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Campus Brewery Hires Well-Known Brewmaster

Hutch KugemanHutch Kugeman has been named opening head brewer for The Brewery at the CIA, a new educational facility on the New York campus created in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery. Hutch was brought on board by the CIA and James Beard Award-winning Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver. He will lead the production of four kinds of beer for the public restaurants and student dining facility.

The brewery is primarily a classroom where bachelor's-level students learn about the ingredients, equipment, and techniques required to produce ales and lagers in a course titled The Art and Science of Brewing. The class, which launched this semester, helps future chefs think differently about beer, elevating its status as a fine beverage on a level with wine. Hutch will work with the faculty to educate students about the intricacies of brewing. So while students at other colleges may be drinking beer, CIA students earn college credit for brewing, studying about, and, yes, tasting beer.

Hutch's beers have won numerous awards, including at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, North American Beer Awards, and TAP New York Festival.

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