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Hop Harvest Festival

The Germans in Western New York played a major role in shaping the history of the Genesee Country, and the foundation of our current local craft beer movement by introducing hops.

While beer was generally flavored and preserved with a mixture of fruit and spices, the bitterness of the hops proved a perfect balance for the sweetness of the malt. Soon the early brewers discovered that the beer containing hops had better keeping qualities than their “unhopped” products.

By the mid-19th century, growing hops—a perennial that can grow two feet a week—was big business in New York State. It was the state’s main cash crop before the Civil War, and by the end of the century, New York was providing 90% of the nation’s supply.


Experience a heritage festival like no other! Set within a reconstructed 19th-century village, it's the perfect ambience for the following activities:

Savor tastings of authentic foods throughout the village

Watch as villagers brew beer using 19th-century traditions


Performances by regional artists in the Exhibition Barn.


Food & Shopping


German brats, Fat Ox and Intrepid Ale, and homemade pretzels baked by the museum's historic cooks will be available for purchase!

Shop at the Flint Hill Store, Village Mercantile and visit specialty vendors! Vendor space is still available. If you are interested in being part of Hops Harvest, please email for more information.

Purchase TicketsPurchase Tickets

  • Adult - $22.00

  • Senior Citizen (62+) - $19.00

  • College Student (w/ ID) - $19.00

  • Youth (4-18) - $14.00

  • Child (3 and younger) - FREE!

No tickets will be sent through the mail. Please print the email confirmation that you receive after placing your order; it will serve as your ticket at the door.

There are no refunds for special event tickets.