SIU beer on tap for university’s Fermentation Science Institute

Consider pairing beer with lunch, dinner, or desert.

Soon you’ll be able to enjoy a tall glass of a flagship beer brewed by students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

beerYou read that correctly. STUDENTS will actually be the ones brewing the ale.

It’s all a part of the big things on tap for SIU’s Fermentation Science Institute. The new interdisciplinary program is aimed at training the professional brewers, vintners and distillers of tomorrow for key jobs in those growing industries.

SIU Brew

Plans are underway to create a new commercial production-scale brewery that officials hope to set up in conjunction with the FSI.

It would function primarily as a brewery. But it would also be used as a teaching facility and provide a space for regional breweries to supplement their current production.

Once in place, the facility would be capable of producing 3,000 to 10,000 barrels of beer annually.

A shiny new distillery, donated by Artisan Still Designs, is also awaiting installation at the FSI.


It can produce any type of distilled beverage. That means you’ll be able to eventually sip on a glass of whiskey, vodka or gin.

Plans are also underway to create a state-of-the-art sensory laboratory and a new malting facility.

All four projects will take over roughly the same space inside the McLafferty Annex, located on the SIU campus’ far west side.

The university hopes to have the facility up and running by July 1, 2019.

The search is on

Currently, the university is looking for a commercial brewery to collaborate with the program and use the brewing facility.

The brewery would operate with its own employees, but FSI students might also work there as student workers or interns. The underused capacity of the brewery might also be utilized for contract brewing, including for production of an SIU beer.

The end goal would be to set up a world-class program.