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    Something’s brewing

    Courtesy of Arizona Home Brew Club

    The UA always encourages its students to join clubs as a means of getting more involved with campus life, but clubs that stray from the academic path are limited, and it can be difficult to find one with a unique flair.

    For those searching for a club that’s out of the ordinary and who have an interest in various alcoholic drinks, the Arizona Home Brew Club may be a perfect match.

    The Home Brew Club is eponymously named for its activities, where members brew their own beers, wines, meads and ciders. Not only does the club brew its own beverages, it also teaches its members how to make those beverages through a variety of brewing sessions. Firsthand learning is a key component that members experience, whether they are veteran brewers or new to the art of brewing and fermenting.

    “[I’ve] always been quite interested in brewing my own beer and wine,” said Robert Meares, a studio art junior. “The club would help bring knowledge and understanding of the techniques used to make great beer or wine from home.”

    Fortunately, members do not have to be over 21 to join the Home Brew Club. However, members must be at least 21 years of age in order to try the fermented products, if they wish to do so.

    “This is a club for all people,” said Aidan Blum, the club’s president. “If you like beer, wine, mead or cider and would like to learn more about these terrific drinks, then join the Home Brew Club.”

    There is no semester fee for being a club member.

    When asked if the description of the Home Brew Club entices him to join, engineering sophomore Hector Silva replied, “It does. I know brewing beer is an art and a difficult one. Plus, I would learn skills for an interesting hobby that I can keep my whole life.”

    Not only can the Home Brew Club be an interesting and memorable addition to any future resume, the club’s teachings on the brewing and fermenting processes can also be applied outside the club. Anyone can continue to brew their own alcoholic creations with a complementary 10 percent discount at any of Tucson’s three local brew stores: Brew Your Own Brew, Brewers Connection and MR.BEER®.

    “This club isn’t for people who just want to get drunk,” said Raymundo Solis, an undeclared sophomore and club member. “They help you find the tools you need to help get started and make your own home brew. Despite the hard work, you still get to relax, and it’s a lot of fun.”

    If the Home Brew Club provides the activities, atmosphere and unique touch you’re interested in, email Aidan Blum personally at to ensure a spot on the Arizona Home Brew list.

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