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Madison County Hop Fest

Hop Fest Poster19th Annual Hop Fest on September 12-13, 2014    

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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, present and prosperous future of the hop industry.


Check out our NEW Hop Fest website- We are offering a $5  discount if you purchase all three tickets-Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing  and Beer Sampling.  Buy your tickets today! 

Sept. 12- Paired Hop Beer Dinner. Reserve your seat by 9/5. Tickets are $55.

This year’s paired beer dinner at Kenwood and Vine, 170 Kenwood Ave in Oneida takes your palate on a journey through the history of beer through each course. The first course begins with the earliest known region where beer was brewed with barley. The grilled artichoke with roasted garlic aioli and lemon gremolata pairs perfectly with  Rogue 7 Hop IPA, which has lemony notes to compliment the flavor and encompasses the celebration of hops that the Annual Madison County Hop Fest represents. From here we move on to the second course which steps back to a time when beer was brewed in Egypt and served with beans and bread and in certain regions with fish.  The smoked fish with fava bean tagine, flat bread and pickled onions paired with Dog Fish’s Midas Touch is a perfect match. The Midas Touch using saffron as a buttering agent, made with honey, barley and Muscat Grapes, shows a beginning before hops were used in the brewing process.  The third course moves into the introduction of hops to a recipe which dates back to the Middle Ages though the earliest mention of hops is in German text.  For the third course a pairing of house made sausage and pierogi dish, finished with fresh sage, with the beauty of the Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.  Weihenstephaner, as the oldest brewery in the world, initially violated the Reinheitsgebot (the German brewing law) by producing Hefeweizens.  The fourth course moves on to a time when hops began spreading around the world, from England to Japan. This course takes a classic Japanese dish of Char Siu glazed pork with congee and fresh vegetables and accompanies it by an English Stout, Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.  The bold flavors on the menu show the impact of hops on the world and the extent of their use worldwide. Finally, the fifth course concludes the journey back to Madison County with local apples.  An apple and goat cheese tart with candied walnuts made with New York’s delicious fall bounty and a crisp local cider, Heritage Hops from Harvest Moon Cidery, that uses hops as a flavoring agent to give their cider a nice floral aroma and crisp bitterness.

1st Course

 Grilled artichoke with roasted garlic aioli and lemon gremolata

-Paired with Rogue, 7 Hop IPA

 2nd Course

Smoked Fish with fava bean tagine, flat bread and pickled onions

-Paired with Dogfish Head, Midas Touch

 3rd Course

House sausage and sweet potato pierogi in brown butter and sage

-Paired with Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen

  4th Course

Char Siu glazed pork with congee and fresh vegetables

-Paired with Samuel Smith’s, Oatmeal Stout

 5th Course

Apple and goat cheese tart with candied walnuts

-Paired with Harvest Moon Cidery, Heritage Hops


Sept. 13- on-site at the Madison County Historical Society-11am– 5:30 pm. Free admission- featured guest speakers- Don Cazentre (11:00 am), Food and Drink writer for, Syracuse Post Standard and new author will present a program  and book signing on his new book, 2nd Edition of New York Breweries. Steve Miller(11:00 am) , New York’s first Hop Specialist from Cornell Cooperative Extension and crowned Madison County Hop King in 2013 will share his research on the commercial hop industry in Madison and Oneida Counties. Al Bullard (2:45 pm) collector of hop tools and consultant on hop exhibits and crowned Madison County Hop King in 2005 will examine specialized farm implements used in the hop trade and highlight structures in teh landscape that may have been buildings used in the 19th and 20th   century hop industry. There will also be brewing demonstrations by American Home Brewers Association,  exhibits on the history of hops, crowning of the 2014 Hop King (2:00 pm), Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing(12:00-2:00 pm), and of course craft beer sampling(2:30-5:30 pm). Throughout the afternoon purchase your raffle tickets to win great beer related merchandise. Stop in the Hop Shop for some hop-related items, silver jewelry by Norm Dann and hop plants.  Visit with NEHA, Foothill Hops, Clark Hollow Hops, Madison County AED, Madison County Hop Specialist-Steve Miller and Great Lake Brewing News.

From 12-2 pm- under the Taste of Hops Tent sample the finest fare from the following restaurants: Cakes and Other Goodies, Colgate Inn, Hamilton Inn, Kenwood and Vine, Madison Bistro, No. 10 Tavern, The Ridge Golf Club and Tavern, and Ye Olde Landmark Tavern. Advance Tickets $20/$25 at the door. Check out the menu below:

                                                                                            2014- Taste of Hops Menu

Cakes and Other Goodies- is serving Tourtièrea French Canadian holiday pie, using Drover Hill Farms beef and pork rolled into a flaky pastry accompanied with a homemade beer catsup, fennel celery salad dressed with lemony vinaigrette shaved Parmesan and roasted pine nuts.

Colgate Inn is serving “Spaghetti and Meatballs” Beer-B-Q glazed pork belly meatballs topped with a cilantro and citrus gremolata with roasted and spiced spaghetti squash. Paired with Ommegang Witte.

Hamilton Inn is serving Milk Stout Chocolate Cake with a Foie Gras and Peanut butter crème anglaise and crispy bacon. Paired with Southern Tier 2x Milk Stout.

Kenwood and Vine-is serving “Beer Baked Chicken on Butternut Squash Bread with pickled plum and shaved fennel. Paired with Rogue  7 Hop IPA.

Madison Bistro is serving “Hop Picker Popper” Croquette Italiano – Italian Sausage and Cheese breaded and fried with Chipotle Ale BBQ Sauce. Paired with

No. 10 Tavern is serving Crawfish Etouffee over rice paired with Bayou Teche Biere LA-31 Biere Noire.

The Ridge Golf Club and Tavern is serving “Hop’in Pigs”-thick-cut applewood smoked bacon with Erie Canal Brewing’s Muleskinner-maple glaze and cracked black pepper.  Paired with Erie Canal Brewing’s Muleskinner.

Ye Olde Landmark Tavern is servingButtermilk fried shrimp with jalepano grits, smoked tomato vinaigrette and corn salsa. Paired with Brooklyn Pilsner.

From 2:30- 5:30- under the Craft Beer Sampling Tent enjoy some great craft beers from: Bayou Teche Biere, Bell’s Brewing, Binghamton Brewing, Brooklyn, Cortland Beer, Crispin’, Dog Fish, Empire Brewing, Erie Canal Brewing, Good Nature Farm Brewery and Tap Room,Goose Island, Harpoon,Henneberg Brewing, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, Middle Ages, Sackets Harbor, Saranac, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Strong Bow and more to be added!  Brewery Representatives will be on hand to answer all your beer questions. Advance tickets $25/$30 at the door. Tickets available at MCHS, Empire Brewing in Syracuse, Erie Canal Brewing in Canastota, Good Nature Farm Brewery and Tap Room in Hamilton, Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill, Middle Ages Brewing in Syracuse and Canastota Hometown Specialities in Canastota, or at

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. Looking forward to seeing you all at the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest!

For more information about the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest please contact the Madison County Historical Society at 435 Main Street in Oneida, 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735 or, email Sydney at, or visit Hop Fest on Facebook. There is no admission to attend the Hop Fest. Admission is charged for the Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops and Craft Beer Sampling.  Check out the new Hop Fest website where you will find discounts on tickets being offered. 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 craft beer sampling tent. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or volunteering your time, please contact the society at 315-363-4136, 315-361-9735, or email us at  Combine your love of history, beer and food at the 19th Annual Madison County Hop Fest.


Norm Dann of Peterboro is selling hop plants again on behalf of the Madison County Historical Society’s Hop Fest.  Please call Norm Dann at 315.380.9389 to purchase your $5 hop plant.