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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.
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Paired Hop Dinner at Ye Olde Landmark Tavern, Route 20, Bouckville, NY. 6 pm. Tickets are $60. Reservations required by September 11 and seating is limited.
Roasted Beet Salad
Ledyard sheep’s milk cheese, local greens, bacon, honey vinaigrette
Empire Brewing Company White Aphro
Smoked Mushroom Soup
Sourdough Croutons, horseradish crème fraiche
Brooklyn Brewery Brown Ale
Braised shoulder, cauliflower puree, grilled sirloin, kale pesto, autumn vegetables
Good Nature Brewing Chicory Mocha Porter
Cream cheese ice cream, maple caramel
Madison County 2oth Anniversary Craft Beer
Empire Brewing Company Hop Trail Ale
Featured Madison County products:
Ledyard sheep’s milk cheese,Meadwood Farm, Cazenovia
Mushroom, Fruit of the Fungi, Lebanon
Sourdough, Heartstone Bakery at Alambria Springs Farm
Fresh produce, Mosher Farm, Bouckville; Highland Farm of Hamilton and others
Bacon, Nower’s Custom Slaughtering, Hamilton
Beef, Drover Hill Farm, Earlville
Apples, Critz Farms, Cazenovia
Cream Cheese, Queensboro, Canastota
Maple Syrup, Sugar Daddy Ranch, Hamilton
on-site at the Madison County Historical Society, 435 Main Street, Oneida. 11am– 5:30 pm.
Free admission. 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 hop plants, hop-related items, and silver jewelry by Norm Dann
Exhibitor Booths -NEHA, Foothill Hops,Great Lakes Brewing News and Hungry Hound Beerscuits. Cowboy BBQ and Gypsy Girl Wood Fired Pizza will be onsite all afternoon serving great barbecue and wood fired pizza!
Al Bullard (11 am. Program will be held near Barn), collector of hop tools and consultant on hop exhibits and crowned Madison County Hop King in 2002 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.
Dave King, (11 am. Program will be held inside of Barn), President of BIER, President of BIER, Brewers in the Endicott Region, will fill you in on the ingredients, equipment, and process for making your own beer at home. If you can boil water, you can make good beer.
Dr. Christopher L. Nyberg (3:00 pm. Program will be held inside of Taste of Hops Tent) Dean of Agriculture, Sustainability, Business and Entrepreneurship at Morrisville State College, Madison County Hop King 2014, will present a program about the Brewing Institute.
Steve Miller (3:30 pm. Program will be held inside of Taste of Hops Tent)), 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.
Crowning of the 2015 Hop King (2:00 pm),
Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing (12:00-2:00 pm), Tickets: $20 Advance/ $25 door.The following restaurants/caterers are participating:
Colgate Inn of Hamilton;
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 (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 our list of participating breweries and cideries…
Empire, Erie Canal Brewing, Henneberg, Good Nature, Ithaca, WT Brews, Middle Ages, Saranac, Adirondack, Browns, Binghamton, Cortland Beer, Creative Shepard, Butternuts, Ommegang, Southern Tier, Six Point Brewery, Gael Brewing Company, Keuka Brewing, Switchback, Keegans, Founders, Harpoon, Brooklyn, Oskar Blues, Abita, Narragansett, Ballast Point, Rogue, Stone, Magic Hat, Laugnitas, Dog Fish, Sierra Nevada, Anderson Valley, Wachusett, Smutty Nose, Sam Smith, Ale Smith, Carlsburg, Crabbies, Cider Creek, Crispin Cider, 1911 Hop Cider, and Woodchuck Cider.Attendees who purchase tickets to the craft beer sampling get a commemorative 5 oz. glass.
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.