Meet Hopstate NY 2016

Ommegang Hopstate NY 2016 Bottle 12oz

Hi, friends!

Exciting news! Hopstate NY is back this year with a brand new recipe to showcase the amazing work that NYS hop farmers are doing. This is the second year that we’re brewed a beer with 100% NYS grown hops! Hopstate NY is available now at the brewery store and will be available throughout New York State in early July. If you live outside NY, we’re sorry we aren’t distributing in your area but we’d love to have you visit us this summer so you can give this new beer a try.

Ommegang Debuts Hopstate NY 2016 – Brand New Beer; Same Great Cause
Brewery continues commitment to raise awareness for NYS Hops and its farmers

Brewery Ommegang, located in Brew Central, is once again shining the spotlight on local hop farmers with its 2016 edition of Hopstate NY, an all-NYS hops beer. Brewed in tribute and to raise awareness for local hop farmers breathing life back into the state’s hop industry, this year’s Hopstate NY is an American amber ale brewed with rye, and of course, a healthy amount of hops exclusively sourced from Empire State farmers. The beer will be available on draft and in six-packs, starting in early July.

The release of the new brew will be supported through tastings at farmer’s markets around the state, and the second annual Ommegang RV Tour, set to visit cities from Buffalo to Syracuse and Albany to NYC during the month. Just as in 2015, there will also be educational seminars and presentations on the New York State hops initiative across the region and as far as Washington D.C. – at Savor, a national beer and food celebration put on annually by the Brewer’s Association. These are conducted in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and their hop advisers who counsel farmers across the state on best practices and manage a varietal research yard at Ommegang.

 “Hopstate NY is a beer everyone at the brewery is extraordinarily passionate about,” says Ommegang’s Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe, who developed this year’s recipe. “For me personally, it is very special as our 2016 version is a vastly different take on showcasing New York hops. It’s an American amber ale by style, but breaking from tradition and expectation, we added copious amounts of the finest NY State Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops we could find. I think people are really going to enjoy our take – it’s citrusy and spicy, while being very refreshing.”

The hop industry has deep roots in NY which was the epicenter of hops production in the United States in the 1800s, producing 80% of the country’s hops. Last fall, Ommegang, which is located on the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY, purchased one ton of New York State-grown and processed hops. The hops were used to brew not only Hopstate NY but were also used in Fleur de Houblon, Ommegang’s summer ale. This is the second year in which Ommegang has purchased local hops for both experimental brews, and local and nationwide releases.

At 5.6% ABV, Hopstate NY pours a deep amber hue with a persistent white head. The hopping is almost entirely late-addition, and with two rounds of dry-hopping in fermentation, the beer has bright aromas of citrus and melon. The flavor is citrusy with a bit of sweet honey and caramel from the malt. Moderate bitterness of the taste is of citrus and tangerine with a slight pine resin presence. The finish is a pleasantly lingering resinous hop finish with a touch of sweet malt. Hopstate NY pairs well with grilled, fried, or roast chicken, spicy foods, pizza, and burgers.

This year, Hopstate NY will only be available in New York but as the local hop industry grows, Hopstate NY may expand to new states, symbolizing its rebirth and vitality. Hopstate NY will be available next month in 12oz. six-packs for the suggested retail price of $13.99. Ommegang’s website offers a beer finder for locating retailers by zip code.

Cheers!
Allison

Meet Great Beyond Double IPA

Exciting news!!! Our first-ever double IPA, Great Beyond, is available now at the brewery store and heading to retailers NATIONWIDE this month! You’ll be able to use our beer finder to locate a retailer near you as the beer starts selling in stores. In the meantime, take a look at the press release below for more details about our new addition.

Ommegang Great Beyond 12oz BottleNew brew from Ommegang transports to the Great Beyond
Ommegang’s first ever DIPA rolls out nationally throughout June

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Tucked between lush hills and alongside a lazy river, beyond the lights and crowds and bustle, is a brewery unlike any other. From this bucolic setting in Cooperstown, NY, comes a very special new beer: Great Beyond Double IPA. More so than any other beer ever crafted at Brewery Ommegang, this beer was designed to be transcendent – to transport drinkers to an idyllic Upstate NY state-of-mind and being. The new brew ships nationally throughout June in six-packs and draft.

The first beer Ommegang has released since it was named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-sized breweries at the 2016 World Beer Cup, Great Beyond Double IPA is a build upon the highly successful Nirvana IPA. Nirvana debuted almost exactly one-year ago throughout the brewery’s northeast backyard of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In only 12 months, as reported by IRI in NY Food data, Nirvana is already the #3 selling NY-IPA. Overall, it is the #13 selling IPA 6-pack despite having weighted distribution well below 50%.

“Double IPA is a style we were excited to brew – it’s a further exploration beyond the Belgian-styles we are known for historically,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster for Brewery Ommegang. “Nirvana received such a great reaction, of course we wanted to see if we could take that to another level.  And I’m really excited we are sharing this beer nationally – unlike Nirvana which we restrict to our heartland, fans everywhere can enjoy Great Beyond and tell us what they think.”

Great Beyond pours a hazy light copper color with a thick white head. The aroma is intensely fruity thanks to massive hop editions; notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot dominate the nose, with underlying hints of sweet citrus. The flavor is full of juicy, fruity hop character with resinous pine undertones. The body is pleasantly full with a silky mouthfeel and big balanced bitterness. The finish lingers, finally resolving to a pleasant hop presence. Great Beyond is 8.8% ABV and 83 IBUs, a true palate-wrecker.

Brewed with pilsner and Munich 20 malts, along with additions of flaked oats, and dextrose, Great Beyond has a beautifully smooth mouthfeel. Hopping is done throughout the brewing process with a blend of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Calypso, and Mandarina Bavaria hops, and the beer is fermented with American ale yeast.

Great Beyond pairs with big bold flavors like smoked and cured meats, barbeque, curries, and all manner of spicy food such as Thai stir fry. Bold rich chesses like extra-sharp cheddar and bleu cheese are excellent as well. Find Great Beyond in June throughout Ommegang’s distribution area in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft.

We can’t wait to hear what you think of Great Beyond!
Cheers.
Allison

Visiting Ommegang: Tour Regulations and Cafe Information, Summer 2016

 

Hi, friend! Are you coming to see us this summer? Great! We can’t wait to welcome you. Here’s some updated information about visiting Ommegang to help plan your trip.

Beginning Thursday, May 26, we are open daily from 11 am to 6 pm for tours, tastings, cafe service, and for shopping in the brewery store. We’re also open for dinner from 6-9 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. We are closed for BCTC (August 5-6), concerts (May 28, July 8, July 9, July 21, and July 24) 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 five 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!
Allison

The 2016 Summer Concert Series

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Hi, friends! Big weekend coming up: the start of our 2016 Summer Concert Series! Produced in conjunction with Dan Smalls Presents, we’ve put together another great lineup! We couldn’t be more excited to welcome these great performers to Cooperstown, New York.

The 2016 Summer Concert Series: 
May 28-Lake Street Dive with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
July 8-The String Cheese Incident withTwiddle
July 9-Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals withTrombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
July 21-Norah Jones with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
July 30-The Lumineers with Rayland Baxter and Langhorne Slim & The Law (SOLD OUT)

Camping passes are still available for some shows. The links above will take you to the ticketing page for each show where you’ll find ticket and camping passes availability information. If you’re on Facebook, you can find an event page for each of concert by clicking here.

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 12 pm 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.

Hope to see you at a show this summer!
Allison

 

2016 World Beer Cup

Hi, friends.
Our feet still haven’t quite touched the ground since Friday night when our brewery, our team, won top honors at the 2016 World Beer Cup SM in Philadelphia. Not only did Rosetta win gold and both Three Philosophers and Gnomegang win bronze in their respective categories but Ommegang was named the champion mid-size brewery and brewmaster for the 2016 competition. We’re humbled and honored and so proud of each and every member of our production team: brewing, packaging, quality, maintenance, and warehouse-they all had a hand in making this happen.

Here’s the press release will all the details about the event:

Brewery Ommegang named world’s best mid-size brewery at 2016 World Beer Cup SM

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Cooperstown, New York’s tranquil Brewery Ommegang sent up a boisterous cheer on Friday night when they were named the Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-size brewing companies, and won three individual beer awards at the 2016 World Beer Cup SM competition. The brewery won a gold medal for its newest beer, Rosetta, in the Belgian-style fruit beer category, a bronze for Three Philosophers in the Belgian-style dubbel and quadrupel category, and a bronze for Gnomegang in the Belgian-style tripel category. The World Beer Cup’s SM biennial awards ceremony was held in Philadelphia on Friday, May 6.

Breweries that produce between 15,001 and six million barrels a year are considered mid-size and in 2016, nearly 350 breweries participated in the World Beer Cup SM competition at that level. Ommegang was one of only six breweries to win three individual beer awards at the event.

“This is a tremendous achievement for our brewery and a testament to the skill and passion of our brewing, packaging, quality, maintenance, and warehouse teams,” said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “We never go to an event expecting to win. We believe our beers to be very high quality and we know they’re beloved by many, but so are many beers from many breweries all over the country and the world. To win a single award at the World Beer Cup SM is quite an achievement, but to win three along with the Champion Mid-Size Brewery Award leaves us a bit speechless.”

The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group that protects and promotes America’s small, independent craft brewers, created the World Beer Cup SM competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing. The 1996 competition was held with 600 beers and 250 breweries competing from 20 countries. Held biennially since then, the World Beer Cup SM has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious events in the international brewing industry. This year’s competition boasted 6,596 beers judged in 96 categories, beers from 1,907 breweries from 55 countries.  Judging was completed by approximately 260 judges from 31 countries, 75% of them from outside the United States.

Brewery Ommegang’s sister brewery Boulevard Brewing Company from Kansas City, MO was also a big winner that night. They were awarded a pair of awards: gold for The Sixth Glass in the Belgian-style dark strong ale category and silver for Tank 7 in the American-Belgo-style ale category.

Cheers!
Allison