Originally Posted by Edcculus
Clemson had one, but it fizzled out before I got there. I thought about restarting it, but never got around to it. I'd check into a few things:
-Whether they allow alcohol consumption on campus. There is always homebrew at my club meetings (non school related). Nobody is getting hammered, but meetings are a great way to share beer, get feedback and have a few pints with friends while discussing beer and brewing. If alcohol can't be served on campus, find a place to meet off campus.
-try to find a regular meeting place. It will be much easier to attract people to the same location than a new one each month.
- make sure to put a focus on responsible drinking and connoisseurship. If you use it as a platform for people to appreciate beer, the administration will be more open to the idea. Make it known you aren't here to provide cheap/free booze.
I appreciate the advice. These are all things that me and the president have thought out in depth and for the most part have already taken care of.
We do have a dry campus so we plan to meet off campus at our local microbrewery Olde Main (if you're ever in the central Iowa area, I suggest you stop by and try their dinky wheat and if you're lucky enough to be here in the winter grab a pint of Reindeer fuel) who has been nice enough to sponsor us and offer a heckofalot more support than we anticipated (in the form of kegs, carboys, yeast, hops, grains, the whole nine yards!).
They will also handle ID'ing members to ensure that no one under 21 is drinking and protect us from liability.
We're also in talks with a local Substance Abuse program and we plan to have someone from that group come in and talk to our group at least once a semester about alcoholism and other risks involved.
Also we've branded ourselves as a homebrewing club, not just a beerbrewing club so people of all ages can get involved. We do intend to look into making our own sodapop and holding non-alcoholic events on campus to encourage a more widespread appreciation