Hop fest honoring 2 centuries of growing

23 Aug

ONEIDA, NY — The Finger Lakes are known for more more than wine. Beer, for example. Thus, the 15th annual Madison County Hops Fest is a big deal every September.

The event, sponsored and hosted by the Madison County Historical Society, celebrates more than two centuries of hops heritage, which began when local man James Coolidge introduced commercial hop growing to the state in 1808 by bringing a rootstock from New England.

The event begins with at 6 p.m. Friday, September 17, beer pairing dinner at Blue Barbecue, located at 249 Genesee Street in nearby Chittenango. On Saturday, September 18, at the Historical Society’s Cottage Lawn (above) campus at 435 Main Street, the schedule begins at 11 a.m. with video presentations on hop culture, home brew clubs, raffle, hopshop, hop-growing displays and craft beer sampling. From noon to 2 p.m. is the Taste of Hops, a food-and-beer pairing featuring appetizers from Blue Barbecue, Johnnie’s Pier 31, Someplace Else, The Colgate Inn, Ye Olde Landmark Tavern, and Zabroso. From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., beer sampling will be held in the brew tent.

Among confirmed breweries participating in the event are Landmark, Cooperstown, Ithaca, Saranac, Long Trail, Middle Ages, Ommegang, Magic Hat and Flying Bison. There will be more than 40 styles of craft beer to sample. Hop plants and souvenir items also will be available for purchase.

While there is no admission to attend, admission is charged for the four-course dinner, the beer sampling and the Taste of Hops. Admission is prohibited for persons under 21. Ticket information and ordering are available online. Proceeds support the educational programming of the Historical Society.

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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Beer, Festival, Tasting Event, Upstate


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