The 18th Annual Madison County Hop Fest presented by the Madison County Historical Society and the NYS Barn coalition is September 13-15!

Hop Fest celebrates the past and possible future of the hop industry in Madison County, which has more than 200 years of hop heritage in  Madison County plus a present-day hop farming resurgence.

On Friday Sept. 13, enjoy an exceptional meal at the Hamilton Inn paired with Good Nature Brewing.  Brewery owners Carrie Blackmore and Matt Whalen will be at the dinner to talk about the paired meal and their craft beer. (TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT—though the Hamilton Inn will present Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing Saturday at noon at the Madison County Historical Society).

Admission is free on Saturday Sept. 14 to the Madison County Historical Society (9:30 am–5:30pm) where a variety of featured guest speakers will discuss all-things-hops.  There will also be brewing demonstrations by American Home Brewers Association, BIER Club, Salt City Brew Club, exhibits on the history of hops, crowning of the 2013 Hop King 2pm), and of course craft beer sampling (2:30-5:30 pm).  Throughout the afternoon, purchase your raffle tickets to win great beer-related merchandise. And visit the "Hopshop" to purchase hop plants and event shirts! Plus, you can visit with folks from the Northeast Hops Alliance, Foothill Farms, a local hops farm, Madison County Agriculture Economic Development and Great Lakes Brewing News.

On Sunday Sept. 15, take the Agricultural Development Tour: Settlement Period Barns to Hop Houses (9 am-3 pm). The tour promises to be a fun day of architectural history and enjoyment of a six-course hop-inspired meal prepared by the Copper Turret. Tour participants are asked to meet at the Cornell Co- Operative Extension office located at 100 Eaton Street in Morrisville at 9 am. This tour will commence and finish with a hop house. Carl Stearns, Preservation Architect from Crawford & Stearns and Randy Nash, owner of New York Barn Company, will lead the tour and share their vast knowledge on the development of the barns in CNY and the role of the hop industry in New York State.

The tour concludes with dinner at the Copper Turret where Chef Kerry Beadle has prepared a hop inspired meal of: Hop Sausage with spicy veer vinegar Sauce, Bock Beer Brined Corned Brisket on braised red cabbage, Stout Braised Pulled Pork Carnitas with hop-infused peach granita and cilantro crème fraiche, Beer Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with Peach Tomato Salsa Porter, Barbequed Salmon on quinoa pilaf, and Chocolate Beer Cheesecake with a pretzel crust. Tickets for the tour and dinner are $62 each.

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

For more information, and to purchase tickets, call the society at 315-363-4136 or visit www.mchs1900.org/hopfest. There is no admission to attend Hop Fest. Admission is charged for the Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops presented by The Hamilton Inn, Beer Sampling and the Agricultural Development Tour: Settlement Period Barns to Hop Houses.  Must be at least 21 to enter the events where beer is served. Proper ID required for entrance to all areas where beer is served. Please do not bring children, strollers, or pets to the event. Tickets available for designated drivers (who must be 21 years of age) at the entrance of the craft beer sampling tent.

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