Brewery at CIA gets state OK

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill allowing The Culinary Institute of America to manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages, clearing the way for the college to develop a small brewery on its Hyde Park campus.

The microbrewery has been donated by, and will be operated in conjunction with, Brooklyn Brewery and is expected to open next summer. It will complement the CIA’s teaching restaurants that attract tourists from around the world, while also serving as the means for adding courses in craft beer making.

Calling the brewery “a truly innovative partnership,” Cuomo said in a state news release: “By enabling this internationally renowned educational institution to combine forces with one of New York’s most iconic breweries, we will be able to further strengthen the mid-Hudson Valley’s tourism industry today, and also bring the state’s burgeoning craft beer industry to new heights by training the brewers of tomorrow.”

Sen. Terry Gipson, sponsor of the bill, said, “The addition of a craft brewing program on The Culinary Institute of America’s campus in Hyde Park will be a welcomed attraction to our tourism industry in the Hudson Valley. Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to experience this booming industry firsthand right here in Dutchess County.”

Assembly Member Didi Barrett, sponsor of the bill, added, “The Culinary Institute of America is one of the top culinary schools in the country and craft beer making is a fast-growing sector of our state’s economy. Giving the CIA the opportunity to develop a craft brewery, and partner with an industry leader such as Brooklyn Brewery to develop a first-rate curriculum, will enhance the Hudson Valley’s role as a leader in craft beverage production with its outstanding breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries.”

Waldy Malouf, senior director of food and beverage operations at the CIA, said, “With the collaboration of Brooklyn Brewery, this facility will teach students about fermentation, using grains in brewing, food pairings, as well as the management of a ‘brewpub’ hospitality operation. As a bonus, Hudson Valley residents and visitors will be able to sample the work of the students in all of our restaurants on campus.”

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