In 1930, the University of Maine became the first university or college to have their school song turn into a number one hit. “The Stein Song,” which is now an integral part of the UMaine community, was introduced in 1929 and gained notoriety around the country due to its raucous chorus. To honor and recognize the long history of the stein at UMaine, the UMaine dining services team presented the “Stein Society” during UMaine’s homecoming weekend.
As a part of the homecoming festivities, on Oct. 26, 2019, UMaine proudly announced the launch of the Stein Society for the first time ever in Black Bear history. The kick-off event took place at the Bear’s Den and Cafe located in the Memorial Union.
The event, which took place after the football game, offered the first 50 members a free Stein Society t-shirt. There was also the opportunity to win a raffle, with the winner getting a UMaine stein.
The members of the society will each get a UMaine stein. Each 22-ounce stein is personalized by a number unique to each society member, and are to be kept safe in the Bear’s Den & Pub.
Students, alumni, community members, and faculty ages 21 and above are welcome to join the society. The stein grants access to discounted beer, with each refill allowing a dollar discount on the purchase of beer.
Perks of being a Stein Society member include receiving a card, certificate, free merch as well as $10 on your birthday to spend, excluding alcohol. However, the stipulation indicates that only the members of the Stein Society will be able to use the membership benefits.
In order to join, the initial stein membership fee of $30 can be paid at the Bear’s Den. Members have the ability to renew annually for $25.
“I am excited to become a part of the Stein Society and experience this new UMaine tradition,” Logan Singer, an engineering student told the Maine Campus. “Brew has always been something that brings people together, and this will be a really good opportunity for anyone, regardless of age, involved in the university campus life.”
Memberships run from October through the following October. Anyone interested in participating in the Stein Society should email UMaine dining services, or simply stop over at the Bear’s Den.