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Lagering for Fermentation Science. Or Hot Tubs.

Rogue Ales & Spirits introduces Hot Tub Scholarship Lager to raise money for the Jack Joyce Scholarship.


A glass of Hot Tub Scholarship Lager at Rogue Hall in Portland, Ore.
A glass of Hot Tub Scholarship Lager at Rogue Hall in Portland, Ore.

In 2014, Rogue and Columbia Distributing introduced the Jack Joyce Scholarship. It was intended to support students pursuing their passion for brewing and distilling at Oregon State University’s Fermentation Sciences program.

The first scholarships were awarded to three OSU students on October 30 of that year. Originally only two $10,000 scholarships were available but Amanda Mae Woodruff, Trevor Lauman and Daniel Sharp were such stellar candidates that the committee chose all three.

One of the first three scholarship recipients (we won’t tell you who) used his award to cover the basics for school then used the leftovers to buy what every Fermentation Sciences student needs: a Hot Tub. The recipient thought it was the most Rogue thing that could be done with the money and since Jack Joyce himself was a fan of hot tubs, Rogue was all for it.

Since that original scholarship, seven more OSU Fermentation Sciences students earned Jack Joyce Scholarships for between $10,000 and $15,000. No word on how many more hot tubs have been purchased.

As Rogue prepares to award more scholarships in 2016, this Helles Lager is inspired by the original scholarship. Rogue Brewmaster John Maier crafted a lager that Jack Joyce himself would have enjoyed in a hot tub and called it Rogue Hot Tub Scholarship Lager.

Seven ingredients were used in the brew: Pils, Carahelles, and Dextrapils Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty & Alluvial Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Bohemian Lager Yeast.

The refreshing 4.6% ABV brew is now available on tap at Rogue Ales & Spirits pubs around Oregon, in Issaquah, Wash. and San Francisco. A portion of the sales from the lager go toward the Jack Joyce Scholarship.