Soup for the Soul

Red Curry Butternut Squash and Apple Cider Soup

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Spring is finally upon us!  But if you live in the northern climates (i.e. upstate New York), you may be experiencing a bit of a cold snap this week.  To help keep our spirits up (and our bodies warm), our own Chef Evan Brown whipped up a batch of delicious Spicy Red Curry  Butternut Squash and Apple Cider soup at Cafe Ommegang this week!  This soup, both sweet and savory with a hint of spice, has been so popular this week, we couldn’t help but share the recipe for those of you not able to join us at the brewery.  Fortunately, it happens to pair well with a variety of our beers (particularly Witte and Rare Vos) as the soup’s fresh citrus, curry, and other spicy tropical notes match the spice in the beer while enhancing all of its refreshing qualities.  Enjoy this soup in any season and climate, and especially with your favourite Ommegang beer!

Red Curry Butternut Squash and Apple Cider Soup

Yield 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 butternut squash

1 shallot sliced

2 garlic clove sliced

1 apple cored and diced

1-2 T red curry paste (depending on how spicy you want it)

2 c fresh apple cider

1 13oz can coconut milk

1 T brown sugar

1 lime juiced

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Cilantro (for garnish)

Procedure:

1-      Cut stem end off of squash. Cut in half length wise and scoop out seeds with spoon. Put cleaned squash in a pan large and deep enough to hold squash and about one inch of water. Wrap pan with plastic wrap and then foil. Bake in a 350 degree oven until very tender (1-2 hours). Remove from oven let cool until the squash can be handled, and scoop meat of squash away from skin. Set aside.

2-      In a pot heat oil and sweat shallot, apple, and garlic clove. Once tender add curry paste and brown sugar. Cook for about 2 minutes until paste and sugar start to turn brown. Add coconut milk and apple cider. Stir and bring to a boil.

3-      Add squash and lime juice. Bring to a boil. Blend soup and adjust seasoning with fish sauce. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

 

 

Miami HopChef Competitors Draft Their Ommegang Beers

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Miami’s beer-forward HopChef competitors and their beer pairings are:Miami HopChef competitors took part in a “Draught Draft” on Tuesday, April 8 at the Biltmore Hotel’s 19th Hole. Following a guided tasting by our Miami Market Manager Jessica Suarez, each chef randomly selected a style of beer that will then be used to pair with their culinary creations during the HopChef competition at the Biltmore Hotel on April 28.

Miami’s beer-forward HopChef competitors and their beer pairings are:

Participating chefs are now starting to develop their dishes and pairing strategies.  Miami foodies and beer-enthusiasts have a chance to try the Ommegang beers at participating chefs’ restaurants leading up to the competition.  Stay tuned for more opportunities to get in on the local HopChef action!

HopChef Tickets

To attend the HopChef Competition and taste the beer and food pairings, tickets are available for $75 each at http://hopchef2014.ticketleap.com/Miami

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Announcing HopChef Competition coming to Boston on May 21st!

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For the second consecutive year, Brewery Ommegang is bringing its acclaimed HopChef competition to the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts on May 21st. Leading local chefs will face off in a beer and food pairing culinary competition using Ommegang’s Belgian style ales to compete for the title of Boston’s HopChef 2014.  This year’s line-up of competing chefs includes:

Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills to be judged by a panel of esteemed beer and food-industry professionals.  The Boston judging panel includes StarChef.com’s Will Blunt, Craigie on Main Chef Tony Maws and Brewbound.com Editor Chris Furnari, with more to be announced shortly.

Join us in Boston on May 21st to sip, savor, spectate, and vote for your favorite beer and food pairing!

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Competition Details:

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Time:  7:00 – 10:00pm

Location:The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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Tickets:
Tickets are $65 each and include samples of each chef’s signature dish, accompanying Ommegang beers, a commemorative Brewery Ommegang glass, People’s Choice voting, music and merriment!

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Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2014

We are really excited that tickets for “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown” 2014 go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday, April 1) at noon! BCTC is our annual celebration of Belgian and Belgian-style beer, food, music, and all-things-fun. BCTC is August 8 and 9 at the brewery (which will be closed to the public on those days) and we’re transforming the grounds into “Sin City” for a Vegas-themed event.

Tickets will be available through Etix.com, Ommegang.com, or by clicking the link on our Facebook event page.

A new feature we’ve added this year is a Game of Thrones Experience. While we JUST released Fire and Blood Red Ale, this experience at BCTC gives guests the first chance to receive a bottle of our not-yet-named fourth Game of Thrones-inspired ale, slated for release in fall 2014. This experience also includes a commemorative Game of Thrones glass, and your photo on a replica of the Iron Throne from the show.  This experience is included in all VIP ticket packages, and a limited number of upgrades will be available for General Admission and General Admission + Camping ticket holders.

VIP tickets sell out very fast, and all other tickets typically sell out the day they go on sale.  If you get a VIP ticket, the Iron throne is yours! If you are joining us with a General Admission or General Admission + Camping ticket, you will have a chance to upgrade your ticket during check out for only $25.

If you’ve been part of BCTC in the past, we hope you’ll join us again. If you are new to BCTC, we promise it’s an experience unlike any other. It’s not the biggest beer festival in the world, but it’s the most beautiful and the most fun.

Here are videos from BCTC 2011 and BCTC 2012 to get you pumped for the event. Good luck with ticket purchases tomorrow and don’t forget to “join” the event to be looped in for BCTC details.

Fire and Blood Launch

UPDATE 4/14: B-21 has Fire and Blood in stock.

UPDATE 4/7: CraftShack.com is sold out of Fire and Blood but Totalwine has it in stock.

UPDATE 4/2: We saw last night that CraftShack.com has Fire and Blood in stock.

Finally, the day you all have been waited for is here, as March 31 marks the first official day of Fire and Blood sales. There are always a lot of questions floating around on how to get the beer so we thought it would be helpful to offer some tips and explain a few elements of the process.

Fire and Blood has three unique labels that are randomly distributed throughout the cases. Each bottle contains the same beer. Each case has at least one of each type of label.

Ommegang is currently not distributed in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Fire and Blood Red Ale will also not be for sale in these states. Ommegang beers are only exported to a few provinces of Canada at the moment so Fire and Blood will only be available outside of the United States in British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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 them here as they come in.

The first available sales day is Monday, March 31st. Not all stores or bars will be launching the beer this day as their delivery time for this week may vary.

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.

We have a limited stock of the official Game of Thrones® Fire and Blood glassware available on our e-store.

We have more than tripled the amount of beer we have produced in the past in hopes that everyone is able to get a chance to purchase the beer. Happy hunting.