Hop Fest Paired Dinner Sept. 17

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MUNNSVILLE — The Paired Beer Dinner hosted at Foothill Hops Farm Brewery, located at 5024 Bear Path Road, will take place Friday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

The four course paired beer dinner will be catered by HipStir Café. HipStir’s Executive Chef, Jennifer DiGiorgio, an accomplished chef graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has curated a meal that has been paired with craft beers from Foothill Hops Farm Brewery.

Tickets for the paired beer dinner are $75. Tickets can be purchased online at madisoncountyhopfest.org HipStir Café, or Foothill Hops Farm Brewery.

For the first-course, breakfast toast infused chicken broth, salt-cured egg yolk paired with Foothill Hops “Kungfu” Honey Blonde Ale — a light-colored and flavored year-round beer.

DiGiorgio aid the hefty ABV and sweet honey should contrast the light and salty profile of this course.

For the second course, a southern-fried wedge salad with southern mustard buttermilk Bleu cheese, tomatoes, cinnamon pickled acorn squash, candied pecans, and fried chicken skin paired with Foothill Hops“Pratts Hollow Heritage” – an IPA made with 19th century feral hops found and grown in Pratts Hollow.

While this is an IPA, experts say the profile tends to be earthy, a bit spicy, and slightly floral.and will bridge the varied sweetness and acidity in this course.

The third course is a meatloaf wellington, green apple, and baby onion mashed potatoes, pea, and carrot purée paired with Foothill Hops “2021 Harvest Ale” — a single malt single hop IPA with fresh hops from the field of 2021 Hop King Chad Meigs.

The premiere tasting “2021 Harvest Ale” will be at the dinner and featured on draft at the Hop Fest on Saturday, Sep. 18.

The fourth course is a parmesan pound cake, cranberry reduction, honey walnut brittle paired with Foothill Hops “Aran’s Irish Red Ale” — a finish to the meal with this beer that provides the right balance between bitter and sweet.

At the paired beer dinner this year, we will crown this year’s 2021 Hop King, Chad Meigs, owner of the Bineyard in Cazenovia.

Meigs has been growing, harvesting, drying, pelletizing, and packaging hops for eleven years at his hop yard. The Madison County Hop Fest Committee is honored to be recognizing Meigs for his dedication and continuous efforts to improve conditions for hop growers through leadership, education, and lobbying and for hosting tours of his facility during the Hop Fest Heritage Tours.

Participants must be at least 21 years of age to sample the craft beer at 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.

COVID-19 vaccinations 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 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.

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