Microbiology for Brewers Certificate
Saturday, March 25-Sunday, March 26, 2023
UW-Stevens Point | Chemistry Biology Building

Saturday, March 25 - Sunday, March 26, 2023
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Chemistry Biology Building (CBB) Microbiology | Lab Room 366


This two-day class is designed to give brewers hands-on experience with different methods to test for and identify spoilage microbes. These techniques range from very basic to advanced techniques. The course also covers basic microscope use, staining, and methods for yeast quantitation and yeast purity testing. Whether you have a lab or not, this workshop provides tools that can be implemented into a quality assurance program.​ Class size is small, limited to 10, allowing for personalized attention to each participant. Class meets in a fully equipped microbiology lab at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. No prior experience necessary. 

Registration Information​

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  • $325
Includes all lab materials and take-home resources. Lunch is not included. The workshop schedule includes a one-hour lunch break.

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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. 

Instructor Bio


This course is taught by Terese Barta, Ph.D.,​ Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. Barta has been teaching microbiology classes since 1994. In 2012, Terese saw a need for hands-on professional development in the brewing industry. She developed the Microbiology for Brewers program as a professional development tool for the brewing industry. Brewers from across the country and Canada have attended the workshop over the past 10 years. Terese has been homebrewing since the 1990s and has a certificate in craft brewing form Cornell University.

​2023 Workshop Dates

Two Day Intensive Workshop:

Workshop availability is first-come, first-served.  
  • Saturday, March 25 - Sunday, March 26, 2023

​Course Outline

 Day 1 (9 a.m. - 4 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 bactieria with selective media 
  • Biochemical tests to identify bacteria contaminants 
  • Yeast counts by diluting and hemacytometer ​

 Day 2: (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

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


On weekdays, metered parking is 75 cents per hour (or $6/day)

When registering online, you will have an opportunity to purchase a parking permit. Permits purchased with registration will be emailed prior to the event. If you do not purchase a permit with registration, but later decide to purchase one, contact Continuing Education Customer Service to order one. Permits purchased on the day of, or the day prior to the event are not guaranteed.

Directions, Map and Parking Links

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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. Enterprise Rent-a Car is located close to campus. 

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be done in writing to rbauer@uwsp.edu
  • Cancellations received 2 weeks prior to the workshop will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received 1 week prior to workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made less than 1 week prior to the start of the class.

Substitutions can be made at any time. Please notify us of any substitutions. 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. 
Please contact Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or uwspceweb@uwsp.edu.