CIA Brewery
CIA Brewery
CIA Brewery
CIA Brewery

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CIA Brewery

Brew U at CIABrew U at CIA | Saturday, April 20, 2024

We are excited to bring back the annual Brew U festival at The Egg in the Student Commons at CIA’s Hyde Park, NY campus. Brew U is an exciting beer festival that will combine sampling from top breweries—including CIA’s brewery—with incredible food from CIA and fun, educational seminars for beer and culinary enthusiasts. Early bird tickets available through March 3.
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The Culinary Institute of America’s brewery 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.

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Our award-winning Mise En Place Wit is now available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans! You can purchase this beer on campus at The Egg or at some local beer distributors. More varieties coming soon.
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Everyday Favorites

Our most popular beers, available year round.

Cleaver IPA

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.

Mise en Place Wit

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.


Seasonal Selection

We’re always brewing something new. Check back periodically to see what’s available. (Current as of 12/11)

Shift Drink Pilsner (4.9% abv)
Italian-style Pilsner lightly dry hopped with German Hallertauer Blanc and Huell Melon hops to add pleasant aromas of white wine grapes and strawberry. Crisp, light, refreshing, and balanced.

Class Project: Slam Dunkel (5.2% abv)
This smooth Munich Dunkel lager is the new class project from the students of the Art and Science of Brewing class. This medium-bodied brown lager features rich nutty malt notes with hints of cocoa and coffee. Smooth, balanced, and drinkable!

Heard! (6.0% abv)
The second beer of a collaboration series with Alementary Brewing Company, this Belgian Saison was brewed with strawberry, blackberry, and prickly pear purée from Les vergers Boiron. Heard! pours a hazy pink and is pleasantly fruity and drinkable.

Class Project: Loch’d and Loaded Scotch Ale (7.3% abv)NEW BEER!
This traditional Wee Heavy Scotch ale is robust and bursting with rich malty flavors of dark fruits, caramel, and brown sugar with hints of coffee. Mahogany colored and full of flavor, this Scotch ale is the newest class project from our Art and Science of Brewing class.





  • Great American Beer Festival—Bronze Medal in the Classic Saison Catergory: Soigne Saison
  • New York State Craft Beer Competition—Silver Medal in the Belgian Ale Category: Class Project Father Murphy’s Tripel


  • New York State Craft Beer Competition—Silver Medal in the Wheat Beer Category: Mise en Place Wit
  • New York State Craft Beer Competition—Bronze Medal in the Amber or Dark Lager Category: Equinox Amber Lager


  • New York State Craft Beer Competition—Brewery of the Year
  • New York State Craft Beer Competition—Gold Medal in the Wheat Beer Category: Mise en Place Wit
  • New York State Craft Beer Competition—Gold Medal in the Brown Ale Category: Class Project Br-Br-Br-Brown Ale
  • U.S. Open College Beer Championships—Bronze Medal in the American IPA Category: Cleaver IPA


  • New York State Craft Beer Competition—Bronze Medal in the Belgian Farmhouse Category: Class Project Stay Sharp Saison


2022 Silver Medal

2022 Silver Medal
2021 Silver Medal

2021 Silver Medal
2021 Bronze Medal

2021 Bronze Medal
2019 Gold Medal

2019 Gold Medal


Our Location

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

They are also available at all of the restaurants on 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 CIA. Hutch is responsible for producing four kinds of beer in the microbrewery for CIA’s public restaurants and student dining facility. He also assists in teaching, as CIA’s brewery 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 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.