You can tell by this nip in the air that fall is rapidly approaching, and to bee lovers fall means one thing: Oktoberfest.

At Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., fall means something in addition to Oktoberfest. It means Brew University.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the CIA will host its third annual “Brew U” event. Brew U is unique beer festival that combines sampling from top New York breweries with delicious food from the CIA and fun, educational seminars for enthusiasts who want to expand their beer knowledge.

Attendees can tour the CIA’s campus brewery, learn about the college’s Art & Science of Brewing course, and meet CIA Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman, as well as other brewers and beer experts.

Seminars, available on a first come, first served basis (you sign up on-site) include:

  • Beer & Cheese Pairing: This workshop, complete with tastings, is consistently one of the most popular at Brew U.
  • An Introduction to Trappist Ales: an overview, plus how to navigate and choose based on personal preferences.
  • The Woods & The Wilds: a vertical tasting exploring barrel-aged and sour beers.
  • Why Freshness Matters: a vertical tasting of IPA.

Participating breweries this year include:
• Angry Orchard Cider
• Brooklyn Brewery
• Chatham Brewing
• CH Evans Brewing
• Crossroads Brewing
• Dutchess Hop Farm
• Hudson Ale Works
• Hudson Valley Malt
• Hyde Park Brewing Company
• Indian Ladder Farm Cidery & Brewing
• Interboro Spirits & Ales
• Keegan Ales
• Mill House Brewing
• Newburgh Brewing
• Peekskill Brewing
• Plan Bee Farm Brewery
• Rare Form Brewing
• Rip Van Winkle Brewing
• Rushing Duck Brewing
• Sloop Brewing

A perfect day trip from New York City, CIA can be reached from the city by taking Metro North or Amtrak to the Poughkeepsie stop and Uber to the CIA’s Hyde Park campus, minutes away by car.

Tickets, which may be purchased here, are $85 for general admission. Designated driver tickets sell for $35.