About Us

Throughout the last 146 years, the Siebel Institute has attracted an extensive global following. Our alumni span more than 60 countries, and graduates are found in nearly every major brewery around the world. Our classes include a mix of participants from breweries of all sizes from here and abroad. This vast and diverse base of participants enhances the learning opportunity of each student by exposing them to differences in culture, equipment, methodology and beer styles. In our formal lectures and demonstrations though, we focus their attention on one common theme: beer.

Siebel continues to focus on one basic theme, as was published by Dr. J. E. Siebel in a Western Brewer ad from 1893. He stated, "The object of the institute is to promote the progress of the industries based on fermentation, which is done by instruction, investigation, analysis and otherwise."

Dr. John Ewald Siebel founded the Zymotechnic Institute in 1868, and opened John E. Siebel's Chemical Laboratory which soon developed into a research station and school for the brewing sciences. In 1872, as the company moved into new facilities on Belden Avenue on Chicago’s North side, the name was changed to the Siebel Institute of Technology. During the next two decades, Dr. Siebel conducted extensive brewing research and wrote more than 200 scientific articles and books. He was also the editor of a number of technical publications, including the scientific section of The Western Brewer.

Beginning in 2000, a number of changes occurred. After many years of ownership, the Siebel family sold their name-sake business to Montréal, Canada-based Lallemand, Inc., a company specializing in the development, production, and marketing of yeast and bacteria. In 2013, the Siebel Institute of Technology moved to its current location at 900 N. North Branch Street. The institute incorporated many of the previous locations elements, including the Bier Stube bar and furnishings. The Stube remains a favorite spot where students and instructors socialize after a full day of study. Please visit www.siebelinstitute.com for further information.