Join us for
The Madison County Hop Fest surpasses all of the other fests out there because it is the only one of its kind that can proudly declare that it celebrates over 200 years of hop heritage that began right here in Madison County! It was right here in Madison County that James Coolidge from New England planted the 1st commercial hop yard on acres of farmland in Bouckville. It was also right here in Madison County where James Coolidge was the first to transport hops to the New York City market in 1816. Thus, establishing a commercial agricultural connection between the hop fields of CNY and the agricultural commodity marketplace. (Cultural Resource Survey of Hop Heritage Sites in Madison County. Nell Ziegler, 2007. Survey funded by Preserve New York, a grant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts.) Many Madison County farmers followed in Coolidge’s footsteps turning over their fields into commercial hop yards as did the farmers from neighboring counties- Montgomery, Schoharie, Chenango, Otsego, Herkimer and Oneida. The Madison County Hop Fest is a signature event for Madison County and New York State for that matter, as there are no other fests that can make the historic claim that New York State’s Hop Heritage began in their county.
The Madison County Hop Fest celebrates the past, present and prosperous future of the hop industry in Madison County and throughout New York State. At the 20th Annual Madison County Hop Fest we will have: programs about hop culture in NYS; home brewing demonstrations; exhibits on the history of hops; exhibitor booths from hop suppliers, hop farmers and beer clubs; paired beer dinner at Ye Olde Landmark Tavern (Sept. 18. 6 pm. Tickets are $60); Taste of Hops: food and beer pairing (September 19, 12- 2 pm Tickets are $20 advance/ $25 door); sampling of craft beer (Sept. 19, 2:30-5:30. Tickets are $25 advance/ $30 door); crowning of Hop King (Sept. 19, 2 pm) and a Hop Kiln Tour (Sept. 20, 9 am- 4 pm, Tickets-TBD). Participants on the tour will board a motor coach to explore beautiful historic hop houses and related heritage sites, while stopping along the way to sample craft beer and light fare at area craft breweries and finishing the tour with a hop inspired meal at the Copper Turret in Madison County.
Click the poster below for more details!
Sept. 18-Paired Hop Dinner
Ye Olde Landmark Tavern, Route 20, Bouckville, NY
Tickets are $60. Reservations required by September 11 and seating is limited.
Sept. 19– Hop Fest
on-site at the Madison County Historical Society, 435 Main Street, Oneida.
11am– 5:30 pm. Free admission
featured guest speakers-
Dr. Christopher L. Nyberg (11:00 am), Dean of Agriculture, Sustainability, Business and Entrepreneurship at Morrisville State College, Madison County Hop King 2014 will present a program about the Brewing Institute at the college.
Steve Miller (11:00 am), New York’s 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 the landscape that may have been buildings used in the 19th and 20th century hop industry.
Throughout the afternoon on Sept. 19 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 hop plants, hop-related items, and silver jewelry by Norm Dann
Exhibitor Booths –NEHA, Foothill Hops, Great Lake Brewing News, Hungry Hounds Beerscuits more to be added!
Crowning of the 2015 Hop King (2:00 pm),
Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing (Sept. 19, 12:00-2:00 pm), Tickets: $20 Advance/ $25 door.
The following 9 restaurants/caterers are participating:
Cakes and Other Goodies of Oneida;
Colgate Inn of Hamilton;
Madison Bistro of Wampsville;
Napoleon’s Café and Catering of Oneida;
No. 10 Tavern of Hamilton;
Miciel’s Comfort Dining and Catering of Canastota;
Poolville Country Store of Earlville;
Ray Brother’s Barbeque of Bouckville;
Ye Olde Landmark Tavern of Bouckville.
Craft beer sampling (Sept. 19, 2:30-5:30 pm). Tickets: $25 Advance/ $30 at the door.
Variety of craft beers for the public to sample. Over 30 craft breweries. Here is a sampling of our list so far…Binghamton Brewing, Cortland Beer, Creative Shepard Farm Brewing, Empire Brewing, Erie Canal Brewing, Good Nature Brewing, Hennenberg Brewing, Ithaca, Middle Ages, Saranac Brewing. Attendees who purchase tickets to the craft beer sampling get a commemorative 5 oz. glass.
Sept. 20 Hop Kiln Tour
9 am- 4 pm. Tickets; TBD
Board a motor coach to explore beautiful historic hop houses and related heritage sites, while stopping along the way to sample craft beer and light fare at area craft breweries and finishing the tour with a hop inspired meal at the Copper Turret in Madison County