Innovation Brew Works plans to toast its first birthday with a bash that will include the introduction of a commemorative craft beer, food, live entertainment and raffles.
The celebration Saturday, April 9, also will feature house-made craft sodas and the debut of a few experimental beers, including a Belgian-style strong ale with mango and habanero called Brethren Belgian and an American golden ale with pineapple dubbed Green & Gold. The event will be from 1 to 10 p.m.
The eatery, which was started and is run by the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Inc., has garnered several awards since opening and has been featured by more than 300 national and international media outlets.
“It has been amazing to see Innovation Brew Works grow from just an idea to a fully functioning, successful operation,” says Aaron Neilson, Foundation dining services director. “It took a lot of teamwork to get where we are today, and I am very proud to have been part of the journey.”
The idea behind opening the brewery and café was to not only increase traffic to Innovation Village, but to provide students with opportunities for research and hands-on classes.
Innovation Brew Works is the first educational brewery-restaurant on a college campus that is open to the public.
During the anniversary celebration, the café will introduce a new macaroni and cheese pizza, in addition to serving free popcorn and the eatery’s standard menu fare. The Poly Trolley food truck also will be on site.
A raffle for Innovation Brew Works merchandise and other prizes will take place hourly from 2 to 9 p.m. Several Cal Poly Pomona bands will perform, including The Motors, Attic Empire, Lions!, and Headbed.
Ticket packages range from $10 to $25. All tickets come with beverages, raffle tickets, a commemorative glass and photo booth access. Tickets also will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchasers must present a valid ID at Innovation Brew Works registration to gain entry.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.iBrewWorks.com.