Brew U at the CIA

A Beer, Food, and Education Festival

Saturday, October 19, 2019

*New Date

2–5 p.m. (VIP entry 1 p.m.)


Brew U

The fourth annual “Brew U” is on tap for Saturday, October 19, 2019, 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 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 & Details

VIP ticket holders will be admitted one hour prior to general admission (1 p.m.), and enjoy exclusive beer and food tastings. They’ll also receive a gift 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.

Ticket Categories:

Early Bird Pricing through September 4:

VIP Admission: $100, 1–5 p.m.
Alumni VIP Admission: $85, 1–5 p.m.
General Admission: $65, 2–5 p.m.
Designated Driver: $25
CIA Students $35: CIA Student ID required at check-in

After September 4:

VIP Admission: $120, 1–5 p.m.
Alumni VIP Admission: $105, 1–5 p.m.
General Admission: $85, 2–5 p.m.
Designated Driver: $30
CIA Students $35: CIA Student ID required at check-in

All tickets are non-refundable.

All guests must be at least 21 years of age.



Participating Breweries

  • Angry Orchard Cider (Walden)
  • Arrowood Farm Brewery (Accord & New Paltz)
  • Blue Collar Brewery (Poughkeepsie)
  • The Brewery at the CIA (Hyde Park)
  • Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn)
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing (Elmsford)
  • Chatham Brewing (Chatham)
  • Crossroads Brewing Co. (Athens & Catskill)
  • Hudson Ale Works (Highland)
  • Hudson Valley Brewery (Beacon)
  • Hudson Valley Malt (Germantown)
  • Hyde Park Brewing Co. (Hyde Park)
  • Indian Ladder Farm Brewery & Cidery (Altamont)
  • Industrial Arts Brewing (Beacon & Garneville)
  • Interboro Spirits & Ales (Brooklyn)
  • Kings County Brewers Collective – KCBC (Brooklyn)
  • Mill House Brewing Co. (Poughkeepsie)
  • Newburgh Brewing (Newburgh)
  • Plan Bee Farm Brewery (Poughkeepsie)
  • Rare Form Brewing (Troy)
  • Rip Van Winkle Brewing (Catskill)
  • Sloop Brewing Co. (Elizaville & Fishkill)
  • Small Town Cultures (Lake Placid)
  • Strong Rope Brewery (Brooklyn)
  • Zeus Brewing (Poughkeepsie)

Educational Seminars Schedule

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.

Beer & Chocolate Pairing Workshop

Hosts: Jose Lopez Ganem ’18, Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute and Douglass Miller ’89, The Hotel School, Cornell University
Description: Beer and chocolate have been made for centuries, but only recently have people been pairing artisanal chocolate with craft beer. Discover how beer and chocolate can be perfect for one another. The CIA alumni-led workshop, featuring products from Chocolatier Bryan Graham ’08 of Fruition Chocolate Works, will guide you through the basics of pairing beer and chocolate.

Understanding the Beauty and Simplicity of Vegetable Fermentation

Host: Cori Deans, Small Town Cultures
Description: “If it grows, you can ferment it.” Join Cori Deans from Small Town Cultures to learn about the similarities and differences in fermenting beer and food. The seminar will cover the basics of lacto-fermentation—a simple process involving salt, your favorite produce, and water—how and why it works, as well as tips and tricks for success. Participants will leave with recipes to try at home.

BrewU at the CIA, October 8, 2016
BrewU at the CIA, October 8, 2016