Brewery opens at ASU
by Anna Oakes
Appalachian State University is officially in the
Ivory Tower Brewery — ASU’s educational brewery housed on
the bottom floor of the Broyhill Events Center atop Bodenheimer Drive — held a
soft opening Oct. 5, offering six draft beers for purchase.
The brewery received federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and
Trade Bureau permits in November 2011 and N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control
permits in July of this year, said Brett Taubman, an assistant professor of
chemistry and one of the founders of Ivory Tower Brewery.
Taubman believes ASU is the first college in the country
to sell its beer on campus. The
University of California-Davis sells beer as part of its brewing courses
through an extension program at a private brewery.
The brewery is part of ASU’s efforts to train students and
conduct research for North Carolina’s burgeoning craft brewing industry.
In June, the University of North Carolina system Board of
Governors approved a new bachelor of science degree in fermentation sciences at
interdisciplinary degree includes coursework in advanced chemistry and biology,
math, nutrition and business, as well as wine production principles, principles
of fermentation science and brewing science.
students and faculty brew all beers produced at Ivory Tower Brewery. The
brewery’s tasting room does not plan to open regularly to the public at this
“The brewery will primarily provide beer upon request
for university functions, as well as distribute kegs and growlers to retail
stores, bars and restaurants around town,” said Taubman. “I’m not sure how
often we’ll be able to open the tasting room to the public, as our production
capacity is limited, and much of the beer produced is used for research
purposes. However, we would like to when possible since it’s a great way
for our students to interact with and receive feedback from the consumer.”
The brewery recently launched a new website, ivorytower.appstate.edu.