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Student Homebrewing Group
Christina Geissler(CHRISTINAG)
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 9:59 AM
Joined: 6/14/2010
Posts: 14

We recently have a new student group on our campus "Homebrewing & Craft Beer Enthusiasts Club".   While we are certainly in favor of students gathering around common interests, we are trying to learn all the ins & outs of how to help this group actually function as a group on campus & still follow University Policy (which doesn't directly address the making of beer). 

Does anyone have any similar functioning group and could give us recommendations about what you are doing in practice?

Some initial questions the group has posed to us are:

1. having images of beer on posters that would go up around campus (normally we do not approve) - allowed?

2. Ability to have a brewing demonstration on campus?  Allowed?  Aside from the logistics of a set up with boiling water - when does the mixing of ingredients become or is considered alcohol?  

3.  21+ for any tasting events is a no-brainer, but what about informational meetings? Discussions about beer & brewing?   If the group is strictly 21+ for those sorts of meetings, does that fall under age discrimination? 

Any other info is appreciated...thank you! 


Adam Burden(aburden)
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 10:03 AM
Joined: 3/30/2007
Posts: 25

Hi Christina,


At Ohio State, we just went through a similar issue with a Wine Club getting set up. We've also had beer brewing organizations try to register (so examined all of the relevant policies) even though they didn't follow through with it. I'd be glad to talk specifics with you, if you want to contact me at or 614-292-1319.


-Adam Burden

Michael Henthorne(Michael)
Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 11:21 AM
Joined: 4/9/2007
Posts: 28

Because Oregon State teaches both beer and wine-making as academic programs, we don't have much of an issue with it, should it emerge again as a student organization.  Interest has been short-lived when it has existed.

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