BID 2015 Tripel

Today, Belgians celebrate 184 years of independence and we’re celebrating right along with them! What better way to toast their independence than with beer, specifically our new Belgian Independence Day 2015, a dry-hopped tripel. This 9.2% ABV ale is dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, a hop noted for its citrusy tangerine flavor and aroma.

BID 2015 Tripel pours golden with a slight copper hue, a pure white head, fine carbonation, and great lacing. The aroma is sweetly fruity with Ommegang yeast spiciness. Hop aroma is well integrated while aromas of banana, bubblegum, apricot, tangerine, orange peel, and melon blend with a lightly bready malt character, and just a bit of spiciness peeks through. The taste is honeyed malt, sweet underlying citrus character, bready malt, and gentle spiciness. The finish is dry with lingering citrus and fruit.

BID 2015 Tripel pairs well with ratatouille, risotto, salami, and wild game. Available now on draft and in 750 bottles throughout the Ommegang distribution network.

Cheers and Happy Belgian Independence Day!

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Brewer Ryan adding Mandarina Bavaria hops.

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BID 2015, dry-hopped tripel.

Visiting Ommegang: Tour Regulations and Cafe Information, Summer 2015

We’re off to a bit of a rainy start to the summer season but the hops are LOVING it. And we’re happy to say the rain isn’t keeping visitors away! Thanks to everyone who’s come to see us so far this year.

We expect to welcome nearly 85,000 visitors this year between our concert-goers, attendees for BCTC and our other events, and those stopping in for a flight, a bite, a tour, or a tasting. We enjoy meeting new friends from across the globe, and sharing our story and our beer with everyone who makes the journey to Ommegang.

Are you coming to see us this summer? Here’s some updated information about visiting Ommegang.

We are open daily from 11 am to 6 pm for tours, tastings, cafe service, and for shopping in the brewery store. We are closed for BCTC (August 7-8), concerts (July 24, July 26, July 31, August 1, August 15, August 16) and occasionally for other special events. Closings are posted on Facebook, on our website, and they are also on our phone message when you call 607-544-1800.

At the brewery, we run tours on the hour and tastings on the half hour. Tours are FREE and tastings are $5 per person and include a souvenir tasting glass. You must be at least 5 years old to take the tour and 21 years old to participate in a tasting. Tours and tastings fill up fast so we recommend getting to the brewery early to make sure you get a spot. Tours and tastings are limited to 20 people for each time slot.

Last summer we introduced new safety regulations for our tours.

  • No bare shoulders.
  • No open toe shoes.
  • No items in shirt pockets.
  • No dangly jewelry.

Coming to see us but only have a tank top? Do you only wear sandals in the summer? Not a problem! We have clean, short-sleeve work shirts, stylish CROCS, and disposable socks that we’re happy to lend to you for the tour.

These clothing requirements are for the safety of our guests, our staff, our brewery, and our beer. We appreciate your adherence to these policies.

Want to have a meal at Ommegang? We do that too! Here are a few things to know about our  communal dining café:

  • Your entire party must be present before seating.
  • We do not sit parties larger than 14 and we do not split checks for parties larger than seven.
  • If you are here with your children, please order for them to avoid double orders and double charges.
  • Please don’t move tables or seats after ordering. This will help expedite your service.
  • If you are going to enjoy a tour or tasting while you’re here, please don’t leave your children behind! Kids may not be left unattended at a café table or anywhere else on the brewery grounds. They must be supervised at all times for their safety and the safety of all guests and our staff.

Still have questions? Email info@ommegang.com and we’ll do our best to assist you. We look forward to seeing you at Brewery Ommegang this summer. Cheers!

Hopstate NY

We are pretty darn excited about our newest beer, Hopstate NY, our first beer brewed with 100% New York State grown hops. Hopstate NY is a tribute to local hop farmers breathing life back into the state’s hop industry. This is the latest effort in our hop program which includes a variety trial hop yard at the brewery and support of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County and their hop farm advisers.Ommegang Hopstate NY Bottle 12oz LARGE

The hop industry has deep roots in New York State which was the epicenter of hops production in the United States in the 1800s, producing 80% of the country’s hops. Last year, we purchased 1.5 tons of New York State-grown and processed hops. The hops were used to brew not only Hopstate NY but also in Fleur de Houblon, our summer ale.

From Mike McManus (our Innovation Manager): “Hopstate NY is a very exciting project for us. The opportunity to create a well-balanced and classic American Pale Ale with all NYS hops, to be involved in the hop growing community here has been incredibly rewarding.  Beer is an agricultural product, and this beer is a toast to the farmers in our own backyard.”

In addition to developing the recipe for Hopstate NY, Mike also purchased the hops and is a key member of the our team working to promote and support the local industry.

Brewed with 100% New York grown Cascade, Nugget and Chinook hops, Hopstate NY pours a light copper to medium amber hue with a persistent white head and incredible lacing. The taste is of citrus and tangerine with a slight pine resin presence and the bitterness is moderate. The finish is a pleasantly lingering resinous hop finish with a touch of sweet malt.

Hopstate NY will only be available in New York in 2015 but as the local hop industry grows, Hopstate NY will expand to new states, symbolizing the rebirth of this local farming tradition. Hopstate NY is available now in 12oz. four-packs throughout New York. If you’re in NY, visit our beer finder to locate a retailer near you. And please show us your love for NY hops with #nyhops on social media!

Cheers!
Allison

Thank you to the farmers whose hard work and delicious hops made Hopstate NY a reality. Pictured: Foothill Farms, Highland Hop Farm, Weathertop Farm, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Steven Miller, Ommegang Hop Farmer Jason Stone, and Ommegang Innovation Manager Mike McManus.  Not pictured: Schmidt Farms, Pedersen Farms, Mosher Farms, Gro Moore.

Thank you to the farmers whose hard work and delicious hops made Hopstate NY a reality. Pictured: Foothill Farms, Highland Hop Farm, Weathertop Farm, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Steven Miller, Ommegang Hop Farmer Jason Stone, and Ommegang Innovation Manager Mike McManus.
Not pictured: Schmidt Farms, Pedersen Farms, Mosher Farms, Gro Moore Farms.

2015 Summer Concert Series

The sun is shining and the beer is flowing, and that can mean only one thing: the Brewery Ommegang Summer Concert Series is back. Produced in conjunction with Dan Smalls Presents, we’ve put together one of our best line-ups yet, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome these great performers to Cooperstown, New York.

The 2015 Summer Concert Series: 
May 22—Pixies with TV on the Radio and John Grant
June 13—The Avett Brothers with John Prine (sold out)
July 24—Old Crow Medicine Show with Sturgill Simpson
July 26—The Decemberists with Lucius
July 31—Primus with Dinosaur Jr. and the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (with Sean Lennon)
August 1—Bonnie Raitt with Richard Julian
August 15—Brand New with the Front Bottoms and Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
August 16—Brand New with Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band (sold out)

Camping passes are still available for some shows. The links above will take you to the event page for each show where you’ll find ticket and camping passes availability information.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone out there, and can’t wait to kick off the summer with Pixies on Friday. Here’s to another great summer, and an even better concert series.

Proost!
-Doug

Brewery Ommegang Concert Policies

No outside food or beverage is allowed in the concert area. These items are allowed in the camping area. Absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed in any area. There are food and beverage vendors on site. Cold and delicious Ommegang beer will be available for purchase during the show. And there will be non-alcoholic beverage options for sale too. Some vendors do not accept credit cards but there will be ATMs on site for all events.

No alcohol may be consumed by persons less than 21 years of age. Our staff reserves the right to cut off alcohol service to any individual that appears to be intoxicated. Non-adherence will result in removal from event grounds.

The parking lot opens at 3 pm and the gates for all shows open at 5 pm. Campers will be allowed into the camping area at 5 pm (this is when sound check wraps up) but fear not! You only have a couple hundred yards separating you from the stage so you don’t have far to walk once your site is set up. 

Re-entry to the Ommegang concert area is only allowed until the music begins. The exception will be for attendees with camping passes.

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

No weapons, explosives, or illicit substances of any kind are permitted on Brewery Ommegang property.

Please respect our property and staff. Anyone caught damaging property or buildings, or being abusive to any of our concert staff will be removed from the property. No exceptions.

Personal cameras are allowed in the venue. Flash photography, video, audio recording and removable lens cameras are not permitted without prior approval from tour management. Drone/aerial photography is not allowed. Contact dan@dansmallspresents.com with media inquiries. 

Only vendors licensed with Brewery Ommegang and with New York State are allowed to vend at Ommegang events. No exceptions.

Brewery Ommegang is an outdoor venue and the show goes on rain or shine. Please plan for the weather. Lawn chairs, blankets and cushions are allowed.

Box Office Policies

The box office will open one hour prior to advertised doors and stay open until the headlining band takes the stage.

Will call patrons will need to show photo ID to collect their tickets.

Camping area has its own entrance and box office. If you have camping will call tickets, you will find them at the camping box office.

Camping Policies

No Open Flames (i.e. no charcoal or propane grills, no campfires) allowed anywhere on Brewery Ommegang property or satellite parking lots.

Brewery Ommegang offers rustic camping (tents only) – no RVs or camping trailers are allowed. No vehicles are allowed in the camping area. Camping is only allowed in the designated camping area.

Potable water and port-a-potties are located near the camping area.

All campers will need to vacate the event camping area by 12pm the following day. Any campers with overnight tickets for multiple nights may keep their camping areas set up but will need to vacate the area from 12pm until doors open the next day to allow the staff time to clean the grounds and prepare for our next group of campers.

Campers are encouraged to arrive early to avoid having to park in the satellite parking lot.

Parking

Parking is available in the field next to the brewery grounds and there will be signs and volunteers to direct you there. CARPOOLING IS ENCOURAGED!

Overflow parking is available at Wood Bull Antiques (3920 County Highway 28, Milford, NY 13807) and we’ll have shuttle buses to bring visitors from the satellite lot to the brewery and back again after the show. The shuttle will begin at 5PM and end at 7PM when the main act takes the stage. Return buses begin at 11PM.

Handicap parking is available in the parking field on either side of the check in tent.

Safety

Plan to get home safely. Taxi services are available but remember that this is a rural community so service is limited. Don’t drink and drive. 

Medical personnel will be on site for emergencies. If you require assistance at any time, please contact one of our concert, security or medical personnel. They are there to assist you.

Please let us know if you have a question that we haven’t answered! We strive to make every concert and event at Ommegang a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees, performers, and our staff. We appreciate your adherence to our policies.

Email additional questions to info@ommegang.com. 

T-3 day

T-3 days to the opening show! Tents are going up outside the visitor’s center.