It’s been a whirlwind year so far at University. Firstly since I am now into my last few months of classes the work is piling up. Always being one to try and make things more difficult for myself, I am currently in the throes of an election to (hopefully) become Students Union President.
Regardless of all this, Stirling University Craft Beer Society (SUCBS) have been coming on leaps and bounds. Since February we have successfully had a beer from Williams Brothers installed in our student bar ‘Studio’. It’s really taken a lot longer to come to fruition than I make it sound but we were more than happy to work to get this into our bar as we previously had a choice of mass market lager and the black Irish stuff. It has been great to see our members where they belong, socialising in their own Students Union with a pint of something they actually enjoy.
Tomorrow will also see us home brew as a group for the first time. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to this. The ability to teach members old and new, beginners and experts about the quality of hops, the cold break and many other brewing geekery does still fill me with an odd sense of joy. I think it probably takes me back to the first time that I learned about all these things from my days at BrewDog and continue to learn since then. It often does make me realise that I still have a lot to learn though when a member asks something I am not quite sure of.
Equally exciting is the launch of ‘Procrastination’, the 5% IPA that we have brewed with Douglas Ross of Allan Water Brewhouse in nearby Bridge of Allan. A beer that is made by students, for students is something that we have waited a long time to see. This will be a limited release beer which will be exclusively sold in the city of Stirling, namely Studio and Whistlebinkies to start with. This really is a ‘fait accompli’ for us, it’s taken so long to come to this stage that I know I will be walking around with a massive smile on my face on Wednesday when it goes live. We also plan to bottle the next batch so I may even be able to squirrel some bottles away and bring to EBBC in May.
Anyway that’s the update for now. More beer news, reviews and rants to come very soon but now back to the election.