OCHS Presentation: “When Hops Returned to Oneida County”

By Cindy McNicholl

Longtime Bridgewater resident Earl Allen will describe the vibrant Mohawk Valley hops and brewing industries at the Oneida County Historical Society on Saturday, January 21.

Mr. Allen’s program starts at 1:00PM and will take place in the society’s main exhibit gallery.

From the 1820s until the coming of Prohibition, Oneida County was one of the world’s leading suppliers of hops for the making of beer. As a result, the area surrounding the rich hops fields of southern Oneida County was marked with many small- and medium-sized breweries.

Following the end of Prohibition in 1933 some hops farming did return to the area, primarily due to the leadership of Alfred Baer of Continental Grain of Chicago. Mr. Allen’s talk will focus on the post-Prohibition era of hops farming and what it meant to the Mohawk Valley.

The Oneida County Historical Society is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution and is dedicated to preserving the history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley.

Admission to this program is $2.00 for the general public and free for OCHS members and children ages 5 and under.

Please contact the society at 735-3642 or visit the OCHS website ( or page for additional information.

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