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Madison County Hop Fest

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

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 special discount now- August 15, 2014 where you can save $5 when you buy a combination Taste of Hops and Beer Sampling ticket package. Buy your tickets today! 

Sept. 12- Paired Hop Dinner at Kenwood and Vine, 170 Kenwood Ave, Oneida, NY. Join the historical society for an exceptional meal paired with a craft brewery.  Don Smith, chef of Kenwood and Vine and a craft brewery representative will talk about the five course paired meal. Reserve your seat by 9/5. Tickets are $55

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.

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, Dog Fish, Empire Brewing, Erie Canal Brewing, Good Nature Brewing, Goose Island, Henneberg Brewing, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, Middle Ages, Sackets Harbor, Saranac, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing, Southern Tier 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 Titletown liquors 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.