Hops industry after Prohibition topic Saturday

JUST SOME — Several ceramic beer bottles in the Oneida County Historical Society’s collection allude to the size of the region’s brewing industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries. (Photo submitted) .

Longtime Bridgewater resident Earl Allen will describe the Mohawk Valley hops and brewing industries at the Oneida County Historical Society on Saturday. Allen’s program starts at 1 p.m. in the society’s main exhibit gallery.

Admission is $2 or free for OCHS members and children ages 5 and under.

From the 1820s until the coming of Prohibition, Oneida County was one of the world’s leading suppliers of hops for the making of beer. As a result, the area surrounding the rich hops fields of southern Oneida County was marked with many small- and medium-sized breweries.

Following the end of Prohibition in 1933 some hops farming did return to the area, primarily due to the leadership of Alfred Baer of Continental Grain of Chicago.

Allen’s talk will focus on the post-Prohibition era of hops farming and what it meant to the Mohawk Valley.

The Oneida County Historical Society is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution and is dedicated to preserving the history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley.

Contact the society at 735-3642 or visit www.oneidacountyhistory.org or Facebook.com for information.