Great Chance to Learn About Local Breweries at Cayuga’s Cultural Speaker Series

The inaugural session of the Cayuga Community College Cultural Speaker Series will highlight the talents, stories and community contributions of a trio of local breweries.

The Cayuga County Brewers’ Spotlight will feature three local breweries — Prison City Pub & Brewery, Next Chapter Brewpub and Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Company — and offer attendees the chance to enjoy samples and to hear the story behind each brewery’s decision to make their home in Cayuga County. The Brewers’ Spotlight is Monday, Sept. 17, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge at Cayuga’s Auburn Campus.

The Brewers’ Spotlight is the first of six discussions that will illustrate the rich history and cultural contributions of Cayuga County. Future discussions will focus on veterans, industrial titans, famous painters, local vineyards and more.

Glasses of BeerEmily Cameron, Cayuga’s Assistant Director of Community Education and Workforce Development, who helped organize the series, said the Brewers’ Spotlight will illustrate what makes the participating breweries unique and give attendees the chance to enjoy samples.

“The Cultural Speakers Series is an exciting opportunity to highlight the history and industries that make Cayuga County so special, and I can’t think of a better way to start this series than with the Brewers’ Spotlight,” she said. “These local breweries each have amazing stories to tell about how they started and their successes. Stop by on Monday, hear what makes these breweries unique and enjoy the great tastings.”

The breweries thanked Cameron and Cayuga for the opportunity to participate, and noted that they were looking forward to discussing their stories with the audience.

Scott DeLap, co-owner of Next Chapter Brewpub with his wife, Michelle, noted that their brewery opened a month ago as a “coming home” idea after the couple moved back to Auburn.

“As we finish up our first month in business we have learned a ton, met some really great people and wouldn’t change a thing,” said Mr. DeLap. “We’re looking forward to sharing our story and discussing our plans to offer food at Next Chapter Brewpub in addition to our seasonal beers.”

Prison City owner Dawn Schulz said the brewery will celebrate its fourth anniversary later this year, and has plans to expand the brewery’s capacity in the near future.

“The brewpub has been highly successful and garnered several awards for its beer over the past four years, and we’re going to add a second location that will increase our beer production,” said Schulz. “We’re excited to share details about how we started and how we plan to grow in 2019.”

Lunkenheimer Brewery co-founder Kristen Lunkenheimer-Slocum said she hoped the Brewers’ Spotlight would build community interest in local breweries and that Monday’s discussion would be the first of many future spotlights.

“We are thankful that Cayuga has included us, and we look forward to this spotlight and hopefully future ones,” she said. “We are hoping that this generates interest at the college level and community as a whole. We hope this is a great start to a long-term partnership.”

Cameron thanked the breweries for participating in the spotlight and thanked Scratch Farmhouse Catering, which will provide appetizers.

Advanced registration for the Brewers’ Spotlight is recommended but not required. There is a $25 fee to attend, which includes the tastings and appetizers. To register, visit https://registration.xenegrade.com/Cayuga/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=6319.

For more information about Cayuga’s Cultural Speaker Series, including details about future presentations, visit https://www.cayuga-cc.edu/blog/series-to-highlight-cayuga-county-history/.