Madison County Hop Fest Weekend Sept. 15-17, 2017

Mike and Erin Curro and Christina and Jim Lacy all of Oneida enjoying the Taste of Hops at 2016 Madison County Hop Fest. This year’s 22ndAnnual Madison County Hop Fest Weekend is September 15-17, 2017.

The Madison County Hop Fest celebration is September 15-17, a time set aside to pay homage to the past, present and prosperous future of the hop industry.  On Friday, Sept. 15 is the five course Paired Beer Dinner at Good Nature Farm Brewery located at 1727 Route 12 B in Hamilton.  Each course will be paired with their signature craft beers. We start with a “Hoppy Hour” of Spent Grain and Local Honey Granola-Nut Clusters paired with Good Nature Blond Ale. For the first course 3 Oysters on the ½ with Pickled Leek and Raspberry Mignonette paired with Good Nature Blight Buster IPA- American. The second course is Frites with Garlic Sausages and Green Peppercorn Sauce paired with is 5 – (5 Year Anniversary Ale) New England Belgian Style IPA. The third course is   Grilled Sword Fish Medallion with Beet Puree and Pea Shoots paired with Non-Stop Hop Onslaught IPA- Session/Indian Session Ale. The fourth course is Wood Fired Ash Crusted Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Chicory Greens, Hoppy Mustard and Coddled Egg paired with American Brown Ale. The fifth course is a Lemon Creme Fraiche Gelato with Warm Maple Syrup and Toasted Pepitas paired with Annie IPA- Imperial/Double. Tickets for the dinner are $65 and must be purchased by September 8.

The event continues on Saturday, September 16 on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society  at 10 am featuring: guest speakers presenting programs on hop culture along with hop experts sharing their knowledge on brewing and growing hops. Visitors will be greeted at the Madison County Hop Fest by the “HOPitality” Committee of the Madison County Hop Fest which will provide a “Hoppy Hello” with a small nosegay of hops.

Viewing of with the exhibit Bittersweet: The Story of Hop Culture in Central New York and the video When Hop was King in Central New York, funded by the New York Council on the Arts, features interviews with Keith Eisaman, whose family owned the last commercial hop farm in Madison County will be shown at:10:00 am2:303:30 and 4:30 pm inside the society’s agricultural Barn. Mr. Eisaman was exceedingly proud of being recognized as Hop King at the Fest for his knowledge of a lost agricultural era. Keith loved the Hop Fest and liked talking to visitors at the exhibit about hop farming with his family, but sadly he died two days before the 2005 Hop Fest. Al Bullard will host the exhibit much of the day and will have examples of his extensive tool collection on display. Bullard encourages persons to bring tools and other artifacts and documents to be identified and explained.

Matthew Urtz, Madison County Historian, will present, “Birth, Death, and Rebirth of the Hop Industry in Madison County” inside the society’s agricultural barn at 10:00 am. Mr. Urtz will provide a review of the 209 year history of hops in this county beginning with the introduction of commercial hop farming in 1808, the reasons for its decline in the late 19th C., and the growth of the industry since the Hop Fest began in 1996. Urtz will detail the related industries to hop farming such as foundries for plows and stoves, hauling cedar posts, selling twine in bulk, and how these commercial entities added cash to the county coffers. Wilber banks in Otsego and Ulster counties were founded by a hop grower who got rich during “the Golden Age” of hops.

Henry Drexler will present his program, “Hop House Images: Chenango, Madison and Oneida Counties” at 10:30 am inside the society’s agricultural barn.  Drexler is from Norwich NY in Chenango County and has traveled around the area for many years photographing and painting hop images. Drexler has an extensive hop collection and will be including his reconstruction of John Alden Haight’s slides and outline of early hop programs. Lately Henry has been studying 1875 NYS census records on farm descriptions to compare which towns in local counties were producing the most hops.

Al Bullard, collector of hop tools, consultant on hop exhibits, and crowned Madison County Hop King in 2002 will present his program, in respect to the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State. His program examines the important role of the Hop Farming Wife. The work of women and children was critical to successful 19th C. hop growing. Bullard’s 2015 publication Seasons, Tools, and Methods of Hop Growing in New York State’s Golden Age of Hops compiled his years of studying buildings, tools, and artifacts related to hop farming.  Bullard, the Seventh Hop King, will describe the work through the year on the hop farm focusing on the women’s work. Al Bullard, a retired social studies teacher, began studying hop culture in the Museum Management Graduate program in Cooperstown. Al has a passion for “all things hop,” has a large collection of hop tools, and has first-hand knowledge of hop houses in the state. Bullard, the 2002 Hop King, curated the hop exhibit (1998 – 2003) at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, and has conducted many hop tours. Bullard will have copies of his book to sell.

Sandra Bullard will present, Hop Time for Women! at 12:00 pm inside of the society’s agricultural barn. In 1998 Bullard’s collection of hop images, scrapbook memorabilia, poems, cartoons, and excerpts from a women’s diary was assembled into a spiral bound publication Hop Time which sold out of three printings. Bullard will focus on her ancestor Helen Haskin’s diary to relate the demanding role that women had in hop farming. Like most histories, the heritage of hops is described in terms of the male farmer’s work throughout the year. Little has been written and explored about the important duties of women during hops seasons. Bullard, a retired teacher, is the Town of Milford historian and a docent at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown. Bullard’s booklet Hop Time will be available for sale.

Stay for the Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing from 12- 2 where area restaurants/caterers create an appetizer/dessert using craft beer as one of the main ingredients and then pair said appetizer/dessert with a craft beer. Each year the restaurants/caterers partake in a friendly competition vying for a variety of titles at the Taste of Hops judged by the public who sample their exquisite fare. Attendees receive a complimentary 5 oz. glass. Participants must be 21+ years of age to sample the craft beer. Participating restaurants: Colgate Inn; Creekside Inn; Empire Farm Brewery; Good Nature Farm Brewery; HipStir Café; No. 10 Tavern; Napoleon’s Café; and Poolville Country Store.

At 1:30 Crowning of Hop King 2017 inside of Taste of Hops Tent. Come see the title of Hop King 2017 bestowed upon Rich Michaels, Quality and Innovation Manager for FX Matt Brewing Company of Utica for his work with hop and barley farmers and processors, higher education, tourism, and beer production and marketing teams to promote a culture of beer excellence in NYS.

At 2:00 pm Assemblyman Bill Magee, the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, the Sixth Hop Fest King, and continued supporter of the Madison County Historical Society’s efforts to preserve hop heritage, will make comments on how legislation has supported hop growing and brewing. Bill will also speculate on the future of the growing hop industry. Magee has recently announced legislation that he also authored which will allow farm cideries to sell their products to licensed wineries and celeries. In 2000 Magee asked MCHS to convene, in cooperation with Cornell University and Morrisville State College, a public meeting with brewers and growers. Out of this initial meeting eventually developed the Northeast Hop Alliance. Centenarian Mary Rose Duryea, who was crowned in 2003 as the first Hop Fest queen will share her memories as a hop picker, and of her family’s hop farming to supplement the income from their dairy farm – including profits during Prohibition. Dupree’s family is a sponsor of the Hop Fest.

Craft Beer Sampling of over 30 craft breweries from 2:30- 5:30. Tickets-$30 advance/ $35 at the door. Participants receive a 5 oz.  glass. Come enjoy craft beer and hard cider from: Copper Turret Brewery; Cortland Beer; Omega; Empire; Erie Canal Brewing;  Lenneberg; WT Brews;  Good Nature; Middle Ages; Saranac; Seneca St. Pub; New Belgium;  Binghamton; Southern Tier; Collective Arts; All gash; Well; Young; Firestone Walker; Millhouse Brewing; Schofferhofer; Troegs; Bronx; Down East; Spaten; Stone; Laugnitas;  Dog Fish;  Sierra Nevada; Brooklyn; Wachusett;  Harpoon; Switchback; Oskar Blues; Abita; Smutty Nose; Cider Creek;   Ithaca; 1911 Hop Cider; Adirondack; Browns; Founders;  Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Co.; Woodchuck Cider; Butternuts; Bells; and Six Point. Brewery Representatives will be on hand to answer all your beer questionsParticipants must be 21+ years of age to sample the craft beer. Advance Craft Beer Sampling tickets are $30 or $35 at the door. Buy them ahead at the following locations: Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill; MCHS; Empire Brewing Co. in Cazenovia; WT Brews in Baldwinsville; Copper Turret in Morrisville, or at www.madisoncountyhopfest.org.

Michael Tomlan PhD, professor and director of the Historic Preservation Program at Cornell University, will return to Hop Fest to talk about his research and travels of his acclaimed 1992 publication Tinged with Gold: Hop Culture in the United States at 3:00 pm inside of the    society’s agricultural barn. When Dr. Tomlan came to MCHS to present his hop research and to sign his book, the audience of older citizens overflowed the room. It became apparent that these people had come out of first-hand experience with hop growing and were eager to talk about hops – with or without Tomlan. It was clear that the rich memories in the hop yard would be soon gone as that generation lost members to aging. Tomlan’s work was recognized by his crowning as Hop King in 2000.

Carl Stearns, popular preservation architect, will present his illustrated talk, “The Evolution of the Central New York Hop House” at 4:00 pm inside of the society’s agricultural barn. Farmers showed ingenuity and resourcefulness in building their own hop houses. Stearns will explain the four main elements of a hop house, and the purpose of each of the components. Carl’s direct association with several hop houses, including his own, demonstrates his model of self-initiation preservation. Stearns work was recognized by his crowning as Hop King in 2000. Stearn’s presentation is an excellent preparation for persons who may be going on the Hop Heritage Tour on Sunday, September 17. Carl will be a guide on that tour. The public is encouraged to attend the hop heritage programs which are free. The Madison County Hop Fest is pleased that this project is supported by NY Humanities Action Grant.

Throughout the afternoon there will be brewing demonstrations by American Home Brewers Association, BIER Club, exhibits on the history of hops, raffle drawings of beer related merchandise, Hop Shop filled with Norm Dann’s hop plants and hop sterling jewelry, hop-related items. The following exhibitor booths and food vendor will be on site all afternoon-NeHA, Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing Co., Glass Goat, Foothill Hops, and Jims’ Pitstop and Fast Foods.

The Madison County Hop Fest weekend event concludes with a Hop Heritage Tour on Sunday, September 17. During the tour we will visit 1867 English Limestone Oast House to study the architectural beauty of the structure. The last crop of hops grown on the farm was in 1911. Visitors will step inside the Oast House to see how hops were dried and pressed in this unique building. The tour will continue with a visit to Foothill Hops, a family-owned hop yard established in 2001 in Munnsville. Kate and Larry Fisher began growing hops in 2001, earning the distinction of the second commercial hop yard in New York State. Many acres and equipment inventions later, the Fishers are recognized authorities on hop growing, and are generous with their time and advice to others. The Fishers were instrumental in the incorporation of the Northeast Hop Alliance, and were the King and Queen of the Madison County Hop Fest in 2004. The next stop will be at the site of the first commercial hop yard in Bouckville with a visit to James Coolidge’s grave site as he is notably recognized for introducing commercial hop growing to NYS. There will be stops at two double pyramidal hop kilns to examine the layout of the kiln and the four hop processing rooms used during the 19th century. A stop at Morrisville State College to see a modern mechanical hop picker used today and to visit the Copper Turret to hear about the Brewing Institute Program offered at the college and to get a behind the scenes tour of the brewery that is slated to open to the public in October.  The tour will stop for lunch and brewery tour of Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia. Dot Willsey, hop heritage promoter, and Carl Stearns, preservation architect will guide the tour sharing Madison County’s proud hop heritage during the tour’s journey. Tickets for the tour are $30. Reservation required by September 8. Lunch will be at Empire Farm Brewery. Attendees receive a complimentary 5 oz. glass.  We ask that attendees dress accordingly. Close toed shoes are required to tour the breweries. The tour will start at 9 am at the Madison County Historical Society located at 435 Main Street in Oneida and ends there at 5 pm. The Hop Heritage Tour is made possible from the generous support from Humanities of New York and Hale Transportation Group.

There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. There is an admission fee for the Craft Beer Sampling, Taste of Hops, Paired Beer Dinner, and Hop Heritage Tour. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit our website-madisoncountyhopfest.org. 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.  Proceeds from the Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society. We appreciate your support in our efforts to share New York State’s hop culture. The Madison County Hop Fest is made possible from the most generous support from The Gorman Foundation, Oneida Dental Group, Liberty Tabletop, Assemblyman Bill Magee, Community Bank, Foothill Hops, Humanities of New York, Hale Transportation Group, and the Oneida Daily Dispatch.

Buy your advance tickets now for the Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing and Craft Beer Sampling at the Madison County Hop Fest on September 16, 2017 at the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida.

Patrons enjoying last year’s Taste of Hops. This year’s Taste of Hops is Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm. Tickets are limited and on sale now.

The Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing at the Madison County Hop Fest, from 12-2 on September 16, pairs area restaurants with a craft brewery to create an appetizer using craft beer as one of the ingredients. This year we are pleased to have the eight restaurants participating.  Colgate Inn of Hamilton will be creating “Beer Bombs” a smoked sausage meatball seasoned with a house made hops salt wrapped in bacon IPA Dijon-honey mustard paired with Good Nature’s Blight Buster. No. 10 Tavern of Hamilton will be serving Critz farms braised pulled pork sliders slathered in beer mustard barbeque sauce served with a side of house made pickles and coleslaw paired with Critz Farm’s Honey Blond Ale.  Creekside Inn of Oneida, Empire Farm Brewery of Cazenovia, Good Nature Farm Brewery of Hamilton, Hipstir Café of Oneida, Napoleon’s Café of Oneida, and Poolville Country Store of Earlville are also participating.

Tickets are $25 advance or $30 at the door, if available as they are limited- only a 150 will be sold. Join us after the Taste of Hops for the craft beer sampling from 2:30-5:30 pm to sample craft beer from over 30 craft breweries. Come enjoy craft beer and hard cider from: Come enjoy craft beer and hard cider from: Copper Turret Brewery; Cortland Beer; Ommegang; Empire; Erie Canal Brewing; Henneberg; WT Brews; Good Nature; Middle Ages; Saranac; Seneca St. Pub; New Belgium; Binghamton; Southern Tier; Collective Arts; Allagash; Well; Young; Firestone Walker; Millhouse Brewing; Schofferhofer; Troegs; Bronx; Down East; Spaten; Stone; Laugnitas; Dog Fish; Sierra Nevada; Brooklyn; Wachusett; Harpoon; Switchback; Oskar Blues; Abita; Smutty Nose; Cider Creek; Ithaca; 1911 Hop Cider; Adirondack; Browns; Founders; Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Co.; Woodchuck Cider; Butternuts; Bells; and Six Point. Brewery Representatives will be on hand to answer all your beer questions. Participants must be 21+ years of age to sample the

craft beer. Advance Craft Beer Sampling tickets are $30 or $35 at the door. Buy them ahead at the following locations: Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill; MCHS; Empire Brewing Co. in Cazenovia; WT Brews in Baldwinsville; Copper Turret in Morrisville, or atwww.madisoncountyhopfest.org.

There are many activities planned for Hop Fest Weekend September 15-17. Please call the society at 315-363-4136, or visit our website- madisoncountyhopfest.org for more details. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or volunteering your time, please contact the society today! Like Madison County Hop Fest on Facebook. All proceeds from the Madison County Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society.   There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. Admission is charged for the Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops, Craft Beer Sampling, and Hop Heritage Tour. Tickets will be available for designated drivers (who must be 21 years of age) at the entrance of the Craft Beer Sampling tent. 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!

53rd Annual Craft Days is September 9 & 10, 2017 at the Madison County Historical Society

Madison County Historical Society will host its 53rd Annual Craft Days at the society, on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am-5 pm and on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am- 4 pm on the society’s grounds at 435 Main Street in Oneida. Admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Purchase a weekend pass for $6 and join us both days! Crafters will be demonstrating their artistry twice each day from 11 am- 12 pm and 1pm- 2 pm.

Craft Days is an outdoor craft show, featuring juried crafters, artisans of edible treats, food vendors, music, and NYS wineries. Craft Days is a craft show for artists to create and sell their original, handmade work. We have a wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative works including fabric, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, metal, glass, floral, drawings, paintings, jewelry photography, soap, skin care products, leather, and wood. Come see what all the buzz is about when Showtime-CNY’s Ultimate Cover/Party Band since the 90’s performs on Sept.9 from 1-3 pm. Showtime’s performance is made possible from the generous support from The Gorman Foundation. Double Chase returns to perform their contemporary and classic country songs on Sept.10 from 1-3 pm. New this year is our kid activity tent on the side yard- a special area designated for the scheduled kid activities to take place.  One of the planned kid activities is a free interactive program for your kids by the Utica Zoo mobile on Saturday from 11 am- 1pmOn Sunday from 11 am- 1 pm under the kid’s tent is a free magic show by CNY Magic Shows.  On Saturday and Sunday under the kid’s tent from 10 – 11 am; and again from 1-4pm kids can partake in the free martial arts demonstration by Owens Martial Arts and free face painting by the Girl Scouts Unit 230 of Oneida.  There will also be free house tours of Cottage Lawn and storytelling by the Oneida Public Library ongoing all weekend.

New York State Designer Blacksmiths will be on grounds by the agricultural barn demonstrating the craft and art of blacksmithing all weekend. The Oneida Rail Trail will be back both days with their popular free children’s craft activity of creating a colorful walking stick on the side yard near the gazebo.

There will be plenty of food at Craft Days from Promotions Plus Roasted Nuts of Saratoga Springs; Pops’ Kettle Korn of Whitesboro; Come Fry with Me of Rome; Gypsy Girl Wood Fire Pizza and Catering of Sherrill; Springdale Creamery of Madison; Oneida Rotary Gyros; Rossi’s Catering Co. of Canastota; The Cremeria of Sherrill; Mara’s Minis of Fulton and The Coffee Shop of New Hartford. We have three New York State wineries participating from: Lakeland Winery of Syracuse; Victorianbourg Wine Estate of Wilson; and Thousand Islands Winery of Alexandria Bay.

No animals or smoking are permitted on the grounds. Enjoy a fun family weekend shopping, eating delicious food, sampling NYS wineries, touring the historical society, listening to live music, watching crafters demonstrate their artistry, and partaking in the children’s activities at Craft Days at the Madison County Historical Society. For a full listing of all of the talented artisans participating please visit our website mchs1900.org and click on the Craft Days tab. For more information please feel free to call the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136, or get social with us at Craft Days on Facebook.

Hop Heritage Tour, September 17, 2017. Buy your tickets for a behind the scene tour of hop houses, hop yards, hop related sites, and craft breweries Reservations required by Sept. 8.

Limestone Oast Hop House located in in Munnsville is a stop on the Hop Heritage Tour on September 17. The Hop Heritage Tour is one of the many exciting activities happening during the Madison County Hop Fest Weekend that starts Friday, September 15 with a paired beer dinner, followed by Hop Fest on Sept. 16 on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society in Oneida.

The Madison County Hop Fest weekend event concludes with a Hop Heritage Tour on Sunday, September 17. During the tour we will visit 1867 English Limestone Oast House to study the architectural beauty of the structure. The last crop of hops grown on the farm was in 1911. Visitors will step inside the Oast House to see how hops were dried and pressed in this unique building. The tour will continue with a visit to Foothill Hops, a family-owned hop yard established in 2001 in Munnsville. Kate and Larry Fisher began growing hops in 2001, earning the distinction of the second commercial hop yard in New York State. Many acres and equipment inventions later, the Fishers are recognized authorities on hop growing, and are generous with their time and advice to others. The Fishers were instrumental in the incorporation of the Northeast Hop Alliance, and were the King and Queen of the Madison County Hop Fest in 2004. The next stop will be at the site of the first commercial hop yard in Bouckville with a visit to James Coolidge’s grave site as he is notably recognized for introducing commercial hop growing to NYS. There will be stops at two double pyramidal hop kilns to examine the layout of the kiln and the four hop processing rooms used during the 19th century. A stop at Morrisville State College to see a modern mechanical hop picker used today and to visit the Copper Turret to hear about the Brewing Institute Program offered at the college and to get a behind the scenes tour of the brewery that is slated to open to the public in October.  The tour will stop for lunch and brewery tour of Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia.

Dot Willsey, hop heritage promoter, and Carl Stearns, preservation architect will guide the tour sharing Madison County’s proud hop heritage during the tour’s journey. Tickets for the tour are $30. Reservation required by September 8. Lunch will be at Empire Farm Brewery. Attendees receive a complimentary 5 oz. glass.  We ask that attendees dress accordingly. Close toed shoes are required to tour the breweries. The tour will start at 9 am at the Madison County Historical Society located at 435 Main Street in Oneida and ends there at 5 pm. The Hop Heritage Tour is made possible from the generous support from Humanities of New York and Hale Transportation Group. For more information and tickets please contact the society at 315-363-4136, or visit our website- www.madisoncountyhopfest.org, or email Sydney at sydney@mchs1900.org.

Madison County Hop Fest Paired Beer Dinner at Good Nature Farm Brewery is September 15. Tickets for the dinner are $65. Reservations required by Sept.8

Madison County Hop Fest Weekend begins on Friday, Sept. 15 at 6 pm with a five course Paired Beer Dinner at Good Nature Farm Brewery in Hamilton.  Each course will be paired with their signature craft beers. We start with a “Hoppy Hour” of Spent Grain and Local Honey Granola-Nut Clusters paired with Good Nature Blond Ale. For the first course 3 Oysters on the ½ with Pickled Leek and Raspberry Mignonette paired with Good Nature Blight Buster IPA- American. The second course is Frites with Garlic Sausages and Green Peppercorn Sauce paired with is 5 – (5 Year Anniversary Ale) New England Belgian Style IPA. The third course is   Grilled Sword Fish Medallion with Beet Puree and Pea Shoots paired with Non-Stop Hop Onslaught IPA- Session/Indian Session Ale. The fourth course is Wood Fired Ash Crusted Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Chicory Greens, Hoppy Mustard and Coddled Egg paired with American Brown Ale. The fifth course is a Lemon Creme Fraiche Gelato with Warm Maple Syrup and Toasted Pepitas paired with Annie IPA- Imperial/Double.

Tickets for the dinner are $65 and must be purchased by September 8.  For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit our website- madisoncountyhopfest.org.  If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or volunteering your time, please contact the society today by calling 315-363-4136. Like Madison County Hop Fest on Facebook. Combine your love of history, beer and food at the 22ndAnnual Madison County Hop Fest.