Ray Brothers BBQ in Bouckville, New York is getting ready for the fifth annual Hop Harvest Smoke Out, set to take place on September 1 at The Yard Amphitheater. The event that began as a small party behind the restaurant has turned into a daylong festival featuring vendors, multiple stages and well-known regional musicians. The Hop Harvest Smoke Out also offers hops and beer demonstrations from local farmers and much more.
In celebration of the event’s fifth year, the first 50 people through the door will receive a commemorative pint glass and their first beer will be on the house. The RBQ food truck will be set up outside serving items from the menu, the inside bar will be open with beer, wine and spirits, and the outdoor bar will be open for canned and draft beer. In addition to food and drink, The Hamilton Hop Mission will be onsite sharing educational talks about their homegrown hops. Attendees will have the opportunity to add fresh hops to their draft beer. Craft and merchandise vendors include artisan jewelry by Courtney Elise Handmade and wood burned designs by Shady Grove Burns.
The musical guests for the fifth annual Hop Harvest Smoke Out include Root Shock, Sophistafunk, and Chris Eves and the New Normal, all hailing from Syracuse, and The Old Main from Utica. Root Shock is a high-energy roots, soul and reggae group with conscious, uplifting lyrics. Also with an energizing and uplifting vibe, Sophistafunk brings a unique combination of hip hop, funk and jam music to the stage. Chris Eves and the New Normal blurs the lines between rock, funk, blues and jam. Utica’s Old Main has been compared to The Avett Brothers, The Band and other greats in the Americana genre while making the sound all their own.
The event is all ages and kids 12 and under get in for free. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and get comfortable. This event will happen rain or shine. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. They can be purchased at the door or online. Doors are at 3 pm.