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.

Cooptoberfest and Cooperstown on Tap


WCooptoberfeste’re proud to be the presenting sponsor for Cooptoberfest and Coopertown on Tap on October 10! Our local Chamber of Commerce recently shared all the exciting event details. Take a look below and come join us on Main Street Columbus Day weekend.


On Saturday, October 10, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cooperstown are happy to bring Cooptoberfest, presented by Brewery Ommegang, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Cooperstown’s Main Street, with after-parties to follow.  This event builds off of last year’s Cooperstown Field Day to bring a unique, fun filled family friendly event to Cooperstown’s historic Main Street.

Family Portion of Cooptoberfest (from Traffic Light to Flag Pole)

9 a.m. thru 2 p.m – Cooperstown Farmer’s Market Opens with free games including Pumpkin Rolling, Scavenger Hunt, Gourd Car Racing, Hopscotch, Dairy Princess, and Vendors!

10 a.m. thru 4 p.m. – Kids Korner Opens (between traffic light and Doubleday Parking Lot) – Activities include, a bouncy house, inflatable obstacle course, 8 carnival games, “Touch A  Truck” for kids to take pictures and climb on vehicles featuring a dump truck, excavator, and fire truck, face painting, music and more for unlimited use for $5 per person.

–  Pumpkin Patch and Decorating Station

–  Craft Vendors including bags, candles, cheese, jewelry, crafts, Susquehanna Animal Shelter, Pony Rides, etc. Cooperstown Soccer Club, and more!

–  Selfie Station with fun props to win prizes using #wearecooperstown and #Cooptoberfest – Prizes also given for candid photos during the event!  (We are looking for gift certificates and donations for this!)

–  Apparel Station to purchase shirts!

–  Between 10 and 11 a.m. runners participating in the 3rd Annual Bassett Cupola 5K Run/Walk will be running coming up Pioneer Street by the flag pole.  Come cheer the runners on!

11 a.m. thru 3 p.m.– Chee Chee the Clown will entertain the crowd in the streets, balloon animals, and magic tricks!

– Brewery Ommegang Beer Truck will serve beer near Pioneer Park

12 p.m thru 4 p.m. – CNY Cornhole Tournament. $10 per 2-person team, teams are filling up quick!  Visit for more information on this tournament

4 p.m. – All activities will close up and break down will begin.  We hope to open up parts of the west side of Main Street as we can.

Cooperstown on Tap

4 p.m. thru 5 p.m. – VIP Tasting of approximately 100 different beers and ciders from across New York State.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – General Admission, tickets can be purchased also at

Dusk – Light up Main Street!  Colorful lights will shine against Main Street buildings to provide a unique experience!

**Each ticket comes with a sampling glass, and unlimited samples of the product.  Food vendors will be present for purchase.  Vendors reserve the right to refuse to serve individuals deemed over-served.  All alcohol consumption during this event is to remain within the designated area.

8:30 p.m to Close– Live Music at Cooley’s, The Lake Front Restuaurant and Mel’s @ 22

Live Music on Paperkite Creative Stage

Throughout the day, local musical acts will be performing on the Paperkite Creative stage.  Below is the schedule of performers:

9:30 a.m. thru 11 a.m. – Miranda & The Old-Timers

11 a.m. thru 1 p.m. – Jeff Syman Band

1 p.m. thru 3 p.m. – Gravelyard Bluegrass Band

3 p.m. thru 4 p.m. – Iona Irish Dance (Will take place on the street near Doubleday Parking Lot Entrance)

4 p.m. thru 6 p.m. – Bourbon & Branch

6 p.m. thru 8 p.m. – The Mopar Cams

Special thanks to the following businesses and families for their support of this event: Audi Oneonta, Carbone Auto Group, New York Central Mutual, The Otesaga, Fenimore Art Museum, Farmers’ Museum, Paperkite Creative, Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, Price Chopper, Cooperstown Dreams Park, SEFCU Insurance, Green & Green Law Office, August Lodge, Bassett Hospital, Springbrook, Benefits Specialists, Wax Museum, Cooperstown Diamonds Luxury Weekly Rentals, Key Bank, NBT Bank, Glimmerglass Festival, New York Susquehanna & Western Railway, Cooperstown Family Dentist, Smith Ford Cooperstown, Inc., Koala Fight Media, Leatherstocking Group, Paul and Mary Kuhn, AT&T, Cooperstown Brewing Company, May Family, Howarth Family, Wheelhouse Studios, Andrews Family, Rotary Club of Cooperstown, Lion’s Club, Chobani and Town Square Media.

Our very merry un-birthday.

Next month, we turn 18! And while we’re still a few years shy of the legal drinking age, we’re going to celebrate our 18th birthday with “a very merry un-birthday” party commemorating 18 years of beer, music, fun, and community involvement. The event is Saturday, October 17, from 4-9 pm at the brewery (656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY).

In collaboration with presenting sponsor More Art Space from Oneonta, NY, the event will feature interactive games, art installations, a small shop of wonders where local artists will sell their art work, magic shows, fire throwing, and live music by Bella’s Bartok and Puddles Pity Party, the sad clown with the golden voice. Gourmet food will be available for purchase including whimsical breakfast items like giant pancakes and miniature sausages. And of course, no brewery birthday party would be complete without a giant birthday cake and beer. Lots and lots of beer.

A word from our GM, Bill: “For the past 18 years, we’ve been so fortunate to call Cooperstown home and we truly believe one of the biggest reasons for our success is the support and involvement of the local community. This event is as much about celebrating our community as it is celebrating our birthday. We hope to see both new and familiar faces at our birthday party. No presents are required. Community presence is present enough!”

Thanks to generous sponsorships by local businesses Norwich Beverage Corporation, ISD, Green & Green Attorneys at Law, Northern Eagle Hops Pelletizing Company, Catskill Food Company, and Topstitch, the event is free to the public. For guests who would like to give a birthday present, donation stations will be set up around the event and all donations will benefit The Arc Otsego, which creates opportunities for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families throughout Otsego County.

Our birthday party is appropriate for all ages and we liken it to our summer concert series: suitable for families but without activities specifically designed for kids. On Facebook? Join the event page for updates and information about artists and their installations, music, the schedule of events, etc.

Hope you’ll join us! Cheer!


Mother’s Mercy – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout to return this fall

UPDATE 9/1: This Game of Thrones-inspired release will not be available in Canada.

Yesterday, Mike Snider from USA Today announced that our fall Game of Thrones-inspired release is a return of both Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout, the first two beers in our collaborative beer series with HBO. The beers will be available on draft, in single 750ml bottles, and also in limited edited gift packs that include a bottle of each beer plus a glass. You should start to see the beer and gift packs at the end of September.

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Please note: Ommegang is currently not distributed in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout and the gift packs will not be for sale in these states.

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.

Below is the press release with all the details about the release.

Mother’s Mercy – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout to return this fall
HBO® and Brewery Ommegang to re-release first two beers in popular Game of Thrones® collaboration

 (COOPERSTOWN, NY) While in Westeros it remains very much uncertain who will ultimately rule the Seven Kingdoms, fans of Brewery Ommegang and the hit HBO show Game of Thrones are going to enjoy something not seen since the merry rule of King Joffrey – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout. The two first brews in the collaboration series, much like Jorah Mormont, are back just when fans thought they were gone forever. Both beers will be re-released this fall on draft, in single 750ml bottles and in a first-ever collectible gift pack featuring a bottle of each and a commemorative Game of Thrones glass.

“We heard from so many fans who were disappointed about missing the first two Game of Thrones beers,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. “The popularity of the beers has grown right alongside the popularity of the show, and we are thrilled to give these first two brews a second turn in the spotlight.”

When it was originally released in 2013, Iron Throne Blonde Ale was brewed at only 25% of the volume of the most recent beer, Three-Eyed Raven, which hit stores this spring timed to Season 5 of the show. Bottle shops across the country sold out in days, while bars poured through kegs in hours. Take the Black Stout was brewed at twice the volume of Iron Throne and still sold out quickly. Fans who missed out on both of these popular brews, and those who can’t wait to try them again, will finally have a chance this fall.

“We had no idea what the reaction to a Game of Thrones beer would be when this all started,” said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang.  “We were blown away by the runaway success of these first two beers and are very excited to give loyal fans another chance to enjoy them.”

Iron Throne Blonde Ale has a slightly hazy golden amber hue. The head is full and fluffy. The finish is crisp, backed by a touch of spice and hops. The aroma is a bit grassy with a hint of lemon fruitiness from the lemon peel. The taste is lightly malty, rounded by honey malt sweetness. Iron Throne Blonde Ale is 6.5% ABV.

Take the Black Stout is deep black in hue, with a full tan head. Aromas include dark chocolate, caramel malt, earthy hops, and a touch of fruitiness. Tastes include chocolate, dark coffee, and rich malt character. The beer has light, balanced roastiness aroma and taste. The clean hop bitterness converges with a slight woody character and spiciness. The finish offers sweet malt character giving way to spicy, earthy, hop bitterness. Take the Black Stout is 7.0% ABV.

The two beers will be available nationally in late September on draft, in 750ml bottles, and also in limited edition gift packs featuring a bottle of each beer plus a newly designed glass featuring the Ommegang and Game of Thrones logos in gold. Suggested retail price for the individual bottles is $9.99 and $22.99 for the gift pack.


Innovation Beers at BCTC 2015

Innovation Manager Mike McManus and the staff brewers have had a busy year developing new beers on the brewery’s pilot system and seven of their test brews will be available for sampling at BCTC on Saturday.

As these are test brews, only one or two sixtels of each beer are available. There isn’t a set schedule for tapping on Saturday so swing by the Ommegang table a couple of times during the tasting to see what new beer is rotating through the Innovation Tap.

Table beer (3.7% abv): Supremely drinkable Saison. Herbal and citrus aroma, notably lemon.

Motueka Hennepin (7.2% abv): Hennepin with late addition and dry-hopping. Lemon/Lime, noble spice, light fruit.

Hoppy Wheat (7% abv): Punchy American hop aromas married with Ommegang house yeast character. Creamy mouthfeel.

Double IPA (8.9% abv): Massive hop aroma and flavor. Tropical, strawberry, tart citrus. Mosaic, Mandarina, Centennial and others.

Oak-Aged Gnomegang (10.8% abv): Gnomegang blonde ale aged in Cooperstown Distilling whisky barrels. Big barrel character, vanilla, orange.

Funky Saison (6% abv):  Crisp, funky, tart. Lemon and lime. Dry hopped w/ Motueka

Raspberry/Cherry Black Ale (6.2% abv): Smooth Belgian black ale aged w/ Raspberry and Cherry puree. Huge juicy, tart fruit.