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Alumni | Brewing & Brewery Operations

KPU Brewing Alumni

The KPU Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma started in 2014 with the first cohort of students graduating in Spring 2016. In 2019, KPU Brewing was named Top Brewing School in North America in the US Open College Beer Championship and Brewery of the Year at the 2019 BC Beer Awards. Our Brewing alumni can be found working in craft breweries across Canada and around the world! Below are some profiles of our grads and a partial list of the breweries you can find them working at.

Where are our grads now?

Here's a just a partial list of where some of our alumni are working. Stop in and say hi or look for them at the next craft beer festival you attend!

33 Acres Barnside Brewing Co.  Bomber Brewing
Breton Brewing Bridge Brewing Brittania Brewing
CAMP Beer Co.  Canoe Brew Pub Category 12 Brewing
Central City Brewers + Distillers Citizen Brewing Company Dageraad Brewing 
Dead Frog Brewing Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers Faculty Brewing Co.
Four Winds Brewing Fraser Mills Fermentation Co.  Granville Island Brewing
House of Funk Main Street Brewing Molson Brewery
Mountainview Brewing Co.  Northpaw Brew Co.  Oddity Kombucha
Parallel 49 Patina Brewing R&B Brewing
Ravens Brewing Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. Settlement Brewing
Spinnakers Brew Pub Steamworks Brewing Three Dogs Brewing
Trading Post Brewing Ucluelet Brewing Co.  Yellow Dog Brewing

Featured Alumni Interview

Kyle York | Brewmaster | Canoe Brewpub, Victoria, BC

2016 graduate

To read Kyle's interview, click here.

Previous Alumni Interviews

Iain Sutherland | Head Brewer | Breton Brewing

Ted Fine | Head Brewer | Main Street Brewing

Ashley Brooks | Quality Control Manager | Four Winds Brewing

Shaun Kilby | Assistant Brewer | Trading Post Brewing


Alumni Testimonials

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.”

Interested in learning more about the KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma? 

Join us for a Brewing Information Session! For dates and registration, visit