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The CIA Introduces “The Beer & Food Course” Online Learning Experience

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Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is offering an exciting new online class—“ Beer & Food Course”—available at Produced by the Brewers Association, publishers of, this comprehensive online program features engaging educational videos, extensive instruction in beer and food pairing, and resourceful demonstrations on how to expertly present craft beer.

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Adam Dulye, a 1997 CIA graduate and executive chef of the Brewers Association, is co-author of the Beer & Food Course.

Videos in the Beer & Food Course feature Chef Dulye in conversation with Julia Herz, Craft Beer program director; Hutch Kugeman, head brewer at The Brewery at the CIA; Jonathan Zearfoss, CIA professor of culinary science; and John Fischer, CIA professor of hospitality and service management about the growing influence of craft beer on today’s menus.

“In many cases, beer is now on the same level playing field as wine and spirits,” says Chef Dulye. “Chefs are starting to recognize all the possibilities with beer and how it can pair and elevate the dining experience. We are thrilled the CIA is helping us bring that message to the chefs of tomorrow.”

Any consultant hired to teach beer and food would likely cover the material found in the Beer & Food Course. It is the foremost tried-and-tested content for curricula and reading lists for chefs who want to lead in beer pairing, and it’s available to download for free.

Beer accounts for $105.9 billion in sales in the U.S., compared to an estimated $50 billion for wine, and is increasingly in demand on restaurant menus. The Beer & Food Course aims to educate chefs and beverage professionals about the importance and value of beer and food pairings.

The videos highlighting the Beer & Food Course were produced as an industry service through a partnership between the Brewers Association and The Culinary Institute of America’s Digital Media team. View information on downloading the free course at

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John Barkley
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Digital Media

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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