Hopsego – at the Farmers’ Museum
Hopsego at The Farmers’ Museum Celebrates The Region’s Hop Culture with Music, Food and Tastings
Saturday, August 17, 2019 • 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Admission: $12 adult, $10.50 senior, $6 child 7-12, Members and children 6 and under are free
Beer Tasting Admission: additional $5 (Tastings 1:00–4:00pm, first 150 people receive a hand-made, ceramic tasting glass)
Celebrate Otsego County hops at The Farmers’ Museum’s annual event–Hopsego, taking place Saturday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event brings dozens of family-friendly, hop-related activities together throughout the museum’s historic grounds. In addition to the great line-up of music and food vendors, adults can partake in beer tastings with several local breweries. There are family activities and games for kids as well as the museum’s daily offerings that include the Empire State Carousel, the Children’s Barnyard, and the Country Village. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for a complete list of activities.
Otsego County was the largest hop growing area in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 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 celebrates the history and tradition of hop growing, harvesting, and related industries in Otsego and surrounding counties from the 1800s to today. See our 2019 exhibition BREW: New York’s Craft Beer Revival featuring objects, images, and text highlighting the history of New York State brewing, hops, and barley up to the present day. Central New York’s breweries and beer experts share their stories and process in this vibrant and engaging exhibition.
Beer tastings take place from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Louis C. Jones Center. Access to the tastings is an additional $5. The first 150 people receive a hand-made, ceramic tasting glass with The Farmers’ Museum logo. Tastings provided by Brewery Ommegang, Butternuts Beer and Ale, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Red Shed Brewery and others.
The entire family can enjoy root beer served at Bump Tavern throughout the day. Kids can find games on the Tavern Green including egg & spoon races, stilt races, and sack races. Be sure to come down and sign up for your choice of race and time slot! There will even be a Hop Picker’s Contra Dance upstairs at Bump Tavern (11:00am and 1:00pm).
Hear great live music beginning with Gravelyard (12:00–1:45 p.m.) and followed by the Stoddard Hollow String Band (2:00-4:00 p.m.). There is also some 19th-century entertainment with the museum’s one-act comedy, A Case for Eviction, performed on the Tavern Green.
Enjoy an artisanal pizza and soft drink at one of Central New York’s top-rated food trucks, Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fire Pizza or pick up an exceptional barbeque at Tickled Pink BBQ’s food truck. Visit the museum’s Crossroad’s Café next to Bump Tavern anytime during the day for additional offerings.
Find hop-related demonstrations throughout the day in our historic village plus Hop and Brew Tours starting at Bump Tavern (10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm). You can also see a cooper (Bob Allers) and a potter (Bob McCann) at work.
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 at the door on the day of the event. Access to the beer tasting area is an additional $5 for visitors aged 21 and over with a valid photo ID.
Enjoy two events for only $20. Purchase a 2-way ticket with Fenimore Art Museum and get admission to Art by the Lake–taking place across the street, on the same day.
The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 Route 80 in Cooperstown. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.