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KPU Brewing Alumni

The KPU Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma started in 2014 with the first cohort of students graduating in Spring 2016. Our Brewing alumni can be found working in craft breweries across Canada from Vancouver to Nova Scotia! Below are some profiles of our grads and a list of breweries you can find them working at.

Where are our grads now?

Here's a list of some of the breweries where you can find KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations alumni working. Stop in and say hi or look for them at the next craft beer festival you attend!

Parallel 49 Ravens Brewing Four Winds Brewing
Dead Frog Brewing Big Ridge Brewing Red Truck Brewing
R&B Brewing Main Street Brewing Brittania Brewing
Noble Pig Brewhouse West Coast Canning Category 12 Brewing
Canoe Brew Pub Yellow Dog Brewing Central City Brewers + Distillers
Spinnakers Brew Pub Factory Brewing Bridge Brewing


KPU Brewing Alumni Ashley BrooksFeatured Alumni Interview

Ashley Brooks

Head Brewer | Big Ridge Brewing |
2016 graduate

Why did you decide to enrol in the KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma?

AB: I’d been interested in getting into brewing for a while and when I saw the KPU Brewing program, I thought it was a great opportunity to fast-track my way to a head position. So, I went to the info session and it all started from there.

What are the most important things you’ve learned from the program that have helped you in your career?

AB: The courses are very in-depth and they cover all aspects from brewing in general, to the science behind brewing and how to brew good beer.

To read Ashley's full interview, click here.



Trevor Zechel | Head Brewer & Brewery Manager
The Noble Pig Brewhouse |
2016 graduate

“My success story is the best endorsement I can give about the Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma program at KPU. They took someone like me, who knew nothing about brewing, and in two years turned me into a capable and confident brewer. I was comfortable enough with the skills and knowledge I learned to take over as the sole brewer and brewery manager of a busy brewpub, The Noble Pig in Kamloops. I was hired before I even finished school!”

Tony Charrett | Brewer
Parallel 49 Brewing Company |
2016 graduate

“The KPU Brewing program taught me the critical thinking tools I needed to thrive at Parallel 49. The courses and instructors gave me the insight into how a professional brewery operates and what it will take to turn my passion into my own business someday.”

Dan Marriette | Brewer
Ravens Brewing |
2016 graduate

“This program opened my eyes to how technical brewing can actually be. I wouldn't be where I am today at Ravens Brewing, if I hadn't gotten my Brewing diploma at KPU. It's getting more competitive as the whole craft beer industry continues to grow, and having a formal brewing education is a huge advantage.”