Master Brewer Academy in Miami Launches New Curriculum

As the craft brew industry has grown sustainably over the last decade, so has people’s interest in learning how to brew their own concoctions at home. To help novices learn the finer details of crafting beer at home, Master Brewer Academy (MBA) will offer a new program next year.

The 11-month program will be held on nights and weekends starting Jan. 5, which includes a three-week internship. Founded and led by MBA’s Director of Education Todd Space, the brewing curriculum is taught inside South Florida’s most noteworthy breweries, including Est. 33 (where Todd is the head brewer), Cerveceria La Tropical, The Tank Brewing Co., and Tarpon River Brewing, and taught by their respective head brewers.

“South Florida’s thriving brewing scene welcomes students to literally tap into the market and learn all phases of beer production,” Space says, who has 20 years of experience as a brewer and professional science teacher. “From grinding malt to adjusting water chemistry and propagating yeast in the lab, MBA students will gain the knowledge and application to work toward becoming a brewer. “

The MBA curriculum is designed for various learning styles and emphasizes the need for hands-on, practical instruction. It balances the art and science of brewing by covering a range of industry subjects, including brewing science, field technology, equipment and the beer business. MBA graduates have gone on to brew at breweries across Florida, the U.S., and Central and South America.  

The Master Brewer Academy consists of four modules containing 11 different topics. Although enrollees are encouraged to go through the entire 11 months, drop-ins are welcome, with 12 seats available per topic. Current industry employees are encouraged to enhance their learning by jumping into topics that will round out their brewery skill sets.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students can enroll in the 11-month program for $7,950 (there is a 15% “pay in full” discount). They will receive a “Certificate of Completion” after completing all coursework and required internship hours.  

  • Module 1: The Science of Brewing – 4 topics
  • Module 2: Brewing Equipment and Technology – 3 topics
  • Module 3: Internship 
  • Module 4: Advanced Topics – 4 topics


“Master Brewer Academy strives to be a driving force in the region’s emerging status as a leader in the brewing arena,” Space says. “We are helping to build credibility for South Florida’s craft brew community by providing locally trained people with a solid foundation in brewing science.”

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.