Madison County Hop Fest

Madison County Hop Fest

September 17, 1:00pm – 5:30 pm
on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society


This is a 21 year of age event. Proper ID is required. 

Tickets are required for the Craft Beer Sampling
$30 advance/$35 at the door.

Attendees receive a complimentary 5 oz. souvenir glass. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Madison County Historical Society, and at Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill. 

About the Hop Fest

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, a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library. The Historical Society’s headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places. If you would like to help support the Historical Society by becoming a sponsor, please contact Sydney at

Craft Beer Sampling

2:00pm - 5:30pm

Participating breweries include:
  • Allagash
  • Athletic Brewing
  • Bells
  • Brewdog
  • Brooklyn
  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Common Roots
  • Down East Cider
  • Firestone Walker Brewing
  • Kentucky Beer
  • Middle Ages
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Six Point
  • Steuben Brewing
  • Smuttynose
  • Southern Tier
  • Two Robbers Brewery
  • Citizen Cider
  • Ellicottville
  • Empire
  • Faith American
  • Founders
  • Frog Alley
  • Genesse
  • Great Lakes
  • Northway
  • Single cut
  • Sweetwater
  • Switchback


Hop Culture in Central New York - 1pm at the Carriage Barn

At 1:00 pm, with the opening of the Madison County Hop Fest, Al Bullard will take his post in the Carriage Barn at the Bittersweet: Hop Culture in Central New York exhibit. Bullard, the author of The Hop Farmer’s Year: The Seasons, Tools & Methods of Hop Growers in New York State’s Golden Age of Hops, will identify tools and equipment from specific manufacturing locations in Madison, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie counties.

Bullard earned his B.S. in history from Lebanon Valley College and his M.A. in Folklife Studies and Museum Management from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York at Oneonta. His interest in hops began in graduate school and since then he has collected the stories, tools, and artifacts of New York’s hop heritage. He has written extensively on the subject, given lectures, and participated in seminars and Hop Fests. Bullard is a retired teacher from Cooperstown Central School. Bullard was crowned Madison County Hop King in 2002. Copies of his book will be available for sale. 


This year’s Madison County Hop Fest is made possible by the most generous support from:

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