Hopped Hennepin Series

It occurred to us at the brewery that when we trialed hops for evaluation on the pilot system, that Hennepin, our saison, might make a great base beer. We were right.

The malt base of Hennepin is light on its feet, it’s got adequate body from the relatively high ABV, and it finishes crisp and dry. When we removed the spices that are characteristic of the classic Hennepin, then late edition and dry hops are really afforded an opportunity to shine. To be fair to the original Hennepin, we don’t see these hop explorations as an improvement on our old friend, but they are unique, special, and worthy of sharing with those who have an interest in Hennepin, a particular hop, or just great beer.

Single hop beers are nothing new, but the two Hennepin Hop beers this year aren’t actually that. We decided to retain the excellent and balanced bittering qualities afforded by Styrian Goldings in both of these beers.  Both examples are hoppier and more aromatic than traditional Hennepin, accomplished with a combination of larger bittering charges, late edition and whirlpool hopping, as well as dry hopping. Calypso and Triskel Hennepin will be limited releases available only on draft, and we hope to continue these explorations with several new releases each year.

Calypso (April release): Bright fruity and citrus (lemon) aroma with some pear and apple. Slight melon and tea-like character as well. Firm and pleasant bitterness.

Triskel (September release): Fruity, floral and peppery aroma. Amplified “noble” type character. Moderately hoppy taste with great spicy notes.  This hop plays really well with our house yeast.

The Hopped Hennepin Series will be available on draft in: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI

Cheers.
Mike

Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2015

Score! We’re bringing back the 90s when Belgium comes to Cooperstown this summer. This August, you can break out your long-forgotten mixed tapes, windbreakers, and “Pulp Fiction” references for your pilgrimage to Central New York for “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown.” Our beer, music, food, and all-things-fun fest is returning August 7 and 8.

Come try hard-to-find Belgian ales from across the pond and Belgian-style ales from all over North America. This year you can imbibe dressed in Umbros and a No Fear tee-shirt while singing along to Vanilla Ice and the Spice Girls. Tickets go on sale to the public April 1.

This year’s 90s theme will pervade the festival while more than 100 breweries will be on hand pouring more than 300 unique beers for the 3,000 attendees. In addition to great beer, BCTC promises gourmet food vendors, live music, on-site camping, fireworks, and much more.

Festivities begin on Friday at 6 pm with a multi-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders.  The 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. There will be live music 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 on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, but will reopen for regular service on Sunday, August 9.

VIP tickets cost $275 and include the five-course 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.

Have questions or need more information? Email events@ommegang.com or call (607) 544-1800 ext. 813.

Party on!
Allison

Three-Eyed Raven

The temperature in Cooperstown was in the 40’s yesterday and it should be above freezing during the day for the rest of the week. We’re taking this as a sign that spring WILL come to NY this year and with the arrival of spring comes the debut of Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale, our fifth Game of Thrones-inspired beer, available in retail on April 6.

There are always a lot of questions about how to get the Game of Thrones-inspired beers and it’s proved helpful for us to post search tips for both pro-beer seekers and those new to the sport. We know there’s a huge demand for this beer series so we brewed 98 brews of Three-Eyed Raven which is the equivalent of 614,000 bottles or more than 121,000 gallons of beer. 3-Eyed Raven Bottle

Ommegang is currently not distributed in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Three-Eyed Raven will not be for sale in these states. Ommegang beers are only exported to a few provinces of Canada at the moment so Three-Eyed Raven will only be available outside of the United States in British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. There is not currently a release date set for Canada. We’re working with our distributor there and we’ll update this post when we have one.

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 Monday, April 6, a week prior to the return of Game of Thrones on April 12 at 9pm on HBO. 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 Three-Eyed Raven at the brewery store from 12-5pm beginning Saturday, March 14.

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.

Lastly, there will be launch parties for Three-Eyed Raven in select cities across the US. We’ll announce details and locations for those events next week. Stay tuned.

Happy hunting,
Allison

Snommegang Breweries and Bands

It’s been a busy and exciting week at the brewery: announcing details of our new beer Nirvana IPA, announcing a new summer concert featuring Pixies, and finalizing the details for Snommegang, our winter invitational beer festival. Happily though, it’s Friday, Pixies tickets are on sale, and we just printed out the final table sign for the Snommegang breweries. Here’s who’s pouring at the event tomorrow:

21st Amendment Brewery
Bacchus Brewing Co.
Brasserie d’Achouffe
Brewery Ommegang
Browns Brewing Co.
Cooperstown Brewing Co.
Davidson Brothers Brewing Company
Duvel Moortgat
Good Nature Brewing
Goose Island Beer Company
Gordon Biersch Syracuse
Gravity Ciders Inc.
Harpoon Brewery
Hazlitt’s Cider Tree
Keegan Ales
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Liefmans
Maredsous
Peekskill Brewery
Rare Form Brewing Company
Roots Brewing Company, Inc.
The Roscoe NY Beer Company
Saranac
Shipyard Brewing Company
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Sixpoint Brewery
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Stone Brewing Co.
Two Roads Brewing Co.

While you’re enjoying  delicious beers from these breweries you can enjoy the musical stylings of:
The Woodshed Prophets-a perfect mix of riff-based rock and roll and NY-roots folk music, The Ruddy Well Band-Americana folk and rock with strong harmonies and high energy, Bella’s Bartok-purveyors of a highly danceable brand of pop that borrows from many a direction and incorporates everything, and The Revenuers-playing songs you know and songs you’ll be glad you discovered.

Snommegang is Saturday, February 28 from 2-6 PM on Main Street in Oneonta. The event is open to the public and tickets for the tasting portion of the event are available online for $50 in advance. Tickets at the door are $55. Discounted student tickets are available at the event for $40 (must have a vaild student ID.)

Hope you’ll join us tomorrow.
Allison

Nirvana IPA

Tri-State hop-heads are about to discover an entirely new state of being! Yesterday we released details about Nirvana IPA, our first-ever American-style India Pale Ale that will be available in across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. It’ll be available in mid-April in 12oz bottle six-packs and on draft.Nirvana IPA_12oz slim

Nirvana IPA is kettle-hopped with Bravo, Simcoe, Centennial, Topaz, and Mosaic, dry-hopped with Centennial, Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo and clocks in at 6.5% ABV and 60 IBUs. The flavor is hoppy, juicy and citrusy goodness – without harsh bitterness.

Innovation Manager Mike says the aromas of grapefruit, peach, pineapple and apricot are mouth-watering and the taste is a big citrus smack, rounded and juicy with tropical and floral notes and just a touch of honey malt sweetness. We’re sold.

Nirvana IPA is also the first Ommegang beer that will be produced at our sister-brewery Boulevard in Kansas City, MO. Mike developed the recipe here in Cooperstown and then worked with Boulevard’s amazing team of brewers on the pilot batches.

Why is Boulevard brewing this beer? The reason is very simple: Boulevard is family and their hop-forward beer experience and dry-hopping capabilities coupled with their automated ability to produce six-packs (which we currently cannot) made them the perfect fit for our new beer.

We’re really excited about this new addition to our line up and can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Stay tuned for details about other new beers.

Cheers,
Allison