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Empowering students, beer industry professionals and college advisors to find the perfect program to enter the beer industry.

Majoring in Beer provides tools and guidance as you explore your educational options. There are many great programs in brewing and associated fields. So have fun looking, discovering and choosing the beer program that’s perfect for you.

We created Majoring in Beer because there was a need for a trusted, comprehensive and objective location for people looking to learn about beer and enter the brewery industry. This site also highlights resources for scholarships, jobs and internships. Please let us know if we’re missing something so we may keep this site as up-to-date as possible. Salud!

Chris Cook & Vicki Purslow, Founders 

Chris and Vicki

Who We Are

Chris Cook

Name: Chris Cook
Hometown: Brockport, NY
Profession: Marketing consultant, coach and adjunct professor
Favorite activities: Telemark skiing, hiking and wine tasting (beer too!)
Recommended read: Just Kids by Patty Smith
Best advice for students looking for the right beer program: Pick a school in a location you love. Enjoy the area when you’re not at school (‘cuz it’s important to be well-rounded). Try to get an internship nearby and you can live the dream.
Favorite beer: Caldera’s Toasted Coconut Chocolate Porter

Vicki Purslow

Name: Vicki Purslow
Hometown: San Leandro, CA
Profession: College professor and co-owner of the “Majoring In” websites
Favorite activities: Playing the saxophone, playing pickleball, and raising goats and chickens
Recommended read: How to Be an AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi
Best advice for students looking for the right program: Meet with the professors at the colleges and universities where you are most serious about attending – you want to be sure they are a good fit for your learning style and interests.
Favorite brewhouse: My grandmother’s pub, The Bell Inn near Oxford, England
Favorite beer: Whitbread Pale Ale

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Majoring in Wine empowers students, wine industry professionals and college advisors to find the perfect program to enter the wine industry. There are many great programs in viticulture, enology, wine business and associated fields.