SINGAPORE (Aug 26): When Rahul Immandira first started brewing beer in the tiny kitchen of his dormitory at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), he knew it was only a matter of time before he would be told to stop. Still, as far as he was concerned, it was not an offence to brew beer at home for self-consumption and the dorm was “home” to him, after all.

Having done an internship at a brewery in the US during a study exchange trip, the then 25-year-old engineering student was having fun experimenting and giving samples of the beer to dorm mates. He was pleasantly surprised at the positive feedback he got and roped in good friends and fellow NTU students Abilash Subbaraman and Heetesh Alwani to help with the brewing. Soon, those in the know began asking the trio for their dorm-brewed craft beer.

Eventually, the school’s authorities caught wind of their venture. “They sent us a message to attend a meeting at this time and place, and we knew we had to go. We were told to stop, so we did,” Rahul says, laughing.

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