Author: Madison County NY
Good Nature Farm Brewery

Craft Brewing in Central New York

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:00 AM by Madison County NY

Malt, Hops, and History

By Jamie Bogner (Adapted from “Beercation: ‘Brew’ Central New York,” originally published in Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® and on

Hop Fest

Thanks to the efforts of smart industry leaders, sympathetic politicians, a tight connection between agriculture and brewing, and creative brewers themselves, the center of the Empire State is becoming a beer destination in its own right. A hundred years ago, the hills of Central New York—from Syracuse to Cooperstown and beyond—were covered in hops farms. For a significant time in the American history of brewing, it was the place to grow the bines that produce those bitter little cones. Then something horrible happened—