Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Beer measured by degrees
The first casks of beer from Europe’s first-ever microbrewery managed by students for students have been rolled out.
Suffice to say, OverDraught IPA (5.6% abv) developed by Stu Brew, Newcastle University’s eco-friendly microbrewery, was an instant, sell-out success at the Students Union MensBar. The positive response has now led the beer to be offered at various venues across the campus and at the Crow’s Nest and Trent House pubs in the city. BrewDog in Newcastle and Allendale Brewery have also lent their expertise to the project.
Stu Brew was set up as a Student Community Action Newcastle (SCAN) scheme in 2013 to establish sustainability projects as a part of the National Union of Students (NUS) Student Green Fund.
Zelda Mendelowitz, co-president of Stu Brew, says: “It has brought together more than 200 students who have helped guide the microbrewery enterprise, develop recipes, brew and cask beers, and also market research and academic projects linked to the microbrewery.”
The project is part of Newcastle University’s school of chemical engineering and advanced materials and involves students in academic studies along with business studies, label design, sourcing ingredients, online promotion and bottling.
“They have conducted their own market research, secured trademarks and designed the labels themselves,” says Red Kellie, SCAN project coordinator. “It’s also about sustainability and understanding the input of chemicals and waste management.”
Stu Brew operates a highly energy efficient heat and cooling system for the 2.5-barrel facility.