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Program and Event Press Releases
Publication Date: 
August 2007
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COOPERSOWN, N.Y., August 28, 2007—Brown’s Brewing Company, Troy, New York, claimed the first place award as overall favorite among judges and event attendees for its Oatmeal Stout at The Farmers’ Museum’s Hop Pickers’ Picnic on Saturday, August 25. This evening event, which features handcrafted and micro-brewed beer sampling, live music, hop picking and hops-related demonstrations, drew five New York State microbreweries and close to 20 varieties of ales, lagers, and stouts.

Brown’s traditional English style Oatmeal Stout received favorable ratings from the event’s judges and attendees. Veteran beer judge David Graham said that the stout was a “medium-bodied stout with good oatmeal smoothness and flavor, clean pleasant finish and aftertaste.” The Oatmeal Stout, which is part of Brown’s limited ales and lagers line, took home a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup held in San Diego, April 2004.

Though awards were not given to second and third place favorites during the event, judges made special mention of Brewery Ommegang’s Abbey Ale, the Belgian brewery’s award-winning first brew, which was inspired by the centuries-old brewing techniques of Belgian trappist monks.

The judges vote in combination with the public vote made Butternuts Brewing Company’s Porkslap Pale Ale, an amber-colored light bodied session ale with a mild hop flavor, the third favorite beer of the evening.

About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

The Farmers’ Museum is located on 5775 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown, NY. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and members are admitted free. From April 1 through May 14 and October 9 through October 31, admission prices are reduced to $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and over, and $4 for children age 7 to 12. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include the Fenimore Art Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit


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Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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