How does Cincinnati State Brewing Co. sound?
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is pursuing a brewing permit to allow the two-year, public college to sell beer made by its students and to eventually open a tasting room on campus.
The college, which offers an associate degree in brewing science and certificate in brewing sales and marketing, would be the first in Ohio to hold a brewing permit.
"Our goal is to have our own space with a taproom," said Carla Gesell-Streeter, who chairs the program.
Before a tasting room would open, the student-made beer would be available at the college's Summit Restaurant. The school, which has nearly 10,000 students, also would offer its beer at local beer festivals.
Gesell-Streeter had hoped to serve beer at the upcoming Cincy Winter Beerfest, set for Feb. 1 and 2 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, but the partial federal government shutdown has delayed its brewing application with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The bureau has suspended operations during the shutdown.
Cincinnati State students now brew on a half-barrel BrewMagic system, with instructors coming from local breweries such as Rhinegeist, Samuel Adams and Urban Artifact. Students won three silver medals last year at the inaugural Ohio Craft Brewers Cup held at the Dayton Beer Co. in Dayton.
Gesell-Streeter said she would like the brewing program to include a brew-on-premise operation in the future. Brew-on-premise involves people coming to a brewery to make beer using supplied ingredients and under the watchful eye of a professional brewer. The Brew Kettle in Strongsville runs the most successful brew-on-premise business in Ohio.
Cincinnati State is modeling its brewing program after one at Niagara College Canada, which has campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario. Many other Ohio colleges offer brewing classes and Lourdes University in Sylvania is launching a four-year bachelor's degree in craft beverages. But no other college has a brewing permit to sell student-made beer.
The Jolly Scholar brewery is located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, but the brewing permit is held by the owner of the brewery and not the university.