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Celebrate craft beer, hop history at the Madison County Hop Fest

Posted 9/11/22

The Madison County Historical Society’s 26th annual Madison County Hop Fest is Saturday, Sept. 17.

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Celebrate craft beer, hop history at the Madison County Hop Fest

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ONEIDA — The Madison County Historical Society’s 26th annual Madison County Hop Fest is Saturday, Sept. 17.

This year’s Hop Fest will feature a hop exhibit, a hop shop, vendors selling hop-related merchandise, raffles, food trucks including Brake from the Grind, Tacocat, Kandi’s Kitchen, The Yellow House NY, and Oscar’s Food Truck, music from The Guy Young Band from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and a sampling of a variety of craft beer.

Participating breweries at the time of writing include: Foothill Hops Farm Brewery, Allagash, Athletic Brewing, Bells, Brewdog, Brooklyn, Cigar City Brewing, Common Roots, Down East Cider, Firestone Walker Brewing, Lexington Brewing and Distilling, Lagunitas, Middle Ages, Sierra Nevada, Six Point, Steuben Brewing, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Two Robbers, Citizen Cider, Ellicottville, Empire, Faith American, Founders, Frog Alley, Genesee, Great Lakes, Northway, Singlecut, Sweetwater, Switchback.

This is a 21 and older event. Proper ID is required. Tickets are required for the Craft Beer Sampling — $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

The craft beer sampling is from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Attendees receive a complimentary 5 oz. souvenir glass. Tickets can be purchased at www.madisoncountyhopfest.org, at the Madison County Historical Society, and at Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill.

Join the Hop Fest earlier in the day from noon to 2 p.m. on the Madison County Historical Society’s grounds for a hop heritage program led by Al Bullard, who 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. Copies of his book will be available for sale.

Proceeds from the Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society.

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.madisoncountyhopfest.org or call the Madison County Historical Society at 315-363-4136.

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