Beverage Arts at Brightwater | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Beverage Arts

As a beverage arts student at Brightwater, you'll be prepared to work as sommeliers and mixologists, graduating with certifications in beer, wine and spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and Cicerone. But it’s not only about certifications and skills. You'll understand how craft beverages start in the ground and learn the processes that convert raw ingredients into complex beverages.

You'll share foundational classes with culinary and pastry students as they begin their journey to understanding the development of flavor. You'll evaluate the flavor and quality of wine, beer and spirits and understand the components of craft cocktails.

Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared for a variety of careers in the beverage industry.


  • Art of Fermentation
  • Beer
  • Advanced Wine
  • Advanced Spirits

CISQ 1103 Intro to Computer Information
ENGL 1013 Composition I
FDST 1013 Food Safety
FDST 1703
MATH 1003 Survey of Technical Math OR MATH 1203 College Algebra Accelerated
MATH 1204 College Algebra with Review * OR
MTCM 1003 Comm and Math for Workforce AND MATH 1001 Special Topics Surv Tech Math
* Students intending to transfer to a 4 year institution should take College Algebra

ENGL 1023 Composition II
FDST 1003 Food Systems
FDST 1023 Foundations
FDST 1103 Culinary Nutrition
FDST 1503 Beverage Management

FDST 1513
FDST 1523 Wine
FDST 1533
FDST 1543
FDST 1603 Cost Control

FDST 2523
FDST 2533
FDST 2823
FDST 2903 Internship

FDST Elective - see course catalog for additional Food Study courses

** FDST 2911 Practicum I, FDST 2921 Practicum II, and FDST 2931 Practicum III, may substitute for FDST 2903 Internship

Degree & Careers

  • Mixologist
  • Sommelier
  • Cicerone
  • Wine/Beer/Spirits Educator
  • Brewer, Vintner, Distiller