University of Maine Stein Society

University of Maine Stein Society logo with blue MIntroducing the University of Maine Stein Society

The Bear's Den Pub & Café is currently closed. Reopening dates will be announced when available.

The Stein Society launched at the Bear’s Den Café & Pub at Homecoming in 2020. Andrew Geaghan, University of Maine Alumni and owner of Geaghan Bros. Brewing Company, was drawn as the lucky owner of Stein #1—the first stein of the Stein Society.

Please complete the University of Maine Stein Society membership application [PDF], then print and bring to the Pub with your state issued ID. Already at the Pub? Fill one out while you enjoy your meal! Our staff will file your application and take your payment.

Brewer’s Nights — postponed (for now)

As part of your membership, the Stein Society holds a Brewer’s Night each month during the academic year in the Class of 1944 Bear’s Den Café & Pub in the Memorial Union. We’ll select a Maine craft beer brewery, chat about their process and how they got their start, and have snacks to munch on throughout the evening.

Gift Memberships

Gift memberships may be purchased in the same manner as a personal membership to the Stein Society. Please fill out the form with information for the person receiving the gift. To complete their membership application, the recipient must come to the Pub for identification verification before they are able to use their membership.

Membership details

Fill your stein to dear old Maine! Steins are numbered to indicate your member number. With your stein, you get more beer for less money. Steins are 22 oz. and will be filled for the cost of a pint. And there’s more! Included in membership are:

  • Membership certificate
  • Membership card
  • Bumper sticker or decal
  • $10 birthday bucks for food only. Birthday bucks may not be redeemed for alcohol.
    • For birthdays that fall May–August, bucks may be redeemed in April or September
  • Email updates, Brewer’s Night member events and monthly specials
  • Steins are safely kept in the Bear’s Den Café & Pub in Memorial Union

Requirements and regulations

  • Initial membership fee is $30. Renew annually for $25.
  • Payment must be made at the Bear’s Den Café & Pub in the Memorial Union.
  • Only beers on tap are eligible. Beers in bottles are sold at different pricing.
  • Members must be 21 years of age or older to participate in the Stein Society
  • Membership is available to any student, staff, faculty, alumni or community member
  • Membership runs from October to October, and may be prorated based on entry into the Stein Society. Ask a manager for details.
  • Photo ID (not a MaineCard) will be checked each time you come in
  • Members must show their Stein Society ID card/member number to redeem benefits
  • Membership is non-transferable
  • Members will have first dibs on renewal for the next year at a discounted rate and will keep the same personalized stein. If you choose not to renew, you can take your stein home at the end of the membership year. 
  • Only the Stein Society member shall drink from their stein
    • If your stein breaks, we will immediately replace it with a non-personalized stein and provide a new personalized one within 3 months
      • When we are at fault, you will not be charged
      • When you are at fault for the breakage, replacement charge is $25
  • As with all guests the Bear’s Den Café & Pub, we will not serve you if you are intoxicated. If there are issues with your behavior in the Bear’s Den Café & Pub, we reserve the right to revoke your Stein Society membership.

Membership details are subject to change. Find further details on social media at @umainedining!