Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD)
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) is the world’s leading professional body for people working in brewing and distilling. As an international professional and educational body the IBD promotes “The advancement of the education and professional development in the science and technology of brewing, distilling, and related industries.”
Dating back to 1886 the IBD now boasts over 5,000 members and is the largest global professional body for brewers and distillers, and the only one with a worldwide footprint. Global membership is administered on a geographic basis with sections around the world. Members are grouped into regional sections, four of which are in the United Kingdom: Great Northern, Southern, Midlands, and Scottish. There are an additional four international sections: Africa, Asia Pacific, Irish, and International. Membership classes include Student, Standard, Retired, and Fellowship levels.
The IBD offers a range of examinations and qualifications in brewing, distilling, malting and packaging, ranging from the Fundamentals of Brewing and Packaging and of Distilling for nontechnical personnel, through General Certificates in Brewing, Distilling, Malting or Packaging, to Diplomas in Brewing, Distilling, or Packaging. The ultimate accolade is the Master Brewer or Distiller qualification, which assesses levels of both competence and knowledge in the technical management of the production process.
Supporting its members through lectures, technical visits, seminars, and conferences worldwide as well as publishing the monthly Brewer and Distiller International magazine and quarterly Journal of the Institute of Brewing the IBD brings many advantages to individual members and their employers. Association with an internationally recognised professional body enhances a person’s standing in his or her profession and provides opportunities for contact with professional colleagues in brewing, distilling, and related industries.