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College gets craft beer namesake


Article Written by David Hall


The Brackety-Ack has discovered something brewing here at Roanoke College – no, literally.

Soaring Ridge Brewery, a Roanoke-based maker of all things ale, has made the college its very own beer. They are calling it the Kicking Post, in honor of the RC tradition of kicking the post between Admissions and Trout for good luck. It is also an amber ale, to match the maroon school colors.

All the owners of the brewery are Roanoke College alumni. According to the Operations and Sales Manager Claire Ainsworth, Alumni relations approached the brewery in the fall about making the beer in time for alumni weekend.

A tragedy among men, all the ale’s foamy goodness was consumed during alumni weekend, as it was a single release. 77 fluid barrels (bbls), about 220 gallons, were pumped into kegs and consumed.