This Labor Day, visitors to Genesee Country Village & Museum can spend the holiday following the journey of hops, one of New York States original cash crops, from field, to brewery, to pint glass. The Hop Harvest Festival will take place on Monday, September 6, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, NY.
Tour a 19th-century brewery
GCV&M is one of the only museums in the United States with a 19th-century brewery. Grieve’s Brewery is a reconstruction of a c. 1803 brewery from Geneva, NY, with portions of Rochester’s old Enright Brewery (closed in 1907) and an early timber-framed structure from West Bloomfield, NY. Visitors to Hop Harvest Festival can tour Grieve’s Brewery, learn from costumed historical interpreters how brewing relied on gravity during much of the process, with liquids either pumped by hand or ladled into troughs throughout the building. From the pump logs that move water and wort to the dry barrels that hold the malted grain and the wooden mash rakes, everything in the brewery was crafted by hand—including the 250-gallon copper brew kettle.
Sample historic beers
At Hop Harvest Festival (and all season long), visitors can enjoy two craft beers on tap in the Museum’s historic Freight House Pub, both brewed referencing historical recipes by Flying Byson Brewing Company in Buffalo, NY. Sample Stocking Hill Ale, an American Wheat Ale with ginger which pours a light hazy gold color with wheaty aromas and a bittersweet gingery finish. Or, try a crowd favorite, Fat Ox Ale: an American-style brown ale with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Visitors can enjoy a sample, purchase a pint, or bring home a growler of either of these historical brews.
Explore historical uses of beer and hops
In addition to exploring the historic brewery and sampling craft beverages, visitors can meander through the Historic Village during Hop Harvest Festival and explore local history related to beer and brewing. Learn how hops were used to dye fibers and fabrics, sample beer bread baked in the Livingston-Backus House Kitchen, explore the medicinal uses for hops, purchase savory treats in the Confectionery to take home, and more. Plus, a limited number of guests can enjoy a historic meal served out of Hosmer’s Inn (built in 1818).
Live music and beer garden
Spend the afternoon in the Beer Garden (from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and enjoy beer tastings and pints from a variety of local breweries. Food specials will be available in the Depot Restaurant and a local food truck will serve festival fare. Live music will be provided by Rochester-based band Big Logic and the Truth Serum and one-man-band Jackson Cavalier, and the Heindengold German Dancers will be performing traditional dances in costume.
More information about Hop Harvest Festival and tickets can be found at https://www.gcv.org/events/hop-harvest-festival/. Support provided by Market New York through I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards, and CP Ward General Contractors. Pre-registration is not required, but tickets are limited and will be available online and day-of at the door, until events are sold out. All 21+ visitors who intend to consume alcohol at the event must show valid identification with proof of age upon arrival at Admissions and will be given a wrist band. Event admission is $23 for adults; $20 for seniors (62+); $20 for students (13 – 18); $17 for youth (3 – 12); and free for children 2 and under. Please note: in response to the recommendation by the Monroe County Department of Health, masks are required inside of buildings for all Museum visitors.
GCV&M is the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The Museum, with its John L. Wehle Gallery, working brewery, vintage base ball park, and Nature Center, is located in Mumford, NY, 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo. Visit during the 2021 season to share in the excitement of Genesee Country Village & Museum’s 45th anniversary. Visit www.gcv.org for more information.