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Raise Your Glass: The Brewery at the CIA Brings Home Silver Medal In New York State Craft Beer Competition

Winning Brew Created as Student Class Project

Hyde Park, NYThe Brewery at the CIA, an educational facility at The Culinary Institute of America created in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery, has been awarded a silver medal in the Taste NY Governor’s Cup Craft Beer Competition, held this past weekend in Rochester. Its Class Project Stay Sharp Saison, a beer created by CIA bachelor’s degree students in the Art and Science of Brewing course, competed against 15 other beers to earn the medal in the Belgian Farmhouse category. More than 700 beers from more than 140 breweries were entered in the competition, which was judged by a panel of more than 40 brewers and beer experts. The beer—along with the other competition winners—will be served at The Great New York State Fair, which runs August 23–September 4 in Syracuse. The competition is hosted by the Raise A Glass Foundation.

The Brewery at the CIA is primarily a classroom where bachelor’s-level students learn about the ingredients, equipment, and techniques required to produce ales and lagers in the Art and Science of Brewing course. The class, introduced in 2015, helps future food professionals think differently about beer, elevating its status as a fine beverage on a level with wine.

“We're thrilled to win a silver medal for our Class Project Stay Sharp Saison in the Taste NY Governor’s Cup Craft Beer Competition,” said Hutch Kugeman, head brewer at The Brewery at the CIA. “Breweries across New York are crafting amazing beer and the fact that we won for a beer created with help from the students in the Art and Science of Brewing class is especially gratifying to both Professor John Fischer and me.”

Kugeman’s beers have won numerous awards at events including the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, North American Beer Awards, and TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival. Before joining The Brewery at the CIA, Kugeman was founding brewer at Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, NY, which won The Matthew Vassar Brewers’ Cup for Best Craft Beer Brewery in the Hudson Valley and the inaugural John Calen Memorial Award for best Pale Ale in New York State.

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About the Raise A Glass Foundation
The Raise A Glass Foundation™ is a registered NY 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to help save and improve the lives of adults and children around the world. We accomplish our mission by collecting and donating to deserving charities a valuable asset—thousands of award-winning bottles of wine, beer, and spirits—which they use in their fundraising galas, dinners, auctions, and other events.

About The Culinary Institute of America
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 locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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