This year's 50th anniversary Homecoming festival will feature a special Anteater Ale created by Brandon Fender, Social Ecology '08 alumnus. Fender is a senior analyst with RSG, a community development consulting firm in Santa Ana but also has a passion for craft brewing and started The Good Beer Company last year. The Good Beer Company is located in downtown Santa Ana in a 130-year-old brick and wood former livery stable next to the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. “I wanted to open an interesting place where people want to be,” Fender says. “Beer, community and a beautiful building – this is the embodiment of my passions.” These passions, he adds, were nurtured at UCI, especially in the School of Social Ecology, which provided him the support and training that led him to RSG, which works with local governments and private entities to build better communities.
Photo credit: Steve Zylius/ UCI