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Homebrewing Beer Undergraduate Badge

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Homebrewing beer is a craft as well as a science that has been enjoyed for centuries.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

This badge is designed to give you the skills required to brew, bottle, and assess beer while learning to safely produce and serve your product. You will learn the history of brewing, the characteristics of major Western beer styles, the health benefits of beer, and how to identify off-flavors and tastes.

Anyone admitted to Grand Valley as a degree-seeking or a nondegree-seeking learner may complete this badge.

Why Study Homebrewing at Grand Valley?

  • Gain knowledge on the history of beer, its health characteristics, and the role of major ingredients in the brewing process.
  • Learn how to create your own beers and carry out standard homebrewing practices.
  • Submit your beverage for brewing competitions.
  • Earn a badge to highlight marketable and desirable skills to potential employers while enhancing your education and setting yourself apart from the competition.
  • Badges are an efficient way to obtain a specialization and can be completed in a semester.


Admissions to complete a digital badge is open to both degree and nondegree-seeking students. If you are not currently a Grand Valley student, start your application here.   

For current GVSU students:

  • Declare your badge via myBanner. Login to Banner Self-Service, click on Student, Student Records, Add a Certificate or Badge to your Program, Select the appropriate badge from the drop-down list, and click Submit.
  • Speak with the appropriate badge coordinator to ensure criteria are being met. You will be able to track your progress toward the badge in myPath as well!
  • Once you are done with the requirements, apply to receive the badge via myBanner.
  • Once the completion of your badge has been verified, the badge will be posted to your student record and will be viewable on your transcript. In addition, your digital badge will be posted on

Location & Format

Students in this program study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


The badge is achieved through face-to-face learning and comprised of one three-credit class:

  • CMB 350 - Foundations in Brewing

You will have the opportunity to enter your beverages into competition for evaluation, scoring, and awards.

You can stack this course with additional classes to earn a badge in advanced craft brewing, see for details.

For More Information

Cell and Molecular Biology Department
P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science, 3300a
(616) 331-2315

Admissions and Recruitment Office