a local microbrewery, Terese found a need for professional development opportunities in the brewing industry.  She developed the Microbiology for Brewers program that year to target professionals in the brewing industry as well as home brewers. 
Terese Barta at UW-Stevens Point Department of Biology:  About
Phone: 715 346-4241
Email: tbarta@uwsp.edu (content question only)  
All registration related questions should be directed to Continuing Education Customer Service at 715-346-3838. 


Weekday Workshops:

Use Lot R or Lot Y metered parking which allows you to prepay for up to 12 hours. Lot R only takes coins. Lot Y takes coins and debit/credit cards. University meters are $0.75 per hour ($.25 for 20 minutes).

Tickets will be issued to vehicles parked in non-metered lots.  Free parking is available near campus on Fremont and Ellis Streets (two blocks away from campus) south of Clark Street.  Most city streets have two hour limited parking spots and parking is strongly enforced on and around campus on the weekdays.

Weekend Workshops:

Parking is free in the city and on campus over the weekend.

Hotel Accommodations

Please visit the Stevens Point Area Visitors Center for a complete list of area hotels: http://www.stevenspointarea.com/    

Airline Information

Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) is the closest airport to Stevens Point and it is located in Mosinee (pronounced Mo-zin-ee), Wisconsin.  Some Stevens Point hotels offer shuttle service to and from CWA. Check with the hotel to find out.  

Rental Car Information 

Various rental cars are available at the CWA airport.  Enterprize Rent-a Car is located close to campus. Some Stevens Point hotels offer shuttle service to and from CWA.  Check with the hotel to find out.    

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

Substitutions may be made at any time.  Full refunds for cancellations will be granted upon written request to Continuing Education and Outreach, up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the class.  Cancellations up to 1 week prior to the start of the class will be refunded minus a $25 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than 1 week prior to the start of the class.  No shows will be responsible for the full registration fee. 

Cancellation requests must be sent to spech@uwsp.edu or Continuing Education and Outreach, 2100 Main Street, Old Main Building Room 032, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

​Registration & Fees

Registration fee: $249 per person.
Beginning in 2018, the cost will increase to $299 per person. 

Registration is only 
available online.

Registration for 2017 is open!


Full payment is due at the time of registration. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.

The registration fee includes event materials. Lunch is not included. Information on local lunch locations will be sent in the confirmation letter.


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Trainer Natural Resource (TNR) Building
Microbiology Lab Room 451

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For registration questions, please contact Customer Service at 715-346-3838 or contact Samantha Pech, Outreach Specialist, Continuing Education at 715-346-4593 or spech@uwsp.edu.