This beer is Allsopp's Arctic Ale, brewed for an arctic expedition that failed in 1875. An auctioneer selling the beer told the BBC that in researching the beer he found it would most likely be "sweet tasting with a hint of tobacco," based on a similar beer that was opened and tasted.
While California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA isn't the first university to hold a class on beer, it is the first to sell the beer made by the brewing class on campus. The increased interest in craft beer may be the reason behind growing popularity in college brewing courses. Cal Poly is only the beginning, Colorado State University also plans to start selling its microbrews made by students.
Since the craft beer industry is growing, David Ryder, chief brewmaster for MillerCoors told CBS Los Angeles, “This could be a natural progression for college programs."