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.

Joemmegang

We’re excited for you to try Joemmegang, the newest beer in our Brewmaster’s Obsession series. We think that it’s a perfect marriage of coffee, beer, and chocolate.

The beer begins as a malty brown ale, comprised of Belgian aroma, caramel malts, and oats. A bit of lactose adds body and some sweetness, and a heaping helping of cocoa nibs in the whirlpool provides further richness, and a deep chocolaty aroma.  Hop aroma is nonexistent, and bitterness is there just to keep the sweetness in check.

We worked with our great friends at Stagecoach Coffee in Cooperstown to come up with a custom coffee blend that complimented our base beer. Sumatra, Papua New Guinea, and French roast form a combination with chocolate, earth, spice, fruit, and light roast characteristics. Following primary fermentation the beer is cold crashed and yeast is removed. Coffee is added to a secondary tank and the beer is circulated through the freshly roasted beans to extract even more flavor and aroma.

The result is really something special: aromas of cold brewed coffee, milk chocolate and rich malt – the taste follows, round, smooth and creamy, with a touch of sweetness.

Joemmegang will be available in bottles and on draft later this month in: CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA

Cheers.
Mike

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

UPDATE: Ommegang beers are available only in the United States and a few places in Canada. We cannot ship overseas and are unaware of any retailers that sell/ship beer outside the US.

BUY ONLINE: Craftshack.com has Three-Eyed Raven in stock.

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. 

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.

Happy hunting,
Allison