For years, the annual Madison County Hop Festival has celebrated the area’s rich history of hop-growing, and, by extension, beer brewing.
The present is finally catching up to the history.
When this year’s hop fest gets under way this weekend – Good Nature Brewing Co. in Hamilton – and two more in the planning stages that should open in 2014.
All three have, or will have, state licenses that let them operate as a “farm brewery,” a new designation that offers tax incentives and other benefits to brewers who use New York state-sourced ingredients, including barley and hops. The amount of New York ingredients required to keep the benefits increases over time.
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