Saranac Hop Harvest


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Join us for our fourth annual Saranac Hop Harvest.  It’s time to have another good old-fashioned, hop pickin’ hootenanny!

The Event:

On Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1-5PM we’re inviting our friends of Saranac (that means you) to help us harvest the hops at Wrobel Farms. When we’re done picking, our brewers will prepare the hops for brewing, and you’ll stay at the Farm and hang with us as Fred cooks some hot dogs on the grill.  Of course we’ll toast to a job well done with some cold Saranac, too!

If you want to be part of our Saranac Hop Harvest, and say you helped brew a locally hopped Saranac Beer, be ready to get your hands dirty, and click this link.

The Beer:

This year, the hops from the event will go towards making a new Saranac Beer this fall. We’re still ironing out the details, but we can tell you this: it will be local, it will be amber and it will be, you guessed it…hoppy!

And a little history:

In the 1800’s and 1900’s, our family traditionally used local hop farms for ingredients to brew our famous award-winning beers.  When Nick Matt was a child, he remembers his grandfather, F.X. Matt, visiting farms every Sunday to pick out and purchase his hops for the week.  One of these popular hop farms originally owned by the Shaul Family, is still in existence today.  Founded in the 1860’s, this hop farm was later purchased by the Hittleman family to supply their Brewery, Edelbrew, in Brooklyn, NY.

Currently owned by Jim Wrobel of Wrobel Farms, this farm, which is right outside of Utica, in Bridgewater, NY, is equipped with an original hop kiln, and is blooming with hops!  A rich background in growing and harvesting these delicate flowers is what enticed us to explore the idea of brewing with local hops.  There is already a deep connection since the farm dates back to the late 1860s, not far from when F.X. Matt founded our brewery in 1888. It has always been our goal to brew beer using as many local ingredients as possible.  With these hops grown less than 20 miles from the Brewery, we’re going to be able to continue to support another local business while brewing our beer.

On Sunday, August 28th, 2011, we held our first ever Saranac Hop Harvest and picked about 180 pounds of locally grown hops for our first ever New York State Wet Hop IPA. The beer received rave reviews from our consumers, and we certainly had a fun day of picking.  Since then this yearly event has been a hit, with Saranac fans from traveling from all over the northeast to pick hops with us.

We hope you can come share this special day with us!

YES, SIGN ME UP! (Click here to register for the event.)



  1. Ryan Meenan says:

    Just wondering if there is a registry for the hop harvest or if i should just show up at the farm

  2. Shannon says:

    My husband and I were looking to sign up we live up the road from this it seriously already closed out for August 25th?

    • Saranac says:

      Shannon, you’re welcome to come! Just let us know at entry that you haven’t registered because we will need you both to sign a release form.

      • Jacqueline says:

        I was going to register my brother to come with me, can he register when we get there?

        • Saranac says:

          Unfortunately, we are now at max capacity and due to safety reasons, we can not allow any unregistered guests or any guests to register at the site.

  3. Ellie says:

    My brother-in-law will unexpected be in town this weekend, do you mind if we bring one extra?

    • Saranac says:

      Ellie, unfortunately, we are at max capacity and due to safety reasons, we can not allow any unregistered guests.

  4. Judy Molnar says:

    Thank you for the awesome time hop harvesting, great experience! Can’t wait to try the beer in September! Looking forward to next year!

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