New pub at Barbara’s Place pours up local breweries

Juan Regaldo, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, raises his drink for a celebratory toast after his welcome speech at the grand opening of the pub at Barbara’s Place on April 12. DJ Santana provided the ambiance with throwback classics while students and faculty enjoyed the new addition to campus. / photo by Sarah Van Buskirk
Juan Regaldo, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, raises his drink for a celebratory toast after his welcome speech at the grand opening of the pub at Barbara’s Place on April 12. DJ Santana provided the ambiance with throwback classics while students and faculty enjoyed the new addition to campus. / photo by Sarah Van Buskirk

Sarah Van Buskirk

Editorial Director

Barbara’s Place, in the Abraham Campus Center, has opened a pub for students and faculty who are 21 and older to enjoy beer and hard cider from local breweries and cider houses.

About 30 people gathered to celebrate the pub’s grand opening on April 12 along with the chance to win ULV merch from a raffle set up by the Associated Students of the University of La Verne. 

DJ Santana, AKA Steven Santana, a ULV alum,  spun early 2000s throwbacks like Rihanna and Timberland to set the mood for the evening.

With a designated drinking area and wrist bands to identify who is of drinking age, the La Verne community can sip on a Freshman Fog IPA or a Maestro Pilsner from the La Verne Brewing Company; a Pineapple Coast Hazy IPA or Summer IPA from Old Stump in La Verne or an Island Punch or Love Shack cider from Ironbark Ciderworks in Claremont. 

Wine is also available such as Clos du Bois chardonnay and Napa Valley Quilt cabernet sauvignon. Each glass of beer or wine is $6. 

There is also a beer flight available with a choice of four, five ounce beers and ciders for $12.

Barb’s food menu was also expanded to include pub fare such as jalapeño poppers, veggie rolls and chicken drumsticks.

Veronica Ashcroft, director of events and scheduling, and Adrianne Montero-Camacho, director of accessibility and SOS services, enjoy Ironbark Ciderworks hard cider at the grand opening of the pub at Barbara’s Place on April 12. A raffle was set up by the Associated Students of the University of La Verne with a chance to win La Verne merch, blankets and cups. / photo by Sarah Van Buskirk

There are alcohol guidelines in place to ensure responsible consumption, such as a three drink maximum, one drink at a time. Dining hall swipes and Leo Dollars cannot be used to buy alcohol.

Juan Regalado, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said the idea to open a pub has been a few years in the making after some got in trouble for drinking in the dorms, which is still prohibited. The students noted that alcohol is served at some University-hosted events. 

They said that the campus needed a space for students of legal drinking age to hang out and have a beer after class in a responsible way, rather than drinking in the dorms or other less appropriate spaces.

Regalado proposed the pub idea to the University board of trustees, and officials discussed safety and navigated legalities of obtaining an alcohol license. Regalado said he made sure all the “boxes were checked” off properly before opening the pub.

“If you think about how close we are to (downtown) La Verne and all the alcohol places, as well as the culture of our institution, there is not a major concern for underaged drinking or overdrinking at our University,” Regalado said. 

“If you look at our students, they are very kind and well-mannered.”

The proposal went through various University governing bodies, including the Faculty Senate and ASULV to hear feedback as well as take into consideration the Univesity’s Church of the Brethren history. 

The University was founded in 1891 by the Church of the Brethren, as a dry campus  based on the Brethren value of abstaining from alcohol. The church commonly uses the phrase “drink makes a strong man stronger, and a weak man weaker.”

ULV progressed away from the strict alcohol guidelines in 2009 when it started serving alcohol at University sponsored events and now are completely astray from the teetotaler views of the church.

Regalado said most were pro-pub, and the only push back came from administration verifying safety measures would be put in place. The biggest challenge was financial as there was no spare fund for this project.

Luckily ASULV was generous enough to put up the initial cost to install the fences and signage.

“It was something that they had brought forward and we had discussed as ASULV and we decided to help with a portion of the cost,” ASULV President Isela Chavez, senior legal studies and French major, said.

Chavez also said that during her junior year, the “Future Forward Thriving Leos” initiative group, which she was a part of, was instrumental in the process.

At the grand opening, Regaldo spoke about the partnerships involved in bringing the pub to campus, as a toast to the new pub.

Adrianne Montero-Camacho, director of accessibility and SOS services, who was at the grand opening said this is a different opportunity for people to get together.

“I hope this brings life to campus,” Montero-Camacho said.

Aracely Gutierrez, director of T3 and the Hispanic Serving Institution Science Technology Engineering Mathematics grant, said she enjoys the live music and hopes that it continues.

“We put in a vote to have a DJ every Friday,” Gutierrez said. “It’s all about the ambiance.”

The pub at Barb’s is open on Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. or whenever special events held there end. The hours are subject to change.

Sarah Van Buskirk can be reached at sarah.vanbuskirk@laverne.edu.

Cora Hammons, Barbara’s Place supervisor, places a wristband on Adam Wong, associate dean of student engagement and belonging, as an indicator he bought an alcoholic beverage at the grand opening of the pub at Barbara’s Place on April 12. With a three-drink maximum, students and faculty can enjoy beer and hard cider from local breweries in designated areas every day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. / photo by Sarah Van Buskirk

Sarah Van Buskirk is a senior journalism major with a concentration in print and online journalism. She is the Spring 2024 editorial director for the Campus Times and has recently served as editor-in-chief, sports editor and staff writer. She is also currently a staff photographer for the Campus Times and La Verne Magazine, and a staff writer for La Verne Magazine.

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