The CIA Introduces Brew U, a Beer Enthusiast and Education Festival

Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America will host its first annual “Brew U” on the afternoon of Saturday, October 8, 2016 at The Egg and Student Commons at the CIA’s Hyde Park campus. Kicking-off the Oktoberfest season, Brew U is an exciting new beer festival that will combine sampling from top breweries with delicious food from the CIA and educational seminars for beer and culinary enthusiasts.

Brew U attendees will have an opportunity to tour the CIA Brewery and talk with Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman in addition to sampling beers and ciders, and talking with regional brewers at this walk-around event. A wide menu of dishes perfectly paired with beer, and included in the price of tickets, will be prepared by CIA chefs and offered alongside brewery stations.

This year focuses on the Hudson Valley’s leading breweries and some of their most exciting beers, selected by Kugeman.

“We are thrilled to be bringing together this special selection of breweries to one event on campus,” Kugeman says. “I really wanted to be able to offer attendees a taste of beers that are a bit harder to find and have really interesting and unique flavors. For this year, the participating breweries are mostly small, but they are those that we are most excited about within a two-hour drive of the CIA.”

Participating breweries:

  • Brewery at the CIA
  • Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn)
  • Sloop Brewery (Elizaville)
  • Chatham Brewery (Chatham)
  • Industrial Arts (Garnerville)
  • Newburgh Brewing (Newburgh)
  • Rushing Duck (Chester)
  • Crossroads Brewing (Athens)
  • Mill House Brewery (Poughkeepsie)
  • Blue Collar Brewery (Poughkeepsie)
  • Hyde Park Brewing Co./Rip Van Winkle Brewing (Hyde Park/Catskill)
  • Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery & Cidery (Altamont)

For Brew U attendees who want to broaden their beer knowledge, Brew U will host a series of seminars given by CIA and visiting experts in the brewing industry. Topics include How a Hop Becomes a Brew, Beer and Cheese Pairing, Beer Cocktails, Introduction to Sour Beers, and Using Spent Grains.

General admission to Brew U includes all beer and food during the event, access to all tours and educational seminars, and a commemorative tasting glass. The Roundabout Ramblers will provide musical entertainment throughout the event.

VIP ticket holders will enjoy an exclusive hour prior to general admission to get a jump on all the sampling. They’ll also have access to their own private room and deck overlooking the majestic Hudson River.

Advance tickets:

  • VIP Admission: $65 (1–5 p.m.)
  • General Admission: $45 (2–5 p.m.)
  • Designated Driver: $25

Tickets are available to purchase online. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

Media Contact:

Jeff Levine
Communications Manager

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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