Craft Beer 101

First course in the Brew U series

(Click here for details on Craft Beer 201)

Beer tanksCraft Beer 101 will expose those who have a general consumer interest in beer or an aspiration to home brew, commercial brew, or generally be a part of the Craft Beer industry. This is the first course in the Brew U series offered in collaboration with Full Circle Brewing Co. Learn the difference between Craft Beer and the products produced by major manufacturers such as Budweiser and Coors, and discuss the history of beer in America, before and after prohibition. We will cover the basics of Craft Beer and provide students the opportunity to witness the actual brewing process on a commercial scale. We'll learn about styles and major ingredients in Craft Beer (water, grain, yeast, hops), and the science of fermentation. Prerequisites: a budding passion for Craft Beer and minimum age 21. Required course materials: Pocket Tasting Guide (

FB logoDates and Times: Wednesdays, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm; Saturday, August 19, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Downtown Center at Bitwise South Stadium, 700 Van Ness at Mono (July 12, 19, & 26); Full Circle Brewing Co., 620 F St, Fresno, CA 93706 (August 2, 9 & 19)

Fee: $250. Class No. 50730. 


Instructors: Mike Sumaya, Arthur Moye, and Diego Arambula

Mike Sumaya, Head Brewer, is a well-respected member of the craft beer community. He joined Full Circle Brewing Company after three years working with another local brewery. He is an artist among tacticians and produced phenomenal beer wherever he goes. Mike will provide a wealth of real world practical knowledge.

Arthur Moye is a CPA, entrepreneur and managing investor of Full Circle Brewing Company. Arthur has been consulting for small and medium size businesses for many years, first in the Bay Area and more recently throughout the Central Valley. He is passionate about downtown Fresno and has assembled a group of like-minded investors who are the main driving force behind the revitalization of Fresno's longest running brewery.

Diego Arambula is a CA credentialed teacher with more than a decade of experience in the Bay Area. With training from Stanford University's Teacher Education Program (STEP), Diego has experience designing courses and units of instruction. He has worked with Mike and Arthur to develop the curriculum and will help co-teach most of the weekly classes.