Waffles and Puppets!

Join us for Waffles and Puppets, our annual brewery birthday party, on October 25 from 11am to 5pm.

For the kids we have “The Puppet People” from Albany, NY bringing “The Wizard of Oz” to life on stage with their hand-crafted puppets. There will be a magician performing throughout the event, craft vendors, face-painting, bounce houses, games, a balloon artist, and a book tent where children may select a book to take home.  Hot, Belgian-style waffles, other food items, and Ommegang beer is available for purchase for the duration of the event.

WP Square

There will be a costume parade at 2pm for children who wish to attend the event in their Halloween costume. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

Admission to Waffles and Puppets is free.  For attendees 12 and over, a $2 donation to the Rotary Club is suggested.  Tickets for the activities will be available for purchase at the entrance.

The visitor’s center will be open for for tours and tastings during the event and the cafe will be open as well.

The Cooperstown Rotary Club’s annual fall event is its biggest fundraiser of the year, enabling Rotary to fund a variety of programs and charities that benefit the local community and communities around the globe.  Proceeds from Waffles and Puppets will benefit local programs such as the Cooperstown Food Pantry, the Angel Network, Village Parks, and countless youth organizations like Scout troops and Girls on the Run.

Hope to see you there.

Allison and Brian

Valar Morghulis

UPDATE 10/7: Craftshack.com has Valar Morghulis back in stock.

It’s 50 degrees at the brewery today and while we’re hoping for a few more days of warm weather, it seems that fall is taking hold. One upside to the cooler weather is the arrival of our fall seasonal, Scythe & Sickle harvest ale (available now) and Valar Morghulis Dubbel ale, our latest Game of Thrones-inspired beer, which will be on shelves soon.

There are always a lot of questions about how to get the Game of Thrones-inspired beers. It seemed helpful when we posted about finding Fire and Blood last spring so here are some tips and a few elements of the process to assist our friends this time around.

We’ve heard your shouts to make more so we have increased production to 100 brews for Valar Morghulis in the hopes that more fans will be able to enjoy the beer. 100 brews is the equivalent of 666,000 bottles or 132,000 gallons.

Valar Morghulis 750ml Bottle

Ommegang is currently not distributed in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Valar Morghulis will also not be for sale in these states. Ommegang beers are only exported to a few provinces of Canada at the moment so Valar Morghulis will only be available outside of the United States in British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot do any online orders. We sell the beer from the brewery to distributors in each state who then sell to retailers (bars, grocery stores and other locations). There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those here as they come in.

The first available sales day is Wednesday, October 1st. Not all stores or bars will be launching the beer this day as their delivery time for this week may vary. If you are in the Cooperstown area, you may purchase Valar Morghulis at the brewery store from 12-5pm beginning Friday, September 26th.

Our best advice is to call your local beer store first. The beer is going to sell very quickly in some places so before you trek out to find it, call ahead and make sure your store has it in stock before making any long journeys.

We have a beer finder that will show the locations that the beer has been sold to. The beer finder works by aggregating sales data from the distributor and it is uploaded often a few days after the sale into the account. With the great demand it might even be sold out by the time it is listed on our beer finder, so again we strongly encourage you to call your local retailers in advance.

Happy hunting,

Allison and Brian

Cooperstown Field Day is October 4. We’re bringing the beer.

We love a good party and our beautiful hometown is getting ready to throw a big one. Cooperstown Field Day is Saturday, October 4 from 12-9PM.

The Village  of Cooperstown is blocking off Main Street from the traffic light to the library on the day of the event. Haven’t been to Cooperstown before? We have one traffic light. One. And also one library. So if you’re coming to town and need directions, just mention either of those landmarks to a local and they’ll get you there.

There will be live music featuring Iron Horse Bluegrass, a farmer’s market, pumpkins, the CNY Cornhole Tournament, activities for kids, and an arts walk. The event is FREE and family-friendly.

During the event, attendees 21+ can swing over by Pioneer Street for Nine Innings of Beer. For $20, you can sample Ommegang ales paired with delicious dishes from some of our favorite local restaurants.

Field Days Poster_V6Signups for the CNY Cornhole Tournament are at noon that day. Tickets for the Nine Innings of Beer are available at noon as well.

9am – Cooperstown Farmers Market Opens

12pm – Main St. activities open

12pm – CNY Cornhole Tournament registration start

1pm – CNY Cornhole Tournament begins

2pm – 6pm: 9 Innings of Food & Beer begins

Pioneer Park Music Schedule:

12:00p – Mary & The Bogarts – Mary & The Bogarts have been a staple of the local Cooperstown music scene for years. Their dancy, unique selection of covers will get you moving early.

1:30p – Wayne Carrington & Friends – Spirited folk music from the heart of NY. Folk, blues, country, and a little fried up rock n’ roll meet in the middle in this intoxicating blend of Americana.

3:15p – Gradient- Gradient’s infections set-list is chock full of all your favorites.

5:00p – Blues Maneuver- One of the Catskill region’s premier bands for more than a decade. The bands top-notch musicianship and vast repertoire make them ideal music fans for all ages.

7:00p – Iron Horse – Best known for their spirited covers and “Pickin’ On:” albums; Iron Horse brings Field Days to a close in style. Whether they’re pickin’ on Elton John, Modest Mouse, Metallica, or Van Halen their unique style of Bluegrass will have you dancing long into the night.

Hope you’ll join us on October 4th to celebrate the culture, history, artistry, and community of Cooperstown.

HUGE thanks to the event sponsors (in no particular order) The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Preferred Mutual, Taylors, The Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown Bat Company, Carbone Auto Group, Otsego County Tourism, New York Central Mutual, Green & Green Law Office, Paperkite Creative, The Farmer’s Museum, The Fenimore Art Museum and of course, our lovely Village of Cooperstown.

Allison

Press Release: HopChef Dallas

Live near Dallas and love beer and food? We’ve got your 11/3 dinner plans right here!

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Brewery Ommegang brings its national food and beer pairing competition, HopChef, to Dallas on November 3 at 6:30PM at 3015 at Trinity Grove. HopChef Dallas is the signature kick-off event for 2014 North Texas Beer Week and is sure to be the hottest (and tastiest) ticket in town. The event will bring together Dallas’s top beer-forward chefs under one roof to pair dishes with a variety of Ommegang’s ales and to compete for the title of Dallas HopChef 2014. Tickets, which are now on-sale at TicketLeap, are the only way to take part in the HopChef.

Six beer-forward restaurants have been selected to participate including Meddlesome Moth, Blind Butcher, Common Table, FM Smokehouse, Whiskey Cake, and Libertine.

“We’re thrilled to finally bring HopChef to Dallas and to kick off Dallas Beer Week with a night of beer, food, and fierce but friendly competition,’’ said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “The food and craft beer scenes in Dallas are hotter than ever and we can’t wait to see the culinary showdown unfold in the Big D.”

Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, each paired with a specific Ommegang beer, will be served to a panel of judges and attendees to taste and score.

The winner of HopChef Dallas receives a prize package from culinary leaders such as Cuisinart and Shun, a 3-liter trophy from Brewery Ommegang, and some serious bragging rights.

Tickets are available for $60 each and may be purchased at TicketLeap. Admission includes samples of each chef’s signature dish and accompanying Ommegang beers as well as a commemorative Brewery Ommegang glass. 3015 at Trinity Groves is located at 3015 Gulden Lane, Dallas, TX 75212.

HopChef competitions have been delicious and wildly popular in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Washington DC. Relive, follow, and add to the action on Twitter and Instagram with #HopChef.

From The Kitchen: New Fall/Winter Menu

Cafe Ommegang was closed yesterday for some exciting (and tasty!) staff training. Chef Evan spent the day teaching his kitchen team how to prep and prepare the new fall/winter menu. In the evening, the rest of the cafe team came by for a team dinner to taste each of the new dishes and suggested beer pairings.

Brian stayed for dinner last night and took pictures of a few of the dishes.

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The menu is a departure from our summer fare and focuses more on seasonally-available produce, locally prepared meats and cheeses, and a richer dining experience. Spring/summer menu favorites like croque madame, chicken and waffles, the cheese and charcuterie plates, and the chicken sandwich (above, left) are still available. New dishes include cardonade a la flamande and confit salad (above, center and right,) waterzooi, and many more. Chef Evan wrote the entire menu with beer pairing in mind and his team can suggest a beer to go with each dish.

We started serving the new menu today (I had the portobello sandwich with sweet potato chips: smoky and delicious.) Find it online here or stop by to see us. The cafe is open from 12-5pm, daily.

Allison