Microbiology for Brewers
Monday, August 15-Tuesday, August 16, 2022
UW-Stevens Point | Chemistry Biology Building
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Monday, August 15 - Tuesday, August 16, 2022
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Chemistry Biology Building (CBB) Microbiology | Lab Room 366


This two-day hands-on workshop provides brewers with the essential techniques and protocols for managing yeast and bacteria in the brewing process. Ample time in the class allows participants to practice the techniques demonstrated and for viewing their results. No prior experiences necessary. 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. This is not a course on how to brew beer. 

Registration Information​

Registration Fees: 

  • $249
Includes event materials. 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 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.  

​2022 Workshop Dates

Two Day Intensive Workshop:

Workshop availability is first-come, first-served.  
  • Monday, August 15-Tuesday, August 16, 2022

​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 (9.75 total for two days)

When registering online, you will have an opportunity to purchase a parking permit. Permits purchased with registration are emailed within 
one week 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. Enterprize 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.