Innovation That Matters

At Canadian university, a student-owned microbrewery

Food & Drink

The University of British Columbia in Canada is in the process of creating what it says is the world's first student-owned campus microbrewery.

We’ve seen plenty of brewery related innovations over the years on Springwise, but recently we came across another notable example. The University of British Columbia’s alma mater society is in the process of creating what it says is the world’s first student-owned campus microbrewery. The UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS) already sells about CAD 1 million a year in alcohol and food at two Vancouver campus outlets, and now there are plans for a student-owned brewery to be built in a new student union building set to be finished in 2014, according to a report in The Province. Plans call for the new microbrewery to occupy the 1,000-square-foot basement of the new building, groundbreaking for which will take place at the end of February. The brewery is reportedly expected to add between CAD 500,000 and CAD 1 million to the new building’s CAD 103 million building budget. “We hope to pay it off relatively quickly. We go through a lot of beer,” commented the AMS president Jeremy McElroy. Is there any match more natural than college students and a microbrewery? Campuses and student organizations around the globe, there’s plenty for inspiration here.



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