Culinary Institute of America is Adding a Brewery

The Culinary Institute of America will soon begin offering its students a real craft brewing experience. Recognized as one of the world’s leading centers for culinary education, the school plans to add a brewery to its main campus in New York and operate it in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery, making beer a regular part of the curriculum.

Headquartered in Hyde Park, New York, with branch campuses in California, Texas and Singapore, the Culinary Institute of America trains some of the world’s leading culinary minds and has produced some of America’s most-revered chefs, such as Anthony Bourdain, John Besh, Anne Burrell, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, and the list goes on. Among the local chefs who count themselves as CIA alumni, Brian Scheehser of Trellis restaurant in Kirkland is the first that comes to mind.

Earlier this year the Culinary Institute of America announced plans to open the brewery. One problem: it wasn’t legal. Yesterday, New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a bill which allows the Institute to produce and sell alcoholic beverages. Brooklyn Brewery will donate a brewery to the school and help develop the curriculum.

In a statement released yesterday, Governor Cuomo said, “Today’s action clears the way for a truly innovative partnership between the Culinary Institute of America and Brooklyn Brewery. 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.”

Waldy Malouf, Senior Director of Food and Beverage Operations at the Culinary Institute of America, said, “The microbrewery at The Culinary Institute of America will be an integral part of the college’s curriculum. 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. The entire CIA family appreciates the Governor’s efforts to help make this unique educational opportunity come to fruition.”

Steve Hindy, Founder and Chairman of Brooklyn Brewery, said, “We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and the legislature for making it possible for us to donate a brewery and help develop a brewing program at CIA. CIA is the premier culinary school in the country and it makes sense for them to have a brewing class in their excellent curriculum.”