Traditional hop harvest Sunday in Bridgewater
BRIDGEWATER — Saranac’s Hop Harvest will take place this weekend, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, at Wrobel Farms.
In the 1800s and 1900s, the Matt family traditionally used local hop farms for ingredients to brew its beers. F.X. Matt visited farms every Sunday to pick out and purchase his hops for the week. One of these popular hop farms originally owned by the Shaul Family, is still in existence.
Founded in the 1860s, this hop farm was later purchased by the Hittleman family to supply its brewery, Edelbrew, in Brooklyn. Now owned by Jim Wrobel of Wrobel Farms, this farm is equipped with an original hop kiln.
They formed a partnership to brew a special Saranac beer made with local heirloom hops dating back to 1872. Last year, the harvest resulted in 180 pounds of locally grown hops picked for the first ever New York State Wet Hop IPA.
This year those who help pick will be able to stick around while Saranac brewers prepare the hops. "Stay at the farm and hang with us as Fred cooks some hot dogs on the grill," the company stated.
To participate, visit www.saranac.com. You must be a member of Club Saranac.