Beer club opening doors for prospective brewers

Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 at 11:25 AM

The SHRM Northern Arizona Craft Beer Association (NACBA) has been building connections between students and the Flagstaff community since Day One.

Jordan Gregory, senior HA student in the club, began a volunteer/internship position with Mother Road Brewing Company because of the connections he was able to make with Michael Marquess, the owner, through the SHRM program and the beer club.

“He’s always been very helpful to the NAU beer club,” Gregory said.

A partnership with Mother Road allowed students in the club to brew their own beer at the beginning of this semester which was then put on tap in the brewery. That experience, along with the educational aspect of the club, has helped to further students’ interest in the craft.

During meetings, the students like to focus on the unique tastes of different types of brews, how to get a large variety of flavors using just a handful of ingredients, and just the general process of brewing.

“It’s fun to see people come out and want to learn about craft beer, not just drink, because that’s not what this club is about,” Gregory said. “It’s something great for other students to learn, and I think it’s something that everyone should experience at some point.”

He wanted to further his knowledge of the up-and-coming fad by working hard in his position at Mother Road.

“Now that I’ve been working as a volunteer, I’ve also begun working as a brewing assistant, and I’m head of our non-alcoholic beverages division,” he said.

He’s also developed a recipe for an English Brown Ale that he brewed this past Friday, February 27 using Chef Mark’s brewing set-up. His experiences in SHRM and all of the opportunities presented have led to him successfully pursuing a career in craft beer.

Learn [a lot] more about the SHRM Northern Arizona Craft Beer Association HERE

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