The University of British Columbia’s Alma Mater Society (AMS) is creating the world’s first microbrewery owned by students. The Canadian university’s new student union building, which is expected to be completed in 2014, will house the 1,000-square-foot brewery in its basement. This project sounds like a great idea for a consumer-owned enterprise as students and beer seem to be a natural match.
The Province reports that the microbrewery is expected to add an extra $500,000-1 million to the $103 million building budget of the student union but AMS president Jeremy McElroy told them: “We hope to pay it off relatively quickly…We go through a lot of beer.” He also added:
We’re going to be the first in the world — there are universities that run breweries, but no student unions, not even in Europe… We realized, ‘We can do this!’ We could brew our own beer, reduce costs, increase the awareness of craft beer culture on campus, all doing something no one else was doing.