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PAGE 12 • SEPTEMBER 2014 • TABLE HOPPING


Brew Time


by GLORIA RAKOWSKY Celebrating Hop Heritage of Madison County


Aahh, the scent of freshly picked flowers is one of the small pleasures in life – rose and jasmine are two sweet strong scents that I have enjoyed thoroughly throughout my life. After picking hop flowers recently at a local farm, I’ll now have to add the scent of freshly picked hops as my top flower scent. The use of hops in beer dates back to 736 A.D. in Hallertau, Germany and is a predominant ingredient in today’s beer. With their different aromas, hops


ter taste and act To honor the


the Madison


Society puts on Fest for an entire year on Sep- 13. In celebra- County’s 200 heritage, this


“The hop industry in New York State exploded in 1828... Madison, Oneida, and Otsego Counties raised the most--nearly 80% in the nation by 1880!”


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give beer its bit- as a preservative. mighty hop,


County Historical an annual Hop weekend, this tember 12 and tion of Madison year plus hop event is a must-


do for any beer and local history lover out there. Madison County’s own resident, James Coolidge, introduced commercial hop growing to New York State in 1808 by bringing a


rootstock from New England. His success enticed area farmers who took up planting acres of hops. The hop industry in New York State exploded in 1828 with eleven counties raising hops. Madison, Oneida, and Otsego Counties raised the most--nearly 80% in the nation by 1880! The festivities kick off on Friday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. for a Paired Beer Dinner at


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the Kenwood and Vine in Oneida. A five-course meal will be paired with a variety of craft beers. Tickets are $55; reservations are required by September 5 (seating is limited). On Saturday, September 13, there will be a variety of programs throughout the day on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society. At 11:00 a.m., Don Cazentre, local writer and author of “New York Breweries” will do a presentation and book signing. Steve Miller, New York State Hop Specialist from Cornell Cooperative Extension and crowned Madison County Hop King in 2013 will share his research on the commercial hop industry in Oneida and Madison Counties. At 2:00 p.m. the 2014 Hop King will be crowned – I think it’s time we vote for a Hop Queen, don’t you?! At 2:45 p.m. Al Bullard, Hop Histo- rian and crowned Madison County Hop King in 2005 will examine specialized farm implements used in the hop trade and highlight structures in the landscape that may have been build- ings used in the 19th and 20th century hop industry. Also on the grounds will


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be a variety of vendors and organizations for you to get to know. The Hop Shop will have hop-related items, silver jewelry by Norm Dann and hop plants for sale. Throughout the afternoon you can purchase raffle tickets to win great beer


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