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UNA Students Brewing Up Something Big

Apr. 12, 2023

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – Students in Digital Arts and the Jeff Eubanks Culinary Arts Management programs have teamed up with Singin’ River Brewery and Wildwood Tavern to create, brand, and market beers that will then be part of the inaugural UNA Brew Challenge 2023 event this spring. 

“For my class – Beer, Wine, and Spirits – this is a hands-on experiential learning opportunity,” said Einar Gudmundsson, Assistant Professor in Culinary Arts. “They take what we discuss in the classroom and apply that knowledge toward creating a consumable product under the guidance of a professional brewer.” 

Singin’ River Brew Master Zach Brenner will work with the students on recipes they develop and research. Meanwhile, in the Digital Media 2 class, taught by Daniel Leonardos, students will create digital marketing material that will involve a logo design and a visual identity for the beers that includes merchandise as well as prototype for a mobile website, poster, and a gift coaster. 

“This is a comprehensive project in which our students get to practice visual identity, packaging, and the user experience design in both print and digital settings,” Leonardos said. “What makes this experience unique is the opportunity to interact with real clients and with industry experts, learning about the processes and regulations that go into designing for the beverage industry. My students also get constructive feedback on their beer and event designs in a healthy competition setting.” 

The UNA Brew Challenge 2023 event is set for Thursday, April 20, from 7-10 p.m. at Wildwood Tavern on Mobile Plaza in downtown Florence. Guests will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite student-made beers, and the beer that gets the most votes wins the challenge. After the kickoff, customers can enjoy the beers at the Singin’ River Brewery Taproom. 

The goal is to help the students gain needed professional skills before graduating, according to Gudmundsson.

“Research, creativity, and food science are all part of this process,” Gudmundsson said. “This is an important aspect of Food and Beverage Management, where this is part of preparing our students to be the leaders in the industry. Knowledge of the products that we serve our customers is so important to a culinary and service professional.”

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/