ONEIDA — The Madison County Historical Society invites the public for the return of the 25th Annual Madison County Hop Fest.
On Saturday, Sept. 18, on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society is the Madison County Hop Fest’s Craft Beer Sampling from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
Participating Breweries include: Foothill Hops, Talking Cursive, Meier Creek, Browns, Shed, Shiner, Sullivan’s, Two Roads, Switchback, Faith American, Founders, Frog Alley, Great Lakes, Ithaca, Sixpoint, Skewered, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Genesse, Stowe Cider, Ellicotville, Empire, Two Robbers, Long Trail, Ottercreek, Paradox, Paulaner, Allagash, Bells, Brewdog, Brooklyn, Cantiki, Cigar City, Common Roots, Down East, Firestone Walker, Kentucky Beer, Middle Ages, and Sierra Nevada.
The event will feature hop exhibits, Hop Shop, homebrewing demonstrations, exhibitors, raffles, food trucks from Brake from the Grind, Dough Boys BBQ, Knickerbocker Meats, and Oscar’s Gourmet Steak and Crab, live music from Guy Young and the Rockers from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and more at the Madison County Historical Society.
Tickets are required for the Craft Beer Sampling — $30 advance and $35 at the door. This is a 21 and older event where proper ID is required.
Everyone attending the Madison County Hop Fest this year must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, i.e. original vaccination card, or copy of vaccination card to security prior to entering the Madison County Historical Society’s grounds on Sept. 18.
Attendees at the Paired Beer Dinner on Sept. 17 at Foothill Hops Farm Brewery must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, i.e. original vaccination card, or copy of vaccination card upon entry to the brewery. No refund on Craft Beer Sampling tickets or Paired Beer Dinner tickets if these stated conditions are not met.
The Madison County Hop Fest will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements as of the date of the event, affecting capacity, attendance prerequisites, procedures, and other preventative measures.
Should the Hop Fest be canceled due to state and local rules and regulations prohibiting events to occur as a result of COVID-19, then a full refund will be honored. Join the Festival earlier in the day on Sept. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 pm for a series of Hop Heritage programs on hop houses at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Oneida Public Library.
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.
The Madison County Hop Fest is made possible with support from The Gorman Foundation, White’s Farm Supply, Inc., Cricket Wireless, Liberty Tabletop, Tanner Insurance Agency Inc., and Hartman Enterprises, Inc.
The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida. The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage.
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. For more information and to purchase tickets online visit madisoncountyhopfest.org or call the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136. Tickets are available at Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill.