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Old 12-07-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
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I'm getting the Iowa State club off the ground and the administration loves the idea, but they just want to protect themselves legally and find a precedent.

I know University of Colorado has a club and I'd heard the University of Madison Wisconsin had one too but I cant find confirmation.
Does anyone know of other colleges with homebrew clubs? it'd be a huge help

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Old 12-07-2009, 04:28 PM   #2
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I know Skidmore, where I go doesn't. But I can check to see if the University of Michigan does...

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Old 12-07-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 12-07-2009, 04:47 PM   #4
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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
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:09 PM   #5
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I go to the University of Houston and we have a pub on campus, but I'm not sure if that implies that we can drink on campus outside of that pub. That's a good question I guess. I'm not sure if there are any homebrew clubs in Houston at all. I've tried to do some research and have found nothing. It's kinda depressing.

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Old 12-07-2009, 05:24 PM   #6
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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.
I think combining these ideas are the way to go. Prohibition doesn't work, especially in a college setting. I'd see if the university would offer an exemption since it gives them the opportunity to promote responsibility in this area.
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:31 PM   #7
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I know Skidmore, where I go doesn't. But I can check to see if the University of Michigan does...
UM doesn't have one on campus, but there is a large homebrew community that meets at Grizzly Peak in Ann Arbor. They have monthly meetings that feature a variety of homebrews and a yearly homebrew competition, the winner of which get's to brew a batch of their beer with Duncan (head brewer) and it is featured on the rotating cask selection.

Wish I would have dove headfirst into brewing while I was grad school at UM, but I just didn't have the time. Now I am curious if CalTech has a homebrew club, doubt it...
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Good luck with the club! I'm an ISU alum and unfortunately I didn't get into craft beer/homebrewing until after I graduated. A club like this might have gotten me on the 'right' path a little earlier!

Glad to hear Olde Main is still going - they just got off the ground when I was finishing up and the beers weren't quite dialed in yet. Will have to swing by next time I'm in central Iowa.

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Old 12-07-2009, 05:49 PM   #9
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I am also a recent ISU alum. I still make frequent trips back to Ames. I would be interested in the club and information once it gets started. I got into home brewing after i graduated. I still support one of the clubs i was involved in as a student.

As for help on the topic i have none.

Best of luck to you.

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That's a pretty sweet deal you have hooked up with the local brewery.

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