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Dave Goldman Went from Home Brewer to Pro Following Brewing Science Certificate Program

Published on August 1, 2019

Dave GoldmanIn 2017, Dave Goldman was an experienced home brewer and co-owner of a group of restaurants. His passion for brewing and public demand for craft beer propelled the decision to build a brewpub, Urban Village Brewing Co. in Northern Liberties.

Goldman was ready to put his skills to work as a pro and decided to pursue formal training at USciences Brewing Science Certificate Program. It was an eye-opening experience. “You don’t know what you don’t know until you know more. I had the confidence but there was a lot I didn’t know,” Goldman said 

Today, he manages the busy bistro and a portfolio of some 50 beers in its seven-barrel brewhouse. And he has a real depth of understanding about the process – water chemistry, fermentation, yeast impacts, and shelf life.

He cites the program’s microbiology component as invaluable. It prepared him for fine control of each beer’s flavor profile. “As a home brewer, I did not fully understand yeast. Now I have a greater appreciation of all its impacts, in flavor and overall quality,” he said. 

USciences also made him a smarter customer, interacting with vendors like his canning service, where controlling quality factors like dissolved oxygen can make or break the product.

“Even just talking to vendors, most of what they say would be going over my head. Without USciences training, I would be winging it,” Goldman said.

Categories: Misher College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, Brewing Science, Alumni, Proven Everywhere, Graduate, Career