About Us


The Beer and Cider Academy is a key part of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD).  Just like the Academy, the IBD started small – a few brewing scientists sat down in a coffee house to discuss problems associated with malting and brewing science.  Later that year, in 1886, the Transactions of the Laboratory Club were published and the Institute was born.  Now the Academy is one part of a worldwide organisation of professional brewers, distillers and maltsters in over 100 countries – many of them will still sit down over a coffee and discuss problems associated with the malting, brewing and distilling science but hopefully not the same ones as we had over 130 years ago!


Our Story


The Beer and Cider Academy was founded as the Beer Academy in 2003 by a small group of beer enthusiasts and quickly attracted support from brewers (large and small), beer retailers, trade associations and consumer groups who enabled the Academy to put together a series of courses and training materials delivered by a small number of experienced and knowledgeable tutors with a real passion for beer.

To date, over 4,000 people have attended Academy courses together with a further 10,000 who have enjoyed talks and beer tastings at venues like the BBC Good Food Show, the Great British Beer Festival and the British Museum as well as in pubs and bars up and down the country.  We now have 166 Beer Sommeliers from seventeen countries, many of whom make a living from their beer knowledge.  With the launch incorporation of cider, we are now looking forward to training Cider Pommeliers with equal success.

So, whether you’re a dedicated and enthusiastic amateur, in the drinks business, a brewer or cider maker we look forward to you being part of our story.