It is no secret we are very excited about the explosion of hop farming and craft brewing in Central New York and especially Madison County. September 14th-16th is the best time to celebrate all that is good about hops at the 17th annual Hop Fest at the Madison County Historical Society. This festival has become one of the best showcases of regional craft beers in all of upstate New York.
You can save some cash by buying your tickets in advance. Tickets for the Taste of Hops; a food and pairing are $20 advance or $25 at the door and tickets for the craft beer tasting are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
The Taste of Hops is a food and beer pairing like no other. The Taste of Hops runs from 12-2 and matches several area restaurants and a chocolatier with a craft brewery to create an appetizer or chocolate using beer as one of the ingredients.
The Colgate Inn is preparing Barbecue Pulled Pork Lollipop with a cornbread cupcake paired with Good Nature Brown Ale. The Hamilton Inn is preparing Crawfish and Smoked Sausage Gumbo Shooter with Green Chile Marinated Grilled Shrimp paired with Abita Amber Beer. The Poolville Country Store in Earlville is preparing Chicory Porter Beef Dim Sum paired with Good Nature Brewing’s Chicory Porter. Ye Olde Landmark Tavern of Bouckville is preparing chilled corn soup with pickled vegetables and fried calamari paired with Ommegang’s Hennepin. Lune Chocolat of Manlius, and the Sherwood Inn of Skaneateles will also be participating. Tickets are limited- only 150 will be sold.
When the Taste of Hops wraps up, its time to sample from over 20 styles of craft beer in the beer tent. Many of the breweries hale from right here in Central New York including, Binghamton Brewing, Butternuts Beer and Ale, Cooperstown Brewing, Cortland Beer, Empire Brewing, Good Nature Brewing, Ithaca Beer, Matt-Saranac, Middle Ages, Three Heads, Founders, Broooklyn, Sackets Harbor Brewing Company, Sam Adams, Ommegang, and more!! Tickets can be purchased at Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill, Good Nature Brewing in Hamilton, the Madison County Historical Society, or www.mchs1900.org/hopfest.
The grounds to Hop Fest open at 11am on the 15th. Don’t forget the other parts of the weekend long celebration of all things hops. There is a paired brew dinner at Ye Olde Landmark Tavern on Friday Night and the Hop Kiln Tour on Sunday. It’s a weekend long celebration of all things Hops and you should be there.