Todd White (right) chats with former student Nate Woodall

A new TN-based educator team is meeting the nationwide shortage of trained brewers and distillers. The Brewing and Distilling Center (BDC), opening this week, addresses the expanding demand for trained brewers and distillers needed by the beverage industry.

The East Tennessee-based Center generates intense immersion courses, custom-designed to train professionals to tackle the industry’s shortage. Courses include live instruction and onsite brewing/distilling internships to ensure certificate-earning students are prepared to team with industry professionals.

Center founder, Todd White, explained the growing demand for brewing/distillery-trained personnel. “Just last year, the US surpassed 5,000 breweries. That’s amazing. The interest in craft beer and bouquet-distilled spirits has never been greater. The Center’s professionals are ready to train students who want to learn skills and unique methodologies for an industry that is embracing new employees.”

Well-known brewer Marty Velas describes the Center’s experiential program design as compact and reasonably priced. “Classes are held in a Knoxville-based commercial brewery. The curriculum includes engaging with local breweries, distilleries, tap rooms, and even a hops farm. The 13-week program is compressed to 10 hours of instruction per week along with an internship that includes 52 hours of practical training. It’s a bang-for- your-buck program that gets our students ready for real world employment in an industry that is in dire need of trained employees. The Center is meeting that demand.”

Marty Velas (left) and Todd White at Fanatic Brewing Company

Applications for the inaugural July cohort are being accepted.

“The 13-week Professional Brewing + Distilling Technology Certificate, taught by professional instructors, master brewers and industry distillers, is skills-based and is less expensive than college-designed programs,” added Velas.

Home brewing classes and other industry-related services are available.

To learn more or register: or call 865-622- 7511.

Media Background: The BDC was founded by Todd White who has over 3.5 years of experience educating brewing industry professionals and has extensive experience placing certificate-earning students in the brewing and distilling industries. White is a founding member of several civic charity events, including Tennessee Winter Beer Fest and Hops for Hope, benefiting New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center; he also is involved in the Hops in the Hills beer event.

More Info and Interview Contact: Dr. Todd White | 865-622- 7511 |