Hopsego - A Family-Friendly, Hop-Centric Event
Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
General admission tickets: $12 (adults 13-64), $10.50 (seniors 65+), and $6 (junior 7-12). Museum members, active and retired career military personnel, and kids (6 and under) are free. Purchase tickets in advance on Eventbrite.com or at the door on the day of the event. Access to the beer tasting tent is an additional $10 for visitors aged 21 and over with valid photo ID.
Hopsego brings together traditional ways, paired with contemporary craft. From the growing of hops to the making of food, beer and other products, families will get an all-encompassing experience and learn how the hop flower and vine rooted our region, formed family traditions and brought us into the resurgence of hop growing and craft brewing today. Vivid memories will be made; those that will endure a lifetime.
A Family-Friendly, Hop-Centered Event
The event will bring family-friendly activities together throughout the 35-acre Museum. Visitors of all ages will be able to see, smell, hear, touch and learn about the work being done in the hop yards:
11 am-1 pm: POP FLY! Soda Tastings, sponsored by Northern Eagle Beverage (Bump Tavern)
2-4 pm: NYS Craft Beer Tastings (Bump Tavern Green)
Breweries: 212 Brewery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Council Rock Brewery, Empire Brewing Company, Northway Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Red Shed Brewery
The beer tastings are $10 and include a free Hopsego etched glass and coaster. Must be 21+ with valid photo ID.
2:30-4 pm: We’ll unveil a new beer to celebrate our region’s rich hop history, Hopsego Harvest Ale, created through a unique collaboration with Cooperstown Brewing Company, Hager Hops and Northern Eagle Beverages. This limited release micro-brew can only be found at our tasting table beginning at 2:30 p.m.
11:30 am–1 pm: Hanzolo (Bump Tavern Green)
1–2 pm: Jeff Syman (Bump Tavern)
2–4:30 pm: Spectacular Average Boys (Bump Tavern Green)
- Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza food truck - Phat Backs BBQ’s food truck
- Crossroads Cafe
Throughout the Day:
10:30 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm: Hoppy Trails Tours (Bump Tavern) 10 am–12 pm and 1–5 pm: 19th Century Tintype Portrait Booth with Kevin Gray, Limited bookings. $30 per portrait of up to 5 people. Please sign-up in advance for a 15-minute time slot (Herkimer Kitchen)
10 am–2 pm: Hearth bread baking demonstration with Pamela Cooley (Lippitt Farmhouse)
11 am-4:30 pm: What is it? Hop Tool Display and
Conversation (Main Barn)
12 pm: A Case of Eviction - Trunk Show (Morey Barn)
2 pm and 2:30 pm: Rope making demonstration (Morey Barn)
- Family arts and crafts activities (Carousel Green)
- Family outdoor games (Carousel Green)
- Carousel rides (Empire State Carousel)
- Pulling and setting hop poles activity (Hop Yard)
- Weighing, testing and baling of hops (Pope Hop House)
- Hop picking (Hop Yard) - Visit the animals (Lippitt Farmstead) - Kids and families can earn hop tickets by doing hop-related tasks! Pick up your own Hop Picker Tally Book, get it stamped for each task completed, collect your earned tickets and get a prize!
- Making hop cultivation tools (Blacksmith Shop)
- Cooking and baking using hops (Lippitt Farmhouse)
- Homeopathic remedies using hops (Pharmacy)
- Hop prints (Print Shop)
- Box making (More House)
- Coopering demonstrations with Bob Allers and emerging Coopers (Carousel Green)
- Drinking and storage vessel pottery demonstrations
with Robert McCann (Carousel Green) - What did they do in a Hop House? A conversation and tour (Hop House)
- How do you grow hops? A conversation (Hop Yard)
- What are hop pellets? How do brewers use them and how are today’s hops harvested and processed? Information provided by Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing (Hop House)
- Book signing. Hops: Brewing and Beyond with Gertrude Coleman (Todd’s General Store) - Historic hop short film viewings (Main Barn)
- “Pop-Up” exhibition (Main Barn)
- Hop City Pickers exhibition (Main Barn) Hop vines for activities provided by Muddy River Hops.
Crafting a new Brew? We did it just for YOU!! Give our this new IPA a try and celebrate with us at 2:30 pm!!
We are happy to announce, this year in a unique collaboration with Cooperstown Brewing Company, Hager Hops and Northern Eagle Beverages, The Farmers’ Museum presents a new beer HOPSEGO HARVEST ALEcreated and brewed by the Cooperstown Brewing Company at the Lake George NY brewery in honor of the second annual Hopsegoevent. EXCLUSIVELY available for the first time, this limited release micro-brew is only at The Farmers’ Museum tasting table!
Take Something Home to Remember Your Day!
Visit the Museum Shop and Todd’s General Store for hop-related merch, all day long! Not tasting beer today? Get your commemorative Hopsegotasting glass all day in our Museum Shop!
Otsego County was the largest hop growing area in the United States during the early twentieth century. The rich tradition of the hop industry and agriculture supported local families and migrant workers, and resulted in ancillary businesses related to the niche trade. Hopsego, a new annual event at The Farmers’ Museum, now in its second year will celebrate the history and tradition of hops growing, harvesting, and related industries in Otsego and surrounding counties from the 1800s to today.
Thank you to 212 Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Council Rock Brewery, Empire Brewing Company, Hager Hops, Muddy River Hops Company, Northern Eagle Beverages, Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing, Northway Brewing Company, Pop Fly Soda, and Red Shed Brewery. Support provided by a Market NY through I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards.