Lazy Dog Beer Club taps students from college brewing programs to develop latest quarterly release

For the first time, Lazy Dog Beer Club, a quarterly subscription created by beer lovers, for beer lovers, sought out reputable college brewing programs to help create the beers included in a quarterly publication. The kit, dubbed “Mad Science,” includes an eight-pack of four unique 16-ounce beers, developed by four universities across the country. The Lazy Dog Beer Club has collaborated with Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado; University of California, Davis, in Davis, California; University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida; and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

Students used their brewing skills to create a recipe concept, brew a pilot batch sample, and consult with expert brewmasters from major breweries. The students also worked with a professional illustrator to develop the can illustration and a beer name to match the theme. The “Mad Science” kit is available to qualified Lazy Dog Beer Club members starting mid-August and they will be notified by email when their kit is ready for pick-up. Restaurant patrons can also enjoy draft beers being made in the restaurant, while supplies last.

The “Mad Science” version includes the following beers:

“Spark of Genius” Extra Special Bitter + Tea // ABV: 5.5% // IBU: 26

Colorado State University fermentation science and technology students have created a very special bitter beer using Earl Gray tea leaves. Grist-English Pale malt, English Crystal 37, Munich and chocolate malts, plus the addition of English Earl Gray tea, bring caramelized sweetness and a slight tannic bitterness to the beer.

About the school: Colorado State University’s four-year fermentation science and technology program was launched in 2013. More than 200 of their graduates now work for large and small brewers, distilleries, kombucha makers, and other companies. fermented foods and beverages.

“Liquid Gold” California Common // ABV: 5.1% // IBU: 31

Students at the University of California, Davis presented a common-style California beer that is an amber-colored malty discovery with herbal and floral notes. The recipe is a hybrid beer experience, brewed like a beer but with lager yeast. The name was inspired by the local history of the San Francisco area during the California Gold Rush.

About the school: The University of California, Davis has one of the oldest brewing programs in the United States and a highly respected national and international reputation. The Department of Food Science and Technology has evolved from its origins on the UC Berkeley campus (into the Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Department of Dairy).

“It’s alive!” Single Hop IPA // ABV: 6.7% // IBU: 80

The University of South Florida in St. Petersburg has developed an East Coast IPA with peppery citrus notes, thanks to the use of a single hop: the almighty Zeus. This medium-bodied brew lab masterpiece has a full, approachable IPA taste.

About the school: The University of South Florida’s Brewing Arts program began with a collaboration between local breweries and school faculty. The 23-week online program offers a Certificate in Brewing Arts.

“Time Traveller” Dry-Hopped Belgian Ale // ABV: 7.9% // IBU: 35

The Fermentation Science Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois has combined 5th-century medieval Belgian super yeasts with 21st-century New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops to create Time Traveler, a dry-hopped Belgian beer. Pilsner and biscuit malts and corn sugar in the ingredients create a light biscuit malt flavor with a tropical fruit taste.

About the school: Southern Illinois University’s Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science program was established in 2016. The school strives to advance knowledge of fermentation, including the production and analysis of alcoholic beverages, foods fermented and industrial fermentation. The campus offers a certified testing facility and a student-run malting house to help advance student knowledge in the field.

The Lazy Dog Beer Club has also donated to each of the schools for scholarships that will help students pursue careers in the brewing professions.

“We are thrilled to partner with the next generation of brewers at each of these universities,” said John Williams, Marketing Director, Lazy Dog Restaurant. “Each of the schools has great brewing programs, and each student and faculty involved brought a unique perspective to the table. We can’t wait for our members and guests to taste it.

The beers are packaged in a carrier that weaves in fun lab-themed inspirations. A zine provides an overview of each beer school and style, along with tasting notes, ingredients, and suggested pairings for each beer.

The “Mad Science” collection was brewed in collaboration with Melvin Brewing. This version is only available to qualified Lazy Dog Beer Club members. Those interested in joining the Lazy Dog Beer Club can sign up online or at any Lazy Dog restaurant in California, Nevada, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Illinois, or Texas. Once registered, members receive a First Beer Kit, which includes Lazy Dog Restaurant’s house beer and a First Kit drink. Members will then receive a themed beer kit for each additional quarter they are an active member, along with additional benefits such as draft beer upgrades, monthly restaurant draft samplers, 10% off on takeout orders, discounts on beer to go, priority seating. when there is a wait at the restaurant, and more. Membership starts at $35 per quarter.

The Lazy Dog Beer Club also has items available for purchase online, including t-shirts, hats and a new 18″ x 24″ screen-printed poster featuring artwork inspired by scientific brewing methods.


Lazy Dog Beer Club is a quarterly membership created by beer lovers, for beer lovers. The club gives members access to a variety of beers from craft brewers across the country. Breweries create a style specifically for the quarterly release theme, and members go home with eight beers, two of each style, to sample. Benefits begin immediately upon registration and include draft beer upgrades and restaurant draft samplers, 10% off take-out orders, take-out beer discounts, priority seating in case of emergency. waiting at the restaurant, goods, etc. Members receive their first restaurant beer kit upon registration and a themed beer kit each additional quarter they are an active member.


Lazy Dog Restaurant serves handcrafted American dishes and beverages with seasonal ingredients. Influenced by the Rocky Mountain lifestyle where founder Chris Simms grew up with his family, Lazy Dog provides the perfect environment for a quick weeknight dinner, a meandering meal with old friends, or a big night out. It’s open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with a full bar program that includes unique and affordable specialty cocktails and a wide selection of craft beers. Customers can continue the experience at home by enjoying in-house artisan TV dinners and the Lazy Dog Beer Club, a quarterly membership program that gives members access to small-batch specialty beers, merchandise and restaurant benefits. Lazy Dog has locations throughout California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Virginia, Florida, and Texas with more on the way.

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