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Enjoy a bonus hour of fun on Monday; the museum will be open until 5 pm.

FREE admissions for GCV&M neighbors residing in Mumford, Caledonia, LeRoy, Scottsville and Churchville with driver's license or a utility bill with the applicable zip code  (14423, 14428, 14482, 14511 and 14546).

Museum members - bring two guests in free for Share-the-Museum Day!

Hop Harvest Festival & German Heritage Day

Hop Harvest Festival & German Heritage Day

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.

On Labor Day Monday, harken back to the days when hop growing was king with this family celebration of hop crops, brewing and local German heritage. Live music and dancing all day. Barrel rolls, sack races and special tastings of craft beer in the Historic Village. Enjoy German foods and help harvest our hops, then relax with a glass of craft beer or cider. And don’t miss as we demonstrate the 19th-century beer-making process in our brewery, along with special food tastings in our village kitchens. Families welcome, fun for all ages!

Hop Harvest Sponsors: Brach Machine Inc.,North American Breweries

Beer offerings include Genesee Brew House IPA, Stout and Grüngeist Ale for $3 per bottle on the village square, while supplies last.

Also on tap from CB Craft Brewers are samples and full pours of Caged Alpha Monkey IPA, Makumba Double IPA, Bonobo Session IPA, Harvest Jack Pumpkin Ale, GCV&M Fax Ox Ale, and GCV&M Intrepid Ale. Full pours are $6.50 a pint, plus tax.

We are also pleased to be offering samples and full pours of Young Lion IPA and Young Lion Mexican Lager, Empire Deep Purple, and Saranac Octoberfest. Full pours are $6.50 a pint, plus tax.

Tastings for most of the beers are available at Grieve's Brewery.

Also on hand from OSB Ciderworks are GCV&M Flint & Steel Bourbon Barrel Cider, Little Lakes, and Blueberry.

Please remember, you must be 21 or older to consume alcohol.

Live Music and Dance Performances

Immerse yourself in traditional German culture with live music by regional bands and dance performances throughout the day. The performance schedule is as follows:

Great Meadow
Alphorn Society of Upstate NY: 10:30 AM; 12:45 PM and 3:15 PM

Exhibition Barn
Enzian Bavarian: 10-11 AM and 11:45 AM – 1 PM
Heidengold Dancers: 11 AM and 2 PM
Krazy Firemen: 1-2 PM and 2:45-4 PM

A Taste of the Old Country

Sample an array of authentic food. Visit Hosmer’s Inn in our Historic Village for a luncheon of bratwurst, sauerkraut, salt potatoes and beer bread. Try our “ploughman’s platter” featuring a selection of meats and cheese, homemade bread and museum-grown heirloom grapes served in Exhibition Barn. In the mood for just a snack? Visit the Confectionery to soothe your sweet tooth, or Pretzel Gretel for a salty nosh.

Wash it all down with Fat Ox Ale, Intrepid Ale, or Flint & Steel Bourbon Barrel Cider, all brewed using historic recipes. Not a beer fan? Stop by Schulze Vineyards & Winery in the Exhibition Barn for tastings. Wine by the glass and bottle will be available.

Harvesting the Hops...and more!

Help our historic farmers and gardeners bring in the harvest with hands-on hop-picking. After you’ve worked up a thirst stop by any of our beer tasting tents throughout the village to try products from local brewers, including Genesee Brewing Co. and Original Stumpblower Ciderworks.

Other featured activities include tours of Grieve’s Brewery and an overview of the beer-making process, cooking demonstrations using beer in our historic kitchens, barrel rolling and sack races, and medicinal and domestic uses for hops culminating with the hops party dance!

Don't miss special guest Barb Koehler, Assistant to the City Historian, for her 2pm presentation on German genealogical roots in Rochester.

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.