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October 20, 2016: We are hosting Hoptoberfest for CCE!

Hoptoberfest 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County will host the 3rd annual Hoptoberfest, a growing hops workshop. This year’s workshop will be taught by regional Cornell Specialists and experienced Erie County growers and brewers. This workshop will assist individuals in learning how to grow hops commercially.

In July 2012, Governor Cuomo signed legislation to support and strengthen New York’s craft breweries with the goal of increasing demand for locally grown products as well as expanding economic development and promoting tourism by showcasing exceptional food and beverage products through the Taste NY initiative. Under the new law, in order to receive a Farm Brewery License in New York State, the beer must be made primarily from locally grown farm products; 20% local by 2018, 60% local by 2023 and after 2024, 90% of the hops and other ingredients used must be grown or produced in New York.

To help with this initiative, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County has continued to offer Hoptoberfest the past three years. Hoptoberfest 2016 will begin at the Roycroft Printshop (formerly CCE Erie), parking lot with participants loading a bus to travel to Koester Hops in Eden, NY. The Koester’s, previous Hoptoberfest alumni, will give participants an overview and lead a discussion about their successes and challenges as hops farmers and their expanding hops acreage. Following the tour and discussion at Koester’s, the group will travel to Big Ditch Brewing Company in Buffalo, NY. Matt Kahn, partner in Big Ditch Brewing Company, will describe their new brew, a NYS Pale Ale, which will be made with local ingredients grown byErie County farmers. He will also discuss what kind of product he and other brewers look for when purchasing brew products. To complete the evening, Tim Weigle, IPM specialist for the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, will give a presentation about hops Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

The cost to attend is $55 per person, and if enrolled in the CCE Erie Agriculture Program the cost is $50 per person. The cost covers bus travel and appetizers at Big Ditch Brewing. Alcohol is available for purchase only by participants at Big Ditch Brewing Company


$55 or $50 for CCE Ag Enrollment

December 2016:    Cornell Hops Conference & NeHA Annual Meeting:    Morrisville State College, Morrisville, NY