Beverage Management

Ready to Start a Career in Beverage Management?

Do you dream about opening your own bar? Passionate about the different qualities and varieties of wine? The beverage management concentration within our School of Hospitality Management offers in-depth knowledge of beverages including wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea and more. You’ll learn how a beverage program can bring enhanced profitability to an operation through topics that cover planning, distribution, marketing, inventory control, as well as spirits and mixology. In addition, our courses also prepare you for the Sommelier and Certified Wine Steward examinations.


A Program That’s Professional, Relevant and Global

Recent years have seen an explosion of new liquor brands, micro-breweries, craft beers, wine growers and wine-producing countries. Our Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Beverage Management addresses the need for specialized managers to manage beverage programs in restaurants, banquet operations, night clubs, hotels, casinos and cruise ships. This concentration also focuses on the marketing of beverages at the retail and wholesale level and considers the challenges of beverage manufacturing operations. Students can choose to gain additional experience through trips to Napa Valley, Bordeaux area of France, the wine growing area of Australia, or Munich, Germany for craft brewery. You will also have the opportunity to work the bar in our Dining Room, a living classroom where students serve lunch and dinner to members of the community.

In-depth Certificates

Kendall College offers students the opportunity to go in-depth on a particular topic or field. Advanced learning may lead to certifications like Le Vin Gourmand or Kendall Spirits Professional.*

Le Vin Gourmand
Kendall offers different levels of sommelier certification for students and alumni; from a focus on wine with a smaller emphasis on beer, spirits, coffee, tea, sake and cider all the way to in-depth analysis on food and wine pairing. The certification comes after passing a rigorous and comprehensive exam including questions of theory, essays on geography and production and a blind tasting.

Kendall Spirits Professional
Students can expand their knowledge of cocktails by sitting for the Kendall Spirits Professional certification and passing the exam which includes the creation of a cocktail in a timed setting from a repertoire of 30 possible recipes.

*Prerequisite courses, grades and fees may apply.

Why Choose Kendall College?

Do you dream about opening your own bar? Passionate about the different qualities and varieties of wine? The beverage management concentration within our School of Hospitality Management offers in-depth knowledge of beverages including wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea and more. You’ll learn how a beverage program can bring enhanced profitability to an operation through topics that cover planning, distribution, marketing, inventory control, as well as spirits and mixology. In addition, our courses also prepare you for the Sommelier and Certified Wine Steward examinations.


A Program That’s Professional, Relevant and Global

Recent years have seen an explosion of new liquor brands, micro-breweries, craft beers, wine growers and wine-producing countries. Our Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Beverage Management addresses the need for specialized managers to manage beverage programs in restaurants, banquet operations, night clubs, hotels, casinos and cruise ships. This concentration also focuses on the marketing of beverages at the retail and wholesale level and considers the challenges of beverage manufacturing operations. Students can choose to gain additional experience through trips to Napa Valley, Bordeaux area of France, the wine growing area of Australia, or Munich, Germany for craft brewery. You will also have the opportunity to work the bar in our Dining Room, a living classroom where students serve lunch and dinner to members of the community.

In-depth Certificates

Kendall College offers students the opportunity to go in-depth on a particular topic or field. Advanced learning may lead to certifications like Le Vin Gourmand or Kendall Spirits Professional.*

Le Vin Gourmand
Kendall offers different levels of sommelier certification for students and alumni; from a focus on wine with a smaller emphasis on beer, spirits, coffee, tea, sake and cider all the way to in-depth analysis on food and wine pairing. The certification comes after passing a rigorous and comprehensive exam including questions of theory, essays on geography and production and a blind tasting.

Kendall Spirits Professional
Students can expand their knowledge of cocktails by sitting for the Kendall Spirits Professional certification and passing the exam which includes the creation of a cocktail in a timed setting from a repertoire of 30 possible recipes.

*Prerequisite courses, grades and fees may apply.

  • Top Ranked

    The School of Hospitality Management at Kendall College is rated (#29) in CEOWorld’s rating of the Top 50 Global Hospitality Management Schools.

  • Global Connections

    As part of the Laureate International Universities network, Kendall students have the opportunity to study across 70 institutions in 25 countries.

  • Chicago - A Hospitality Mecca

    Chicago was named number two on CVENT’s list of the top 50 cities for meetings and events in the United States for 2016.**

  • 97% Employment Rate

    97% of our June 2015 hospitality management graduates reported being employed in their field within six months of graduation.***

Testimonials

  • "The best thing about working in the hospitality industry is that you never know where it will take you next. In my case I was tending bar one week and the next I was managing a bar on the U.S. Embassy Baghdad.”

    - Steven Saam, Bartender at The Dawson, Hospitality Management, '13

  • “What I gained in my courses has helped me effectively communicate with different levels of management.”

    - Dhruv Khanna, Director of Food and Beverage at Hotel 1000, Hospitality Management, '09

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