Food and Beverage Appreciation
Microbrewery and Tasting Room
This facility will feature a state-of-the-art open concept, teaching microbrewery, tasting room and brewing science laboratory to provide brewing science and hospitality management students with hands-on education and training necessary for employment in the ever-expanding craft brewing industry. The facility will expose students to all aspects of commercial beer production, such as scientific principles and facility operation, as well as technological innovation and its influence upon production methods, quality control and the sensory profile of all beer produced.
The microbrewery and tasting room will be enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass, providing customers and pedestrian traffic with a 360-degree view of the entire production and service operation, as well as the enticing aromas emanating from the production process. The tasting room will feature a range of mainline beers produced by the onsite operator, as well as a number of seasonal AU Brews developed in conjunction with the Auburn University Brewing Science and Operations Program.
Hey Day Market
Located adjacent to the main entrance/lobby to the center on South College Street, this bright and airy 9,000 square foot food hall will be accessible to the public. The design will feature an industrial look with stained concrete floors and firehouse doors that open to the green space for additional seating. Hey Day Market vendors will offer a variety of unique culinary opportunities available within minutes.
Wine Appreciation Laboratory
Located on the second floor above the 1856 teaching restaurant, the center features a wine appreciation laboratory for 50 students. The instructor will be a master sommelier or a certified wine educator who will not only be teaching wine appreciation classes for students in the program and the campus at large but will also provide the community and hotel guests the opportunity to experience classes and tastings.
Distilled Spirits Laboratory
Located adjacent to the wine appreciation laboratory on the second floor, the distilled spirits laboratory will feature a micro distillery for the purpose of research and will provide students educational experiences in the distillation process. The instructor will be either a Master Sommelier or a Certified Spirits Educator. Classes will be open campus-wide and will also create opportunities for the Auburn community and hotel guests to experience distilled spirit education and tasting.