Hop Harvest Festival slated for Sept. 7

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Visitors can tour a working brewery from the 19th century during the Hop Harvest Festival.

One of New York State’s original cash crops was the hop plant, evidenced now by western New York’s craft beer industry. This Labor Day, Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford is celebrating all things hops during the Hop Harvest Festival on Sept. 7.

The Museum will take visitors through the history of beer and hops from the field, through fermentation and into the glass.

Visitors can learn about brewing traditions at one of the only 19th-century working breweries in the U.S. and see the hops being harvested on-site. In the Pavilion Garden, beer will be sold in taste-sized portions so guests can enjoy several varieties, including GCV&M’s Fat Ox Ale and Stocking Hill Ale, and a selection of craft beer from Flying Bison Brewing Co. Wine and cider will be available.

Food options include treats from The Whistlestop and D.B. Munger Confectionery. The Historic Village will offer demonstrations and crafts related to the theme of hops and history, including recipes — called receipts in the 19th century — that feature beer and ale as a key ingredient.

Guests will enjoy live music across the Museum grounds, games on the Village Green, and can take a walk down to visit the farm animals or see the blacksmith in action.

On display in the John L. Wehle Gallery is “Victoria’s Closet: Fashions of the 1850s,” “Nature’s Chain: The Land and Our Place in It” and “Fan Favorites.” Guests can peek in at a parlor scene arranged to showcase items from the 19th century and learn about their histories.

GCV&M is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays-Sundays, plus Labor Day. Pre-sale tickets for Hop Harvest are discounted $2 when purchased through the Museum website by 4 p.m. on Sept. 6. GCV&M members and children ages 2 and younger receive free admission, and members need not pre-register.

Visit gcv.org for information.

A hop harvester at Genesee Country Village & Museum.