Like most college students, Cody Reif wasn’t exactly sure where his career path would lead when he entered CSU.
A microbiology and biochemistry student, he originally was set on becoming a doctor. Then, he took a liking to lab research, and marine biology was his next passion.
But it wasn’t until he was introduced to the world of home brewing that Reif (BS Microbiology ’02) knew he had found his passion. Soon he was embarking on a career with New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins and creating beers for the No. 4 craft brewery in the country as a research and development brewer.
Reif has worked closely with students and faculty in CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology program and has been greatly impressed by the knowledge of graduates of the highly regarded program.
Still, it wasn’t until the spring of 2017 that Reif really got in touch with his CSU roots. That’s when he was asked to take the lead in a unique partnership between New Belgium and CSU.
Reif’s assignment: Create a beer that celebrates the Rams and is perfect for game-day enjoyment. The result: Old Aggie Superior Lager.
Old Aggie, officially introduced on July 1, 2017, has been a huge success, with New Belgium selling more than 80,000 cases in a little over a year. It has become a fixture at Canvas Stadium and the New Belgium Porch.
“It was unbelievable as an alum to be able to be part of that process,” he said. “I’m so proud of this project and the partnership with CSU. Honestly, every time I think about how successful it has been my heart skips a beat!”