HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- Love beer? Want a beer education?
A "Brew U" to kick off the Oktoberfest season is being offered Saturday, Oct. 8 at The Egg and Student Commons, Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.
The event is a beer festival. It will include samplings from top breweries, CIA food, and educational seminars for beer and culinary enthusiasts.
There will be a tour of the CIA Brewery and talk with Head Brewer Hutch Kugerman, in addition to sampling beers and ciders, and talking with regional brewers at this walk-around event.
A wide menu of dishes paired with beer will be prepared by CIA chefs and offered alongside brewery stations.
Hudson Valley’s breweries and some of their beers will be the focus of this event.
"I really wanted to be able to offer attendees a taste of beers that are a bit harder to find and have really interesting and unique flavors. For this year, the participating breweries are mostly small, but they are those that we are most excited about within a two-hour drive of the CIA," Kugerman said.
Beer U breweries:
Brewery at the CIA
Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn)
Sloop Brewery (Elizaville)
Chatham Brewery (Chatham)
Industrial Arts (Garnerville)
Newburgh Brewing (Newburgh)
Rushing Duck (Chester)
Crossroads Brewing (Athens)
Mill House Brewery (Poughkeepsie)
Blue Collar Brewery (Poughkeepsie)
Hyde Park Brewing Co. / Rip Van Winkle Brewing (Hyde Park and Catskill)
Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery & Cidery (Altamont)
Beer U schedule:
Vip Event: 1 p.m.
General Admission: 2 p.m.
Music by Roundabout Ramblers Band: Ongoing
Beer 101: How a Hop Becomes a Brew: 2:30 p.m.
Beer and cheese: 2:30 p.m.
Spent grain demonstration: 3 p.m.
Beer cocktails: 3 p.m.
Sour beers: 3:30 p.m.
Beer and cheese: 3:30 p.m.
Spent grain demonstration: 4 p.m.
Beer cocktails: 4 p.m.For tickets to Brew U., visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brew-u-tickets-27349732787 All guests must be at least 21 years of age.