BCTC 2016: The More, The Murray-er

Friends, in years past, we’ve tickled beer-lovers with our wholehearted embrace of quirky and playful themes for our Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival. From The Big Lebrewski to a Vegas party scene complete with flying Elvis impersonators to a Spinal Tap edition that helped the event score an unparalleled 11, you guys have always counted on visuals and experiences that make the weekend like no other. For 2016, we’re turning to the patron saint of quirky and playful himself with an all-things Bill Murray theme. That’s right. Bill Murray. 

On August 5 and 6, 3,000 lucky guests will enjoy the opportunity to taste hard-to-find Belgian import brews as well as Belgian-style ales from all over North America. More than 100 breweries will be on-hand pouring while festival-goers fully immerse themselves in a wild and wonderful space fueled by the legendary actor’s best known movies and characters. Tickets go on sale to the public April 1.

As always, BCTC promises more than just great beer – gourmet food vendors, live music, on-site camping and fireworks make the weekend truly special. And of course, surprises! The entire event will be designed to emulate the creativity and spirit of Bill Murray, and what could be more Murray-like than an “anything is possible” attitude and expectation.

Festivities begin on Friday at 6pm with a five-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders. Festival grounds open at noon on Saturday for patrons holding camping tickets. Tasting begins at 2:30 pm for VIP ticket holders and 3 pm for general admission. Tasting ends at 7 pm. Live music runs from 3 pm until midnight. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be served from 8 am until noon. The brewery will be closed to the public Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, but reopens for regular service on Sunday, August 7.

VIP tickets cost $275 and include the beer pairing dinner, two nights of camping on the brewery grounds, and additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon. General admission tickets for Saturday’s tasting event cost $110 and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $125.

Tickets go on sale April 1 at noon at Ommegang.com and Etix.com and are available until they sell out. Please note that VIP tickets have sold out in under a minute for the last four years and historically, all tickets sell out within a day of the event going on sale. For more information, email events@ommegang.com or call (607) 544-1800 ext. 813.

PS. If you love BCTC, we’d love to have your vote as we compete for top bragging rights in USA Today’s 10 Best Beer Fests poll! You can vote DAILY from now until February 29!

Razzle dazzle!

Meet Limited Edition Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers

Barrel-Aged 3 Phils 750ml BottleWe have a new twist on an old favorite coming out in February. Our first major barrel-aged release, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers, goes on sale at noon on Saturday, February 13, only at the brewery store.

Our unique Three Philosophers Quardupel Ale is universally-known as the preferred elixir of life’s meditators, thinkers and theorizers. Now, thanks to Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and the 24 bourbon barrels he got his hands on, mullers of life’s mysteries can ponder all the more deeply. In addition to being released at the brewery store on 2/13, this beer will also be available beginning in early March at select New York City specialist beer retailers. A small amount is also being held in reserve opportunistically.

“We’ve experimented with barrel aging in the past and had great success,” said Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Three Philosophers is such a lovely, complex beer and it ages so beautifully that we thought it the perfect fit for pairing with bourbon barrels. The result is exactly what we hoped for: even more complex flavors and a slightly fuller body than the standard. We’re sure this’ll be a crowd pleaser.”

Like the original, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers pours a deep burgundy hue with a fluffy, off-white head. Patience through the aging process rewarded the brewers with flavors of caramel, raisin, dried fruit, molasses, and vanilla and aromas of oak, vanilla, and subtle hints of cherry. The body is ample but still finishes faintly dry with lingering hints of malt, bourbon, and cherry. The effects of barrel-aging, eliciting remnant alcohol from the cooperage during the aging process, escalated the ABV of the beer from 9.7% to a significant, yet sneakily subtle, 11.4% ABV.

The release party at the our store on 2/13 is from 12-8 pm. During the day-long event, visitors can enjoy unlimited beer samples for $5, café food specials, and 10% off all beer and merchandise in the brewery store. Visitors are also welcome (and encouraged!) to return to the brewery that night for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Details about dinner, which will feature the new beer, can be found at here.

Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers NYC retail locations can be found through the our beer finder following its roll-out to trade in early March.


Valentine’s Day Dinner 2016

UPDATE (2/8): This event is sold out! Thanks for your interest.

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching! Do you have date night plans yet? No!? Then let us help!

On Saturday, February 13, our cafe team will serve a four-course beer pairing dinner that’s sure to delight! Two seatings are available: 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Reservations must be made by calling Joe or Alexa at the cafe: 607-544-1800, extension 828 or extension 847.

Details: Dinner is $100/couple. Please add an additional $10/guest for the suggested beer pairings. This includes taxes but not gratuity. We will gladly accommodate vegetarians and food allergies but please notify us at the time of reservation. Reservations will be held with a $25 deposit that will be deducted from the final bill.

First Course
Green salad with roasted beets and chevre dressed with Hop House vinaigrette OR Carrot, ginger and Hennepin soup
Paired with Nirvana IPA

Second Course
Oysters in half shell OR Chorizo stuffed portabella cap
Paired with Hennepin Saison

Third Course
12 oz prime rib OR Pork osso bucco OR Grilled salmon
All entrees served with vegetables and a choice of rice pilaf or mashed potatoes
Paired with our BRAND NEW Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers Quadrupel

Fourth Course
Slice of Belgian Chocolate Cake with a Liefmans cherry reduction and two chocolate covered strawberries
Paired with Rosetta Kriek

Valentine’s Day dinner at Cafe Ommegang always books up quickly so don’t delay in making your reservations!

Rosetta Kriek: now on draft!

We have more sweet/tart news about Rosetta Kriek. Our popular newcomer is now available on draft! Just now hearing of Rosetta? Here’s what you’ve missed:

Rosetta Glass

Rosetta is brewed and blended for us by our sister brewery Liefmans in Belgium. It’s a perfectly balanced combination 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 blend, which was developed by our Brewmaster Phil Leinhart, results in a complex yet refreshing mahogany-brown brew that is an intriguing interplay of tartness and sweetness.

Rosetta is a moderate 5.6% ABV and its unique 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. In addition to draft, Rosetta is available in 11.2 oz four-packs at the suggested retail price of $10.99 each. Both bottles and draft are available throughout our 45-state USA footprint.

Learn more about Rosetta by visiting our YouTube channel for a video by Phil.

Give Rosetta a try and let us know what you think! Cheers!


Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival 2016

Snommegang 2016 LogoFriends, we are once again partnering with American On Tap to bring our SNOMMEGANG INVITATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL back to Main Street in Oneonta, NY! Join us on Saturday, March 12 from 2-6 pm for beer tasting, live music, and more! A little cold weather (well, maybe. Who knows with this winter!) won’t keep us from taking over Main Street and enjoying beers from 30+ breweries from around the country.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 day-of, and $45 for students with valid student ID (must purchase student tickets at the event). To buy tickets and/or sign up to volunteer, visit the event website.

Additional information is below in the press release from AOT.

Hope to see you in March!

Brewery Ommegang has announced their continued partnership with America On Tap, the country’s leading producer of premium craft beer festivals, to further expand their successful Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival this winter. Snommegang returns for a third year to Main Street in Oneonta, NY on Saturday, March 12 from 2-6pm.

In addition to Brewery Ommegang and their six brewing siblings, more than 30 breweries from across the United States will each pour at least two of their best offerings at the event. The beer tasting is accompanied by live music, food and activities – all within heated tents along Muller Plaza and surrounding businesses on Main Street. The second annual event held in February 2015 sold out with over 1,100 attendees. The 2016 event will expand the tasting tents to include more breweries and more space for tasting.

America On Tap Beer Festivals is the first and only national live event series dedicated to showcasing specialty and craft breweries from around the globe, while also delivering authentic, craft beer-focused experiences filled with live music, great vendors, and delicious local food.

“While the weather may be questionable this winter, there’s no doubt that this year’s Snommegang will be one for the record books,” said Bill Wetmore, Brewery Ommegang’s general manager. “We were absolutely thrilled to bring such a unique event to life in Oneonta for a third year and are excited to partner again with America On Tap as it will allow us to even further amplify the energy, fun, and great craft beer. We look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces at this year’s event.”

“We are excited to partner with Brewery Ommegang and look forward to a very successful Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival,” said A.J. Bodden, executive producer, America on Tap. “Our goal is to deliver a more robust festival experience by providing the best of the local and national craft beer scene for an unforgettable and authentic beer experience.”

Music and activities in Muller Plaza are free and open to the public. Tickets to the tasting portion of Snommegang are $50 each and are available now on the event website, Snommegang.com. Day-of tickets will be $55 and tickets for students with a valid student ID will be available at the event for $45.