The Brewery at the CIA

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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. It was created in 2015 in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery, whose brewers and business executives often serve as guest lecturers. The class helps future food professionals think differently about beer, elevating its status as a fine beverage on a level with wine.

Year-Round Beers:

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Cleaver IPA (6.5% abv)
Full-flavored India Pale Ale featuring loads of American hop flavor and aromas of tangerine and mango balanced by malty sweetness.

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Mise en Place Wit (4.6% abv)
Light-bodied Belgian-style wheat beer brewed with orange peel and coriander. Crisp with a pleasant spicy finish.

2019 New York State Craft Beer Competition Gold Medal Winner

Seasonal/Limited Beers:

(as of 2/6)

Mid-Winter IPA (6.3% abv)
This hazy IPA is the recreation of our first ever brewing collaboration with Rare Form Brewing in Troy, NY. Mid-Winter IPA was brewed with juniper grown on campus as well as lemon zest. This beer was heavily dry-hopped with Sultana, Lemon Drop, and experimental hop 07270 to create a hazy gold IPA with notes of juniper, resin, and lemon candy.
Beefsteak Blonde (5.6% abv)
This German-style Kolsch features a sparkling golden color, soft fruity aroma, and gentle malt sweetness balanced by a smooth finish. Created especially for the Beefsteak Dinner, Beefsteak Blond is easy drinking, mellow, and enjoyable.
Class Project Cüliner Weisse (3.7% abv)
Created by students in the Art and Science of Brewing class, this traditional German Berliner Weisse wheat beer was brewed with lactobacillus which produces lactic acid and creates a pleasantly sour beer. A large addition of cranberry puree along with orange zest and Amarillo hops adds a beautiful pink color with fruity flavors and aromas to help balance out the acidity. Cüliner Weisse is light-bodied, fruity, and refreshing with a clean tart finish!

Our Location

The Brewery at the CIA is located in The Egg, on our Hyde Park, NY campus. CIA beers are sold on tap Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

They are also available at all of the restaurants on the CIA’s New York campus, and Mise en Place Wit will soon be available at select restaurants in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499

Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman

photo of Hutch Kugeman, head brewer for The Brewery at the CIAHutch Kugeman is head brewer for The Brewery at the CIA. Hutch is responsible for producing four kinds of beer in the microbrewery for the CIA’s public restaurants and student dining facility. He also assists in teaching, as The Brewery at the CIA is a classroom where students learn about the ingredients, equipment, and techniques required to produce ales and lagers in a course titled The Art and Science of Brewing.

Hutch is the first head brewer at The Brewery at the CIA, which opened in late 2015. He came to his current position after serving as founding brewer at Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, NY since 2010. Kugeman was previously lead brewer at Ithaca Beer Company in Ithaca, NY and head brewer at Great Adirondack Brewing in Lake Placid, NY. He began his career by learning from Darron Welch at the Pelican Brewing Company in Pacific City, OR in 2002.

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. While at Crossroads in 2011, he won the Matthew Vassar Brewers’ Cup as the Best Craft Beer Brewery in the Hudson Valley and the inaugural John Calen Memorial Award for Best Pale Ale in New York State.

A native of Redding, CT, Hutch Kugeman is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He also holds a diploma in Brewing Science and Engineering from the American Brewers Guild. From 1997 to 1999, he was a middle school teacher in North Carolina as part of the Teach for America program.

A Brewery Tour and Tasting

The Brewery at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY.

Join us on a student-guided walking tour of the CIA campus at 4 p.m. followed by a tour of The Brewery at the CIA and tasting led by our Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman. $21 per person*.

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Advanced reservations are required. Minimum participation must be met. Call 845-451-1588 for reservations and information.

*Must be 21 years of age or older to participate.