History of the Brewhaus
It was a simple concept... create an environment where the UWSP
community could gather to share ideas, stories, a friendly game of
billiards, a cup of coffee and maybe even a cold beer. Students and
staff of the University Center gathered during the second semester of
1997 to put their ideas on paper and put the plan in motion.
department formerly known as Recreational Services was moving to Allen
Center to create better access to their equipment. The space they were
vacating was unique in size and structure; some paneled walls, carpeted
floor, cement floor and a variety of pipes running through the ceiling.
A "perfect" place for a coffeehouse/pub!
committee struggled for a long time with a name for the department. But
after seeing the location, and the budget, the "basement" theme seemed
appropriate. Since a lot more than coffee and beer would be brewing in
the new area, the committee combined the physical location with what
was happening and came up with the "Basement Brewhaus."
keep with the theme and the budget, the staff spent the entire summer
prior to opening scavenging through rummage sales looking for
furniture, lamps, board games and anything else that you might find in
your typical basement recreation room. The staff also spent countless
hours painting water pipes, putting up wall decorations and arranging