European Beer Star Competition 2015


EBSWe’re happy to announce that two of our beers won gold medals at the European Beer Star Competition this fall! Both Abbey Ale and Gnomegang won top honors in their respective categories. Take a look at the press release below for details about the competition.

Brewery Ommegang is honored to have received a pair of gold medals at the prestigious European Beer Star Competition this fall. The European Beer Star Competition judged 1,957 beers from 45 countries and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for 55 categories. Abbey Ale won gold for Belgian-style dubbel and Gnomegang won gold for Belgian-style tripel. In 2012 in the same competition, Abbey Ale won silver and Gnomegang won gold in their respective categories.

Abbey Ale was the first beer ever brewed by Ommegang. Spiced with sweet orange peel, coriander, cumin, star anise, and licorice root, Abbey Ale’s subtle aromas and flavors coupled with its excellent cellaring qualities have made the beer a fan favorite for 18 years. Gnomegang has been part of the Ommegang lineup since 2010 when the magic gnomes from Brasserie d’Achouffe in Belgium brought their spicy yeast to the United States as a gift for our brewers to experiment with. The result was Gnomegang, a unique, flavorful, aromatic dose of well-balanced magic in a glass.

“It’s very exciting to have one of our newest core beers – Gnomegang – and our first beer – Abbey Ale – recognized with these awards,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Ommegang.  “It’s a testament to the fantastic team that we have at Ommegang ensuring that our quality and consistency remains top notch. I am extremely proud and appreciative of the honor.

The European Beer Star Competition was established in 2003, and is reserved for beers brewed in styles that originated in Europe. Brewers from all over the world may submit their beers and the competition awards gold, silver, and bronze honors to beers which best fulfill the criteria of the respective styles and that have impressive taste and quality.

Both Abbey Ale and Gnomegang are available in 12oz four-packs, 750ml corked and caged bottles, and on draft throughout Ommegang’s 43-state distribution footprint.

Meet Lovely, Dark and Deep

We have a new beer heading to stores this week! Lovely, Dark and Deep, an oatmeal stout, is our new winter seasonal. The press release below has all the details including ingredients and pairing suggestions.

P.S. For you Adoration lovers, don’t fret. We love Adoration too and we haven’t lost the recipe.


Ommegang’s adds a touch of frost to new winter seasonalOmmegang Lovely Dark and Deep

For the next few months, there will be plenty of snow-filled woods by which to stop and ponder in Ommegang’s Upstate New York, Cooperstown home. It only seemed fitting therefore to seek inspiration from Robert Frost’s famous poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” when name-storming monikers for the brewery’s new winter-warmer seasonal. Lovely, Dark and Deep, an oatmeal stout, is set to reach retail in early November.

“Winter is lengthy in Upstate New York and we wanted to brew a beer that we could enjoy throughout the long, cold months,” says Mike McManus, Ommegang’s Innovation Manager. “Lovely, Dark, and Deep not only reflects well the nature of our winters here, but also the beer. At 5.3% ABV the second follows easily after the first, while the chocolate, roast, and coffee characters provide enough to explore. It should be perfect during, or after, a day of winter fun.”

Lovely, Dark and Deep pours deep black with a tan, creamy mousse-like head. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee with cream, coupled with subtle notes of chocolate and dark fruit from Ommegang’s house yeast prevail. Flavors of rich chocolate milk, and coffee and cream are impeccably balanced with restrained sweetness and hints of roastiness. The finish is silky smooth with a medium to full body.

Brewed with a rich blend of malts including chocolate malt, midnight wheat, and flaked oats, and given a small addition of lactose, Lovely, Dark and Deep has a hint of sweetness and a smooth body. The beer is hopped with Bravo and Styrian Golding hops and Ommegang’s signature house yeast is used in both primary and secondary fermentation.

Lovely, Dark and Deep is the perfect beer to pair with a light meal by a hot, crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. Cozy up and watch the flames while you pair sips with aged cheddar, a hunk of dark bread with natural sweetness like pumpernickel, and slices of cold meats, like rare roast beef, with stone ground mustard. Or even, with some roasted chestnuts.  Four-packs of 12 oz. bottles and draft will be available across Ommegang’s 43-state distribution area.

2016 Release Calendar

Our team has some exciting and delicious news to share: our 2016 Release Calendar!

We plan to debut at least eight brand new beers next year. It’s important to note that dates and releases are subject to change and that availability will vary. We’ll be sharing more details soon! Stay tuned!


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Our 2nd Annual Fall Crawl


NYC, we’re heading your way October 22-24! Here’s the press release we published this morning about our 2nd annual fall crawl.

It’s a marriage made in hop-heaven. Upstate New York’s Brewery Ommegang is once again trekking south for a fall crawl. This year’s edition, aptly re-named the “Five-Borough Bar Crawl,” features partnerships with a quintet of the City’s most interesting craft brewers, a couple interesting brewing collaborations, bus and walking tours of NYC’s best bars in each borough, and to top it off, a feel-good element as well. Ticket sales for the three-day event running October 22-24 benefit the Northeastern Hop Alliance, a coalition of brewers, farmers, and educators dedicated to re-establishing commercial specialty hops production in New York and the Northeast.

The participating metro breweries include: Bronx Brewery in Bronx, Birerria in Manhattan, Threes Brewing Company in Brooklyn, Flagship Brewing Company in Staten Island, and Finback Brewery in Queens. They will be working closely with Brewery Ommegang on organizing the fun and attracting participants, with two of the breweries utilizing NYS hops provided by Ommegang to develop collaborative beers to feature and showcase as well. Birerria is making a hop-forward amber ale that they will pour for crawlers on Saturday at their signature event. Brooklyn-based Threes Brewing is going a step further and making a collaboration with Ommegang, a hoppy saison, playfully named Was it Good for You?, available for sale for a limited time throughout the state.

“Nothing gets us more excited than heading down to the city and soaking in all the amazing craft spirit emanating from the great bars and breweries based there,” said Bill Wetmore, General Manager and Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “A lot of city-dwellers head upstate to enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquility we have to offer – for us, our fall excursions are a chance to run the reverse. And I am very excited this year that not only are we hitting all five boroughs, we are working with some really creative breweries to bring a lot of fun and support a great cause.”

Complete schedules and start times for each day’s crawl can be found at the ticket portals listed below. Attendees will receive a commemorative gift, and will be given the chance to sample both Ommegang and the participating brewery’s beer. Brewers and staff from both Brewery Ommegang and participating microbreweries will join attendees throughout the crawl. Each borough crawl will feature an event at the participating microbreweries, followed by tap takeovers at surrounding bars throughout the neighborhood. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets at,,,,  Tickets are $20 and are good for one borough, with all proceeds going to NeHA.

If you’re in the NYC area, we hope you’ll join us.


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Meet Rosetta

Ommegang RosettaWe have some sweet (yet perfectly balanced) news for the start of your week. We’ve added a new year-round beer to our line up! Meet Rosetta, a traditional Belgian Kriek, blended to perfection by our sister brewery Liefmans, and available now in our regular distribution footprint.

Here’s the press release with all the juicy cherry details. We can’t wait to hear that you think of our new addition!


Ommegang’s Newest Beer One for the Ages… Literally

Family is always there for you. Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart’s desire to create a soured fruit beer wasn’t a possibility at his brewery in Cooperstown. The climate and current infrastructure don’t permit it. Fortunately for him, Belgian sister-brewery Liefmans not only has the capability to make such a beer, they have been definitive standard-bearers for over three hundred years. Several phone calls, e-mails and most enjoyably – taste testings – later, Rosetta was born and ready to hit America.

Leinhart’s recipe calls for a perfectly balanced blend of old (aged on cherries at least three years) and young Flemish brown ale (or oud bruin) with a lively and fruity kriek, or cherry beer. The result is a complex yet refreshing mahogany-brown brew that is an intriguing interplay of tartness and sweetness. Its elegance and depth would make Madame Rosa Merckx proud – Liefmans’ former Brewmaster and the first Belgian woman with that title in whose honor the beer is named.

“I wanted a sour fruit beer that invites you to have another,” said Leinhart, Ommegang’s Brewmaster since 2008. “So many of the ones I find today are either so tart or so fruity, that I think beer lovers struggle to have more than one. Balance and the right blend was the key for me, and I really believe we hit the sweet spot, so to speak.  I am looking forward to hearing back from drinkers on what they think and if the response is favorable, consider bringing this beer in draft next year as well.”

Rosetta is a moderate 5.6% ABV and its tart/sweet flavor pairs perfectly with light fare such as salad, chicken liver pâté or a pork terrine, soft cheeses such as Brie or Camembert, or a smooth chocolate mousse. Rosetta is available 11.2 oz four-packs at the suggested retail price of $10.99 each. Arriving to stores now, Rosetta is available throughout Ommegang’s 43-state USA footprint.