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What better way to spend Labor Day than with all things hops? Follow the journey of hops, one of New York State’s original cash crops, from field to brewery to pint glass. There will be tastings, food, and music all day, so kick back with one of GCV&M’s signature ales, and enjoy this last hurrah to summer!

Harken back to the days when hop growing was king with this family celebration of hop crops and brewing. 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. 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.


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Harvesting the hops...and more!

Help harvest fresh hops and tour the only working 19th-century brewery in the United States. Sample brews created from historic recipes; Fat Ox Ale and Intrepid Ale as well as Flint and Steele Cider at the GCV&M food tent on the Village Square. Stop by our historic kitchens for tastings of hop-inspired snacks, our famous sauerkraut and steak and ale pie. Delight in the simple pleasures of barrel rolling, sack races and a three legged race. Make a hop scented sweet bag to promote relaxation and watch colors turn as we dye with hops! Enjoy traditional Germanic activities such as German dancing and the melodious music of the Alphorns! Families welcome; fun for all ages! Members, of course, are free.

You must be age 21+ to consume alcohol. Please bring ID.

Don't Want to Drive? We've Got You Covered!

Visitors joining us from Buffalo & Batavia can hop on our shuttle and get a ride to and from the Museum for the day for just $10!

Bus Schedule:
- Buffalo Pick-up: 10:00am, AAA Office, 100 International Dr, Williamsville, NY
- Batavia Pick-up: 10:45am, Batavia Downs Parking Lot
- Museum Drop-off: 11:15am, Admissions
- Museum Pick-up: 3:30pm, Admissions
- Batavia Drop-off: 4:00pm, Batavia Downs Parking Lot
- Buffalo Drop-off: 4:45pm, AAA Office, 100 International Dr, Williamsville, NY

If you would like a seat on the shuttle, you can click here to reserve your spot!

$2 Off Discounted Pre-Sale Only Pricing:

$20.00 Adults, $17.00 Seniors, $17.00 College Students, $12 Youth (4-17), FREE Youth (3 and under)

All GCV&M members are FREE

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  • Adult - $20.00

  • Senior Citizen - $17.00

  • College Students - $17.00

  • Youth (4-18) - $12.00

  • Child (3 and younger) - FREE!

No tickets will be sent through the mail. The email confirmation you receive after placing your order acts as your ticket; please print it out or show it on your phone at Admissions. There are no refunds for reservation-only events. We accept all major credit cards, except American Express.