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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Taj Garage Opens At Art Garage

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HOLIDAY MARKET – 5 – 7 p.m. The Taj Garage comes early. Visiting artist Steve Clorfeine, poet, world traveler, teacher, more, presents items from Nepal, India. Includes handcrafted items from silk, cotton, sculpture, paintings, dolls, more. Find great wedding, holiday presents. Show continues thru 8/26. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

FINE CRAFTS – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception for Fine Crafts Invitational exhibit “Made in New York: Earth, Wind & Sky” with joint Miniature Show inspired by Thomas Cole. Displayed thru 9/21. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Hops History Festival

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HOPSEGO – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Family friendly festival featuring activities, fun, games, opportunities to learn local history and craft brewing. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Hopsego

ANTIQUE TRACTORS – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Antique tractors, engines, working exhibits on display. All brands, sizes, shapes, colors, conditions accepted. Fun for all. Roseboom. 607-264-9327 or visit www.farmershotline.com/farm-events/18th-annual-roseboom-antique-power-days

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 28

Parade of Legends

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PARADE – 6 p.m. Following awards presentation, Hall of Famers ride trucks down Main Street to special reception at Baseball Hall of Fame. Staging on Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org

ZUMBATHON – 1 – 4 p.m. Zumbathon, vendor fair to benefit Days For Girls, helping girls stay in school. Cost, $10/adult. Greater Plains Elementary School, 60 West End Ave., Oneonta. 607-643-8209 or visit www.facebook.com/Days-for-Girls-Unadilla-NY-Team-136991406948185/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 22

Oneonta Restaurants:

Remembering The Favorites

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SUNDAY SERIES – 1 – 3 p.m. Learn about “Oneonta’s Restaurants: Memories of Former Favorites” with Big Chuck and Leslie Ann. Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta.

TRIBUTE – 5:30 p.m. Celebrate our veterans with Eric Owens performing anthems such as “Over There,” “We’ll Meet Again,” “Goodnight Saigon,” more. Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org/events/over-there-with-eric-owens/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 21

Deowongo Island Day

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SUMMER PICNIC – Noon – 3 p.m. Day of summer fun featuring food, party barge rides to Deowongo Island, live music. Bakers Beach, St. Hwy. 28, Richfield Springs. 607-547-2366 or visit www.otsegolandtrust.org/the-news/programs-a-events/420-deowongo-island-day-clia-picnic-july-21

DANCE PARTY – 6 – 10 p.m. Back to the 80’s with cover band “Flux Capacitor.” Includes snacks, beer, wine, soft drinks. Cost, $25. Proceeds to Greater Oneonta Historical Society building fund. Deer Haven Campground, 180 Deer Haven Ln., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaHistory/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 1

Springfield Appreciation,

Season Preview Concert

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PREVIEW – 3 p.m. Concert previewing the 2018 season. Benefit for Springfield Center 4th of July Committee. Tickets available at Country Memories, Tom & Kelly’s. Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy 80, Cooperstown. Call 315-858-2691 or visit glimmerglass.org/events/springfield-appreciation-concert/

ANTI-RENT WAR – 2 p.m. Enjoy performances by the Templeton Players depicting the Anti-Rent Movement. Included with museum admission. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/rent-wars

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 9

Otsego Lake Marathon

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RACE THE LAKE – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Race around the lake includes classes for 26.2 mile, 13.1 mile, 5K races. All races end together at Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2018-race-the-lake-marathon-half-marathon/

KNIT DAY – 1:30 – 3 p.m. Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day with the HML Yarn Club. Knitters, Crocheters of all skill levels welcome. Huntington Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 19

Visit With History

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CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT – 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Experience a civil war encampment with the 125th and 61st New York Regiments. Includes Civil War weaponry, tactics, drills, and firing demonstrations. Also a concert and a battle reenactment. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-5098 or visit hydehall.org/event/civil-war-weekend/

HOPS FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn and celebrate the local history of hops in the Cooperstown area. Includes family friendly activities, an exhibit, visiting with the tradesmen to learn how hops were incorporated into daily life. There will be opportunities to brew and taste craft bears. Finish the day with some food and drink with your friends on the Bump tavern green. Tickets, $12 adults, $10.50 seniors, $6 juniors. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. www.farmersmuseum.org/Hopsego

10 Local Brews Sampled At 6th Ward Tasting Event

10 Local Brews Sampled

At 6th Ward Tasting Event

Todd Snelson, Oneonta, above, left, pours glasses of his New York Maple Imperial Pilsner for Robin Haddock, Judy Tator and April Gates at a tasting event Saturday to raise funds for the Sixth Ward Athletic Club. The event featured 10 locally brewed beers made especially for the event by the Homebrewers of Oneonta Proper Society (HOPS).  Matthew Brown, right, Oneonta, won first place in both the Public vote and the Brewer’s vote for his American lager. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAR. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAR. 19

Hops In Otsego County

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PROGRAM – 3 p.m. “Otsego County Hops – Our History, Our Future” with Al Bullard and Ian Porto. Village meeting room, Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info,  www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

SENIOR PLAY – 2 p.m. “Miss Nelson is Missing.” Admission, $10 adults, $5 student/senior citizens. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

110 Hop-Growing Aficionados Tour Sites Of County Revival

110 Hop-Growing Aficionados

Tour Sites Of County Revival

Upstate's "Mr. Hops," Madison County Cooperative Extension Agent Steve Miller, demonstrates using a baler at the first stop of today's hops tour, Northern Eagle Beverage on Railroad Avenue, Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Upstate’s “Mr. Hops,” Madison County Cooperative Extension Agent Steve Miller, demonstrates using a baler at the first stop of today’s hops tour, Northern Eagle Beverage on Railroad Avenue, Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

 

Lou Hager III answers tour members' questions at the Hager Hops yard in Pierstown.  At left is his sister Alicia, a partner in this venture.
Lou Hager III answers tour members’ questions at the Hager Hops yard in Pierstown. At left is his sister Alicia, a partner in this venture.

ONEONTA – Otsego County’s reputation as a hops-growing hub was further fertilized today at 110 hops growers, prospective hops growers and people interested in the revival of the historic local crop toured sites from Oneonta to Pierstown.

Another 30 people tried to register for the Northeast Hops Alliance’s annual Field Day, but couldn’t be accommodated, said Alycia Schick, a staffer with the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service.  A smaller tour is contemplated to accommodate those people.

The tour, led by Upstate’s “Mr. Hops,” Steve Miller, the cooperative extension agent, based in Morrisville, who has been a key organizer and information resource for the Central New York hops revival, began at Northern Eagle Beverage in Oneonta and stopped for lunch at the Cooperstown Brewery in Milford, where Northern Eagle’s hops harvester, the first in the county was examined.

After a visit to Brewery Ommegang’s experimental hops plot — a couple of dozen varieties are being test-grown — the tour finished at Hager Hops in Pierstown, where 10 acres of the crop have been planted this summer.

Harvesters Turn County Into Hops Farming Hub

Harvesters Turn County Into Hops Farming Hub

By JIM KEVLIN

Two flatbeds from Harbor Freight Transport, Port Newark, N.J., arrived at the Cooperstown Brewing Co. here shortly before noon Monday, June 23, with the final pieces of the foundation needed to revive the crop that created Otsego County’s greatest period of prosperity.

Hops, that is.

The final pieces are two refurbished Wolf Harvesters, purchased in April and imported from Poland for Hager’s Hops, owned by Anheuser-Busch heir Lou Hager Jr. of Cooperstown and affiliated with his Oneonta distributorship, Northern Eagle Beverage.

“This is exactly what farmers here have to have,”  said George Allen, Northern Eagle president, who was at the scene and has been Hager’s point man, not just with the recent acquisition of Cooperstown Brewing, but in the development of a 200-plant hops farm in Pierstown.

The harvesters complete the circle – from hops growing, to harvesting, to pelletizing, to brewing.

Farmers have started growing hops in earnest again since the state’s Farm Brewery Act of 2012, among other things, required that 90 percent of ingredients used in local microbreweries must be grown in-state by 2022. Today, 20 percent of the ingredients must come from New York; in 2018, that rises to 60 percent.

Hops, however, are time consuming to harvest. The Wolf Harvesters, available on a contract basis, can harvest 170 “binds” – strings of hops – per hour, and the harvested seed cones can then be pelletized at Northern Eagle’s current plant on Railroad Avenue in Oneonta, Allen said. That’s 10 pounds of “wet hops” per bind, which dry to 2.5 pounds.
Northern Eagle is breaking ground on a new distributorship and plant in West Oneonta in the next few weeks, the executive said, where additional space will be set aside for processing hops.

Pelletizing preserves the hops so they can be stored and used by breweries as needed; otherwise, the fresh hops must be immediately used in beer’s manufacture, impractical for breweries.

“Last week has been a big turning point for hops growing in New York State,” said Allen. In addition to the two Milford harvesters, two others were installed: at Climbing Bines near Penn Yan and Mosher Farms, Bouckville. Until now, there have only been two contract harvesters – one at Madison County Cooperative Extension in Morrisville, the other on Long Island.

Steve “Mr. Hops” Miller, the Madison County extension agent who assisted Hager in obtaining the harvesters, said that, for optimal results, the hops vines should be at the harvester within 45 minutes, so “we’re nowhere near flooding the market.” There are companies in New York State that are developing mobile harvesters, he added.
George Allen said he has contacted 20 hops farms as far away as Long Island and Buffalo, lining up business for the Milford harvesters.

The Farm Brewery Act, Miller noted, only applies to microbreweries, defined as producing 60,000 barrels a year. “Ommegang is at the upper end,” he said. Anheuser-Busch, which brews near Syracuse, plus the Genesee Brewing Co., Rochester, and Matt’s Brewing, Utica, are thus exempt.

NeHA, the Northeast Hops Alliance, is collaborating with Hager Hops, planning an open house at the Pierstown hops yard on Aug. 2.

Hager Hops Installs Harvester At Cooperstown Brewery Site

Hager Hops Installs Harvester

At Cooperstown Brewery Site

Ron Ross of Ken Ross Excavating, Town of Maryland, lowers one of two Wolf Harvesters at the Cooperstown Brewery at noon today.  For the first time, hops farmers will be able to have their crops processed locally, and then pelletized at Northern Eagle Beverage on Oneonta.  GM George Allen said the machines' arrive from Poland will bring hops-growing into the modern era. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Ron Ross (in cab) of Ken Ross Excavating, Town of Maryland, lowers one of two Wolf Harvesters at the Cooperstown Brewery at noon today. For the first time, hops farmers will be able to have their crops processed locally, and then pelletized at Northern Eagle Beverage on Oneonta. GM George Allen said the machines’ arrive from Poland will bring hops-growing into the modern era. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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