Brew U at the CIA

A Beer Enthusiast and Education Festival

Saturday, October 7 at The Egg

VIP Admission: 1–5 p.m.
General Admission: 2–5 p.m.

Brew U at the CIAThe second annual “Brew U” is on tap for Saturday, October 7, 2017 at The Egg in the Student Commons at the CIA’s Hyde Park, NY campus. Brew U is an exciting beer festival that will combine sampling from top breweries—including the Brewery at the CIA—with delicious food from the CIA and fun, educational seminars for beer and culinary enthusiasts.

Come tour the CIA Brewery, learn about the college’s Art & Science of Brewing course, and meet CIA Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman and other New York State brewers and beer experts, all while sampling beers and ciders. You’ll also enjoy delicious dishes perfectly paired with beer and prepared by CIA chefs.

“We are thrilled to be bringing together this special selection of breweries to one event on campus. I really want to offer attendees a taste of beers that are a bit harder to find and have really interesting and unique flavors.” — Hutch Kugeman


Brew U Tickets & Inclusion

VIP ticket holders will enjoy an exclusive hour prior to general admission to get first pour on the beers and a jump-start on tasting all the food. They’ll also receive a special goodie bag.

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.

General Purchase Tickets:

  • VIP Admission: $110 – SOLD OUT!
  • General Admission: $85
  • Designated Driver: $25

All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

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Schedule of Events:

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Participating Breweries

Brewery at the CIA
Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn)
Sloop Brewery (Elizaville)
Chatham Brewery (Chatham)
Industrial Arts (Garnerville)
Newburgh Brewing (Newburgh)
Keegan Ale (Kingston)
Crossroads Brewing (Athens)

Mill House Brewery (Poughkeepsie)
Peekskill Brewing (Peekskill)
Hyde Park Brewing Co./Rip Van Winkle Brewing (Hyde Park & Catskill)
Fifth Hammer Brewing (Long Island City)
C.H. Evans Brewing (Albany)
Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery (Altamont)
Angry Orchard Cider (Walden)
Scrumpe Ewe Cider (Charlotteville)


Brew U Syllabus

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.

Sessions for 2017 include and will be held at 2:15 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Beer 101: The Art & Science of Brewing

Host: CIA Students
Description: Students will take Brew U attendees through The Brewery at the CIA to learn about the process of making beer—turning a hop into brew. Starting with the type of hop, they’ll explain methods that influence the bitterness, flavor, and aroma of the beer.

Beer and Cheese Pairing Workshop

Host: John Fischer, CIA professor, author of Cheese Identification, Classification, and Utilization.
Description: Professor Fischer brings together his expertise on choosing and pairing cheese and beers. He will cover types of cheeses that are good for pairing, flavor profiles and tasting notes, as well as how to plan the order of your beer and cheese tasting.

History of Brewing in the Hudson Valley

Host: Craig Gravina
Description: Did you know the Upper Hudson Valley was one of the most prolific brewing centers in North America for much of the 19th century? Join Craig Gravina, co-author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer and co-founder of the Albany Ale Project, to learn about early Dutch brewers and beer, Matthew Vassar, the phenomenon of “Albany Ale,” and the Hudson Valley’s nearly 400-year brewing tradition.

Introduction to Farmhouse Ales

Host: Anne Becerra, certified cicerone
Description: Anne Becerra, the first female Certified Cicerone in New York, will share her expert intel about farmhouse ale, the popular beer style that is really many distinct styles rolled into one. Becerra will cover a range of farmhouse styles to help navigate and choose favorites based on personal preference.

Barrel Aging Beer 101

Host: Eric Brown, Brooklyn Brewery barrel program manager
Description: Aging beer in a barrel can be expensive, time and space consuming, and risky. So, why bother? Join CIA alumnus Eric Brown, barrel program manager at Brooklyn Brewery, and learn how—and why—more brewers are using wood to create exciting and unique flavors in their beers.

Exclusive to VIP attendees: Baking with Spent Grains at 1:15 p.m.

Host: George Shannon, CIA assistant professor
Description: CIA Chef George Shannon explains “spent grains,” the byproduct of beer-making, their nutritional value, and how to use them in baking as he demonstrates how to create baked goods with spent grains.



2017 Brew U Sponsors