Welcome to the 1869 Tap Room, a classic, old-style pub located on Purdue Memorial Union’s ground floor. The pub welcomes guests 21 years or older to celebrate Purdue gameday traditions with a craft beer from People’s Brewing Company. Food will be served by Purdue Dining & Catering featuring an appetizer menu from Pappy’s Sweet Shop. The 1869 Tap Room officially opens Purdue Homecoming weekend, Oct. 13-15.
The Tap Room will also feature an educational display depicting Purdue’s growing research into fermentation science and hops production, with the goal of creating excitement and support for Purdue’s current and future research in fermentation and hops production.
Indiana has a long history with fermentation — including being home to the first successful vineyard and winery in the United States — and Purdue’s faculty and researchers are working to create the knowledge, technologies and techniques to maintain Indiana’s leadership position.
Purdue hops researchers and students in the College of Agriculture work closely with several local and Indiana hops farmers to test and evaluate their crops for physical and chemical quality properties — the same hops that are used in some of People’s Brewing Co.’s products.
Today, Indiana is the 4th-largest producer of biopharmaceuticals in the United States. As fermentation industries — including biopharmaceuticals, biofuels, craft brewing and wine production — grow in Indiana, Purdue is graduating trained individuals for these growing job markets.
Relationship with People’s Brewing Co.
People’s Brewing Co. owner, Chris Johnson is a Purdue alum. People’s Brewing Co. works closely with Purdue hops researchers in the College of Agriculture, as well as with fermentation specialists in the Department of Food Science. A portion of the hops People’s uses in their brews are locally grown and are varieties studied by Purdue hops researchers.
Purdue and Indiana state regulations concerning the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages are strictly enforced, and underage students who violate these rules are subject to disciplinary action under the Social Code.