Innovation Brew Works to celebrate first anniversary

By Megan Viste

Innovation Brew Works will be celebrating its one year anniversary on Saturday at its location in Innovation Village at Cal Poly Pomona from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will feature live music and entertainment, a photo booth, games and raffles. The celebration will also feature the debut of the new mac and cheese pizza and special release craft sodas and beers.

“The beer made for the event is a little different. It’s a little, I would say unusual,” said Koby Harris, Brew Works beer production manager.

The back brewing area will be open for self-guided tours and feature information about the brewing process. Each vessel will display information about its contribution and function in the process. Guests will also have the chance to meet the Brew Works brew crew, including Harris who has been the head brewer since Brew Works was established and is in charge of overseeing all beer production and recipes. The brewers will be available for questions during two discussion sessions at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“It’ll pretty much be a free flow Q and A,” said Harris. “It’s for anyone who wants to know about our beers, our establishment, our production amount, the equipment, the tanks or the brewing techniques.”

Live music by local bands The Motors, Headbed, Lions! and Attic Empire will be included in the festivities. Some member of CPP’s Department of Music will also play during the event.

The Poly Trolley will feature a specialty menu for the anniversary celebration.

Brew Works maintains a close functioning relationship with the university in various aspects. All the beers served at the brewery are named after prominent CPP figures and named after the city of Pomona. The barley used in the brews is grown at Spadra Ranch, which is used by the College of Agriculture. The cows of the university are also fed with the spent grain left over from the brewing process.

The brewery also functions as a learning laboratory for CPP’s students. Following in line with Brew Works official tagline of “crafting an education,” as well as CPP’s philosophy of “learn by doing,” students have access to gain hands-on experience with brewing and brewpub operations.

The cafe and brewery also employ CPP students. CPP alumna Kyara Sanchez (’15, biology) has been working at Brew Works since the summer of 2015 and will be working the anniversary celebration event.

“I love it here,” said Sanchez. “The environment is just so different from where I used to work. You know, everyone’s happy to come to work. Everyone has fun.”

Lily Ly, marketing coordinator of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation and event coordinator for the one year anniversary celebration, has been involved with events for Brew Works since its grand opening.

“It’s been really fun getting all of us together, putting our great ideas together,” said Ly.

Tickets required for entry to the event are available in four packages. The event is open to all ages, however, three of the four packages available are for guests ages 21 and over only. The three 21 plus packages include varying numbers of pours of Brew Works craft beers. Each package includes a commemorative glass, photo booth access and three raffle entries.

Raffles will occur every hour between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Each winner will receive a gift basket of various prizes ranging from brewery merchandise such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, and pint glasses to a Fitbit, Star Wars Blu-rays Discs and a pair Beats By Dre headphones.

Pre-sale tickets are available at at a $5 discount. Pre-sale will continue until Friday. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the anniversary celebration.

“This is a celebration of us being established for over a year. We really want people to come in and celebrate along with us as well,” said Harris.

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Taylor Story / The Poly Post

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