Saturday, July 30, 2011
16th Annual Madison County Hop Fest - Madison County, NY
Sept. 16 Paired Beer Dinner
Sept. 17 Hop Fest
Celebrating over 200 years of Hop Heritage in New York State
Hop Fest Overview
The Madison County Historical Society is pleased to celebrate over 200 years of hop heritage in Madison County. Madison County’s own resident, James Coolidge, introduced commercial hop growing to New York State in 1808 by bringing a rootstock from New England. His success enticed area farmers who took up planting acres of hops. The hop industry in New York State exploded in 1828 with eleven counties raising hops. Madison, Oneida, and Otsego Counties raised the most- nearly 80% in the nation by 1880. The Madison County Hop Fest celebrates the past and possible future of the hop industry. The event features presentations, demonstrations, exhibits on the history of hops, a paired beer dinner, beer sampling, and the return of the ever-popular food and beer pairing called Taste of Hops.
The 16th Annual Madison County Hop Fest starts Friday, Sept. 16 at 6pm with a paired beer dinner at Ye Olde Landmark Tavern located on Route 20 in Bouckville. On Saturday, September 17, on-site at the Madison County Historical Society, located at 435 Main Street in Oneida, the day commences at 11 am with video presentations on hop culture, home brew clubs, raffle, hopshop, hop growing displays, and of course craft beer sampling. From12-2 pm join us for the Taste of Hops: a food & beer pairing featuring appetizers from Colgate Inn, Copper Turret, Hamilton Inn, Leandro’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, and Ye Olde Landmark Tavern. From 2:30-5:30 pm, join us under the beer tent for brewery samplings from some of your favorite craft breweries-Cooperstown, Ithaca, Saranac, Middle Ages, Ommegang, Magic Hat and more! There will be over 30 styles of craft beer to sample. Throughout the afternoon purchase your raffle tickets to win great beer related merchandise. Visit the Hopshop to purchase hop plants and event shirts! Visit with Home Brew Clubs. See who will be crowned Hop King 2011!
There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. Admission is charged for the 4 course Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops, and Beer Sampling. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted to enter the events where beer is served. Proper id is required for entrance to all areas where beer is served! Please do not bring children, strollers, or pets to the event. Tickets will be available for designated drivers (who must be 21 years of age) at the entrance of the beer-sampling tent. Tickets for the paired beer dinner are $45 and available on our website or at the MCHS. Reservations are required by September 9—seating is limited. Taste of Hops Tickets (only 150 will be sold) are $15 advance or $20 at door. Advance tickets are available at the participating locations, MCHS, or online. Beer Sampling Tickets are $25 advance or $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill, online, or at MCHS.
New to the event this year is a hop hat contest, so come wearing your very own creative hop hat to win some great prizes! There is no fee to participate in the contest. Judging will take place in the beer tent at 5 pm by the public.
Proceeds from the Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society. The tradition of promoting the art of craft brewing and the influence of the hop industry on New York State continues at the Madison County Hop Fest. We appreciate your support in our efforts to share New York State’s hop culture.