Craft beer is not only a beverage staple across the Treasure State, but it's also an economic contributor.
Over the last five years, craft beer employment has increased by more than 200 percent. And Beer Institute research shows Montana ranks fourth in the nation for beer consumption.
Montana State University Billings is getting in on the trend and offering two new programs for aspiring craft beer connoisseurs.
"The Craft Beer Learn and Taste" program starts this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the College of Education building. MSUB is also hosting a "Brewing and Fermentation" program.
Program instructor Paul Pope says these programs equip students with knowledge and experience needed to join this lucrative business.
"It's a growing industry and there's no signs of it stopping," he said. "And as far as saturation of the market, we don't really see that at this point yet, and so there's lots of jobs in this industry, across the country."
Students will learn answers to questions like what is craft beer and what does it take to produce it? And yes, they'll get to taste some too.
The next program, "Craft Cider" starts December 7th.