Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale

got-21-valar-dm-2016_smallOur newest Game of Thrones-inspired beer has a name – Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale – and it’s coming to shelves and taps near you, along with a re-release of Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale!

Cases and kegs of Valar Dohaeris and special gift packs featuring a bottle of each beer plus a beautiful glass are now working their way from our distributors to your favorite stores and bars. 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 beer fans seeking out this release.

The national release date for Valar Dohaeris and the gift packs is Monday, October 10. That’s the day most retailers across the US will begin sales. If you are in the Cooperstown area, you can buy these at the brewery store beginning Saturday, October 8 (we’re open 12-5 pm daily.)

We have a beer finder that will show the locations that the beer has been sold to and you can use this to search for retailers near your zip code. 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 for this series of beers, they might even be sold out by the time it is listed on our beer finder, so we strongly encourage you to call your local retailers in advance before taking a road trip to see them. 

Valar Dohaeris and the gift packs will not be sold in Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Outside of the United States, this will be available in Ontario, Canada. There is not currently a release date set for Canada but 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. There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those here as they come in. For starters, check out Craftshack.com.

Read more about our fall Game of Thrones-inspired releases in the press release below and keep an eye our for the new beer and the gift pack in the next few weeks!

Stay warm. Winter is coming.
Cheers.
Allison

July 19, 2016: (COOPERSTOWN, NY) After an exciting season that saw the Starks reclaim the North and Cersei take the Iron Throne as the first queen of Westeros, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are introducing a new beer and bringing back a previous brew to steady the nerves of fans as they anxiously endure the show’s off-season break. Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale is the latest beer in the series and pays homage to Arya’s season-long struggles within and around the House of Black and White. This beer will be available in 750ml single bottles, on draft and also paired alongside its previously released sister-brew Valar Morghulis in a collectible gift pack which features a commemorative glass as well. Suggested retail price is $9.99 for the individual bottles and $22.99 for the gift pack. The official nationwide release to retailers is October 10.

Fans of Game of Thrones know that “Valar Morghulis” means “All Men Must Die” in High Valyrian and is traditionally answered with the phrase “Valar Dohaeris,” which means “All Men Must Serve.” Label art for both bottles features the two-headed coin, given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, which gained her passage to Braavos at the end of Season 5. Arya spent most of Season 6 in Braavos training to become a faceless assassin, making the naming of the latest beer and the decision to re-release Valar Morghulis a no-brainer.

“When we got a sense of the season’s key plot points, we knew right away Valar Dohaeris was the new beer name and that bringing back Valar Morghulis was a must,” says Bill Wetmore, General Manager and Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “And I think HBO’s fantastic idea to have the gift pack mimic the House of Black and White is really going to be a hit with fans. It looks killer and I think fans are going to scoop them up pretty quickly for gifts or for their own collections.”

“Of the classic Belgian styles, the dubbel and the tripel are two of our favorites to brew, and both are styles we’re particularly well known for,” says Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “I love the idea of releasing them together side-by-side. It is such a great way to experience them.  They are also pretty hearty and should age nicely over time, so fans can stock up to last them through the winter and to fill the void until next season.”

Originally released in 2014, Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale is a name and style selected by fans in a December 2013 social media poll. One of the fastest-selling beers in the series, fans enjoyed this classic Belgian-style because it is fairly complex and full of intrigue – much like the show itself. Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale is, much like a “faceless man,” not what it first appears to be; it shares the complexity of its sister-brew and a strength masked and belied by its lighter color.

Valar Morghulis is 8% ABV, brewed with pilsner and specialty malts and hopped with Apollo and Hallertau Spalt Select hops. The hue is deep amber-brown and aromas include caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, banana and slightly burnt sugar. The taste is well-balanced with rich malty sweetness, caramel and sugar, and just a touch of bitterness to balance. The finish is surprisingly dry and light on the tongue, a surprising counter to its aroma and initial taste.

Valar Dohaeris is 9% ABV, brewed with pils, wheat and oats, flaked barley, and hopped with noble hops. It pours a beautiful copper-tinted hue with a full, fluffy white head. Sweet grain and honey are prevalent in the aroma. The flavor opens with a bright sweetness thanks to the Belgian candi sugar used in brewing. The finish is moderately dry and effervescent with just a hint of Belgian yeast character.

Brewery Birthday Party 2016

We’re throwing ourselves a birthday party, and everyone is invited. Ommegang turns 19 this fall and we’re celebrating with a very merry un-birthday party on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 12-6 pm.

Admission is $5 at the door (children until 12 are admitted free). Admission includes beer tastings (for fete-goers 21 and up), carnival games and inflatables, brewery tours (limited spaces available, first come, first served), live music, and more.

Live music will be provided by SUNY Oneonta band Rumble Strips and local favorite Bourbon and Branch. Brewery friend Puddles Pity Party will return to sing “Happy Un-Birthday” to the brewery as well as to delight attendees with his unique covers of favorite songs.

Our party will also support one of the our favorite local organizations, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. SAS animals that are waiting for furever homes will be on site for a Doggie Fashion Show and the SAS team will accept applications from potential adoptive families.

The Ommegang Food Truck and Little Debbie’s will be vending outside  all afternoon and the café will also have a limited menu available inside that day.

Come celebrate with us!

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Meet The Lion’s Share, a collaboration with Nine Pin Cider

And now for something completely different: The Lion’s Share. our very first cider collaboration. We have teamed up with Albany, NY-based Nine Pin Cider Works, New York’s FIRST farm cidery, to create a new style of cider that combines locally grown apples and our signature house yeast.

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Nine Pin crafts The Lion’s Share from a farmhouse blend of apples sourced from Samascott Orchards in Columbia County, and ferments with our Belgian yeast. The result is a Belgian-style cider with a smooth mouth feel and complex fruit and spice notes.

Nine Pin’s co-founder and cider maker Alejandro del Peral says: “We’re excited to finally release this incredible collaboration between Nine Pin and Brewery Ommegang. The Lion’s Share represents what two New York craft producers can do together in pursuit of establishing the Empire State as the leader in the craft beverage revolution.”

Our brewmaster Phil Leinhart says: “It’s very exciting to collaborate with Nine Pin on something totally different. Our house yeast brings such interesting tastes and aromas to “barley juice” that I can’t wait to see what it does with “apple juice”!

The Lion’s Share is 5.9% ABV and will be sold in 12 oz. cans only at Nine Pin and Cafe Ommegang.

If you’re in the Albany-area, you can try The Lion’s Share at Cider and Sliders on 8/4. BCTC-goers will also have the opportunity to try it at this weekend’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival.

Cheers!
#thinknydrinkny

Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2016: Breweries and Beers

Hello hello! Belgium is Coming to Cooperstown in just a few days and we now have all the brewery and beer information ready to share with you. Thanks for your patience while we compiled the list!

This year you’ll have the opportunity to sample 400 beers from 113 breweries! Brewery list image

You can view the beer list by clicking here: BCTC 2016 Beer List

Remember to sample safely and responsibly! Hydrate with water throughout the day (H2Ommegang is available for free throughout the grounds) and let EMS or Wescott Security know if you’re feeling less than 100%. Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

The Lumineers: General Admission Information

Hello, friends!

July 30 is going to be an amazing day at Brewery Ommegang as we welcome The Lumineers with very special guest Langhorne Slim & The Law plus Rayland Baxter to the brewery stage. Our friends at Dan Smalls Presents recently sent an email to ticket holders to share important concert information. Below is that very same important information about our unique venue that will help you plan your day and make it more enjoyable. Please read it thoroughly.

SCHEDULE
*please note that times are subject to change*
3:00 pm – Parking lots open for all ticket holders
4:00 pm – Will Call opens
5:00 pm – Main Gates Open
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Ticketing questions should be directed to your place of purchase:
Front Gate Tickets: http://www.frontgatetickets.com/support/contact/

PARKING
All parking is free! Brewery Ommegang’s event parking lot opens at 3:00 pm.

Space is limited. Carpooling is recommended and encouraged! 

All concert goers must arrive to the brewery via County Road 33 FROM THE SOUTH and make a right hand turn into the venue.  No vehicles traveling from the north will be admitted into the parking lot.  

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When the brewery lot is full, all traffic will be directed to the satellite parking lot located at Wood Bull Antiques on Route 28.  Shuttle buses will run constantly to and from the brewery for this short trip.

There is absolutely no parking on the side of the road.  Cars will be towed immediately. RVs of any kind are NOT ALLOWED in any event parking areas.

The address for Brewery Ommegang is 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown NY 13326.
The address for the satellite parking lot at Wood Bull Antiques is 3920 Route 28, Milford NY 13807.

VENUE
Please remember that the brewery is closed to the public on event days. We’ll open at 11:00 am on Sunday for regular service: tours, tastings, store, cafe.

There is no reentry to the concert area unless you are camping at the brewery. Camping passes are sold out and no upgrades will be available at the gate. 

Our staff and volunteers are very friendly. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need help. Our security personnel are highly trained and there are EMTs on site for your assistance.

Brewery Ommegang is an outdoor venue. Please plan for the weather. The event is rain or shine! You’re welcome to bring chairs and blankets to sit on at the show.

No outside food or beverage is allowed in the concert area. These items are allowed in the camping area. There will be many varieties of food for sale by Brewery Ommegang and additional independent vendors. There are options for vegetarians, etc. There are ATMs on site. Performers and Brewery Ommegang will be selling merchandise.

No open flames (i.e. no charcoal or propane grills, no campfires) are allowed anywhere on the grounds, including the camping area and the parking area.

No alcohol may be consumed by persons less than 21 years of age. Non-adherence will result in removal from event grounds.

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

Please do not bring any weapons, explosives, or illicit substances into the concert area.

Please respect our property and staff. Anyone caught damaging property or buildings, or being abusive to any of our concert staff (volunteers included) will be removed from the property. There will be no exceptions.

Our staff reserves the right to cut off alcohol service to any individual that appears to be intoxicated. This is at the discretion of the servers.

Only vendors licensed with Brewery Ommegang and with NYS are allowed to set up and sell at Ommegang events. No exceptions.

ALCOHOL
When it comes to alcohol, please know your limits. Brewery Ommegang beers are strong. Please drink in moderation and savor the flavor while knowing when to stop.

We take underage drinking very seriously and anyone breaking the rules will be asked to leave.

And please… please DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. We would be happy to call anyone a taxi or even drive you home safely. We care about your safety and hope you will respect yourselves and others by having a designated driver to keep our roads safe. Need a taxi? All-Star Taxi – (607)267-1834

BEER INFORMATION
The beverage list for the show is Witte, Rare Vos, Nirvana IPA, and Hopstate, and gluten-free Nine Pin Hard Cider. 

More than 50 United Way volunteers will man the beer tent at the show to pour beer for tips. Tips donated will go directly to United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties. United Way programs address areas such as health, financial stability, and education of local children and families. Learn more about http://www.unitedwaydo.org/.

We look forward to seeing a sold out crowd at the show and hope everyone has a safe, fun, and memorable time!

Cheers!