Meet The Lion’s Share, a collaboration with Nine Pin Cider

And now for something completely different: The Lion’s Share. our very first cider collaboration. We have teamed up with Albany, NY-based Nine Pin Cider Works, New York’s FIRST farm cidery, to create a new style of cider that combines locally grown apples and our signature house yeast.


Nine Pin crafts The Lion’s Share from a farmhouse blend of apples sourced from Samascott Orchards in Columbia County, and ferments with our Belgian yeast. The result is a Belgian-style cider with a smooth mouth feel and complex fruit and spice notes.

Nine Pin’s co-founder and cider maker Alejandro del Peral says: “We’re excited to finally release this incredible collaboration between Nine Pin and Brewery Ommegang. The Lion’s Share represents what two New York craft producers can do together in pursuit of establishing the Empire State as the leader in the craft beverage revolution.”

Our brewmaster Phil Leinhart says: “It’s very exciting to collaborate with Nine Pin on something totally different. Our house yeast brings such interesting tastes and aromas to “barley juice” that I can’t wait to see what it does with “apple juice”!

The Lion’s Share is 5.9% ABV and will be sold in 12 oz. cans only at Nine Pin and Cafe Ommegang.

If you’re in the Albany-area, you can try The Lion’s Share at Cider and Sliders on 8/4. BCTC-goers will also have the opportunity to try it at this weekend’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival.


Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2016: Breweries and Beers

Hello hello! Belgium is Coming to Cooperstown in just a few days and we now have all the brewery and beer information ready to share with you. Thanks for your patience while we compiled the list!

This year you’ll have the opportunity to sample 400 beers from 113 breweries! Brewery list image

You can view the beer list by clicking here: BCTC 2016 Beer List

Remember to sample safely and responsibly! Hydrate with water throughout the day (H2Ommegang is available for free throughout the grounds) and let EMS or Wescott Security know if you’re feeling less than 100%. Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

The Lumineers: General Admission Information

Hello, friends!

July 30 is going to be an amazing day at Brewery Ommegang as we welcome The Lumineers with very special guest Langhorne Slim & The Law plus Rayland Baxter to the brewery stage. Our friends at Dan Smalls Presents recently sent an email to ticket holders to share important concert information. Below is that very same important information about our unique venue that will help you plan your day and make it more enjoyable. Please read it thoroughly.

*please note that times are subject to change*
3:00 pm – Parking lots open for all ticket holders
4:00 pm – Will Call opens
5:00 pm – Main Gates Open
Ticketing questions should be directed to your place of purchase:
Front Gate Tickets:

All parking is free! Brewery Ommegang’s event parking lot opens at 3:00 pm.

Space is limited. Carpooling is recommended and encouraged! 

All concert goers must arrive to the brewery via County Road 33 FROM THE SOUTH and make a right hand turn into the venue.  No vehicles traveling from the north will be admitted into the parking lot.  

parking map

When the brewery lot is full, all traffic will be directed to the satellite parking lot located at Wood Bull Antiques on Route 28.  Shuttle buses will run constantly to and from the brewery for this short trip.

There is absolutely no parking on the side of the road.  Cars will be towed immediately. RVs of any kind are NOT ALLOWED in any event parking areas.

The address for Brewery Ommegang is 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown NY 13326.
The address for the satellite parking lot at Wood Bull Antiques is 3920 Route 28, Milford NY 13807.

Please remember that the brewery is closed to the public on event days. We’ll open at 11:00 am on Sunday for regular service: tours, tastings, store, cafe.

There is no reentry to the concert area unless you are camping at the brewery. Camping passes are sold out and no upgrades will be available at the gate. 

Our staff and volunteers are very friendly. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need help. Our security personnel are highly trained and there are EMTs on site for your assistance.

Brewery Ommegang is an outdoor venue. Please plan for the weather. The event is rain or shine! You’re welcome to bring chairs and blankets to sit on at the show.

No outside food or beverage is allowed in the concert area. These items are allowed in the camping area. There will be many varieties of food for sale by Brewery Ommegang and additional independent vendors. There are options for vegetarians, etc. There are ATMs on site. Performers and Brewery Ommegang will be selling merchandise.

No open flames (i.e. no charcoal or propane grills, no campfires) are allowed anywhere on the grounds, including the camping area and the parking area.

No alcohol may be consumed by persons less than 21 years of age. Non-adherence will result in removal from event grounds.

No pets except certified assistance animals. Paperwork may be required.

Please do not bring any weapons, explosives, or illicit substances into the concert area.

Please respect our property and staff. Anyone caught damaging property or buildings, or being abusive to any of our concert staff (volunteers included) will be removed from the property. There will be no exceptions.

Our staff reserves the right to cut off alcohol service to any individual that appears to be intoxicated. This is at the discretion of the servers.

Only vendors licensed with Brewery Ommegang and with NYS are allowed to set up and sell at Ommegang events. No exceptions.

When it comes to alcohol, please know your limits. Brewery Ommegang beers are strong. Please drink in moderation and savor the flavor while knowing when to stop.

We take underage drinking very seriously and anyone breaking the rules will be asked to leave.

And please… please DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. We would be happy to call anyone a taxi or even drive you home safely. We care about your safety and hope you will respect yourselves and others by having a designated driver to keep our roads safe. Need a taxi? All-Star Taxi – (607)267-1834

The beverage list for the show is Witte, Rare Vos, Nirvana IPA, and Hopstate, and gluten-free Nine Pin Hard Cider. 

More than 50 United Way volunteers will man the beer tent at the show to pour beer for tips. Tips donated will go directly to United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties. United Way programs address areas such as health, financial stability, and education of local children and families. Learn more about

We look forward to seeing a sold out crowd at the show and hope everyone has a safe, fun, and memorable time!


RV Road Trip 2016

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter then you’ve probably seen a bunch of posts lately about our 2016 RV Road Trip across New York State. That tour kicked off today and will continue all week as we visit cities from Buffalo to Long Island, sampling beer, giving away merchandise and talking about the NYS hops industry.

The western leg will visit Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca and Owsego, and Utica. The southern leg will visit select cities on Long Island, in Northern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley, Albany, and Oneonta. The dates for both legs of the trip are July 11-15 and below you can find the schedule for each city in the images below.

Along the way, our teams will visit NYS hop farms, restaurants, city hot spots, farmer’s markets, and well-known NYS sites while sampling out beer to customers and sharing information about the local hops industry. Hopstate NY 2016, an amber rye ale brewed with 100% NYS-grown hops, will be the star libation of the trip, and will be sampled out to consumers age 21+ at a variety of locations along the routes. The teams are also packing the RV with loads of free Ommegang gear to share with friends they meet along the way.

If you’re stopping in a city near you, come out and see us to share a beer and swap stories about your city! Be sure to take a photo of the RV and the team and tag it with #OmmegangRV2016 for a chance to win a prize from our friends at Big Green Egg!

Hope to see you out there!


RV Trip Schedule South

RV Trip Schedule West


Meet Hopstate NY 2016

Ommegang Hopstate NY 2016 Bottle 12oz

Hi, friends!

Exciting news! Hopstate NY is back this year with a brand new recipe to showcase the amazing work that NYS hop farmers are doing. This is the second year that we’re brewed a beer with 100% NYS grown hops! Hopstate NY is available now at the brewery store and will be available throughout New York State in early July. If you live outside NY, we’re sorry we aren’t distributing in your area but we’d love to have you visit us this summer so you can give this new beer a try.

Ommegang Debuts Hopstate NY 2016 – Brand New Beer; Same Great Cause
Brewery continues commitment to raise awareness for NYS Hops and its farmers

Brewery Ommegang, located in Brew Central, is once again shining the spotlight on local hop farmers with its 2016 edition of Hopstate NY, an all-NYS hops beer. Brewed in tribute and to raise awareness for local hop farmers breathing life back into the state’s hop industry, this year’s Hopstate NY is an American amber ale brewed with rye, and of course, a healthy amount of hops exclusively sourced from Empire State farmers. The beer will be available on draft and in six-packs, starting in early July.

The release of the new brew will be supported through tastings at farmer’s markets around the state, and the second annual Ommegang RV Tour, set to visit cities from Buffalo to Syracuse and Albany to NYC during the month. Just as in 2015, there will also be educational seminars and presentations on the New York State hops initiative across the region and as far as Washington D.C. – at Savor, a national beer and food celebration put on annually by the Brewer’s Association. These are conducted in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and their hop advisers who counsel farmers across the state on best practices and manage a varietal research yard at Ommegang.

 “Hopstate NY is a beer everyone at the brewery is extraordinarily passionate about,” says Ommegang’s Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe, who developed this year’s recipe. “For me personally, it is very special as our 2016 version is a vastly different take on showcasing New York hops. It’s an American amber ale by style, but breaking from tradition and expectation, we added copious amounts of the finest NY State Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops we could find. I think people are really going to enjoy our take – it’s citrusy and spicy, while being very refreshing.”

The hop industry has deep roots in NY which was the epicenter of hops production in the United States in the 1800s, producing 80% of the country’s hops. Last fall, Ommegang, which is located on the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY, purchased one ton of New York State-grown and processed hops. The hops were used to brew not only Hopstate NY but were also used in Fleur de Houblon, Ommegang’s summer ale. This is the second year in which Ommegang has purchased local hops for both experimental brews, and local and nationwide releases.

At 5.6% ABV, Hopstate NY pours a deep amber hue with a persistent white head. The hopping is almost entirely late-addition, and with two rounds of dry-hopping in fermentation, the beer has bright aromas of citrus and melon. The flavor is citrusy with a bit of sweet honey and caramel from the malt. Moderate bitterness of the taste is of citrus and tangerine with a slight pine resin presence. The finish is a pleasantly lingering resinous hop finish with a touch of sweet malt. Hopstate NY pairs well with grilled, fried, or roast chicken, spicy foods, pizza, and burgers.

This year, Hopstate NY will only be available in New York but as the local hop industry grows, Hopstate NY may expand to new states, symbolizing its rebirth and vitality. Hopstate NY will be available next month in 12oz. six-packs for the suggested retail price of $13.99. Ommegang’s website offers a beer finder for locating retailers by zip code.