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About Us

Our Story Begins...

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Matt and Terry Centofante put in the inaugural crop.

Research Work in Lublin, Poland

Headed to Poland to purchase harvesting equipment and gain the knowledge of generations of hoppers.

Headed to Poland to purchase harvesting equipment and gain the knowledge of generations of hop growers.

Quality Control In the Field

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Employing IPM system of scouting and sampling as a New York State Grown & Certified Producer.

About Us

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Located on Cemetery Hill road in Oneonta NY, Hilltop Hops & Barley Co, Inc. sits on land that was once part of the historic hop yards of Otsego County, New York.  In the hop heydays of the late 1800s, “the Otsego County hop was considered the best of America, and the equal of any in the world”. The hops of Otsego county were ideal for the comeback of the New York State Hops farming industry.

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Established in 2014, the Hilltop Hops Team of Terry and Matt Centofante, began researching the hop industry and  developed a business plan.  Their first Cascade hop plants went into the ground in 2015. Additional, smaller quantities of hop varieties of Newport and Fuggle were planted. A total of 5 acres of hops were planted that year.  Family and friends gathered to harvest their crop and processed approximately 100 pounds of hops. Home brewers enjoyed that year’s harvest.  In 2016, the farm purchased a small hop harvester and began fabrication of an Oast. In 2017, an additional 10 acres of rhizomes and plants of 7 varieties know to be disease resistant in the northeast were planted.  Even with the small harvests from 2 years of plantings, the Team realized that speeding up the processing of their crop would be necessary for a successful, profitable hop yard.   

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Together with Farm Manager Adam Dulkas, Terry and Matt traveled to Poland in search of a Wolf Harvester. They also went to learn hop processing from generations of farmers in Lublin, Poland.  The year 2018 was one of major construction.  The Wolf Harvestor arrived in a thousand pieces that had to be put together like a jigsaw puzzle.  The state of the art Oast was designed and built. Refrigeration was installed.  In 2019, 15 acres of excellent quality hops were harvested and are now available for purchase by brewers around Otsego County and beyond.

Wolf Harvester

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Hilltop Hops & Barley

309 Cemetery Hill Road, Oneonta, New York 13820, United States

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