A look at Three-Eyed Raven

Yesterday, Fast Company announced the name and style of our next Game of Thrones-
inspired beer, Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale. 

Three-Eyed Raven Bottle

Before we get to the excited beer details, here are answers to some FAQs: Three-Eyed Raven will be available this spring in the run up to the season premiere of Game of Thrones. Ommegang is not available in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Three-Eyed Raven will also 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.

The 7.2% ABV ale will be available on draft (sixth-barrels) and in corked bottles (25.4 ounces). The recommended retail price is $9.50 per bottle.

Three-Eyed Raven is the fifth beer in the partnership between HBO and Brewery Ommegang.  Like its predecessors, the beer is inspired by themes and plot points from the award-winning HBO series. As season four wound down, the storyline of Bran and the three-eyed raven reached a shocking climax that portends dark and momentous events in store for the people of Westeros. A dark take on the classic saison style seemed most appropriate for the latest beer.

“A dark saison is a style that we’ve been intrigued with for a while now and one that’s open to a broader stylistic interpretation,” said Mike McManus, Brewery Ommegang’s Innovation Manager.  “When we zeroed in on Bran’s storyline with HBO, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to brew something with many different characteristics and attributes – a beer that’s not truly one thing or another. It is definitely the most unique beer in the series to date, which is very exciting.”

“Going into season five, Game of Thrones is bigger than ever, and we’ve learned very quickly over the past four beer releases that fans of this show are thirsty for Ommegang’s innovative and carefully conceived brews,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. “We’re certain those fans will be just as surprised by the complexity of Three-Eyed Raven as they were by Bran’s discovery at the end of season four.”

Three-Eyed Raven is brewed with a carefully crafted mixture of specialty malts, including malted rye, midnight wheat (provides depth of color but not the roasty flavor of a dark beer), and dark candi sugar. It’s hopped with Hallertau Spalt Select, Tettnang, and Bravo hops, which give the beer a spicy, fruity character. A fair amount of late-addition hops are added for character. Three-Eyed Raven is fermented and bottle-conditioned with Ommegang’s signature house yeast.

Saison qualities dominate Three-Eyed Raven with fruity esters, clean floral hops aromas, a light malt character with just a hint of roast and a pleasant yeastiness in the taste, and a crisp finish with lingering herbal hops and dry rye notes. The label art, which features the three-eyed raven, was created using an actual concept design illustration from the series.

Previous beers in the highly successful collaboration include: Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale (available now), Fire and Blood Red Ale (spring 2014), Take the Black Stout (fall 2013), and Iron Throne Blonde Ale (spring 2013.) The first three beers in the series completely sold out and Valar Morghulis is well on its way, despite being brewed at nearly 4x the volume of Iron Throne. 

Counting the days until spring…

Allison, Brian, and Mike

Brewery Ommegang Presents Fall Crawl: Upstate Invades the City

Brewery Ommegang Presents
Fall Crawl
 Upstate Invades the City
November 5th – 8th

Four days of hop-scotching events showcasing Upstate’s best take on food, fun and beer brings the best of Upstate to NYC. For a few days at least Ommegang’s Cooperstown home is brought to life in the Big Apple.

Wednesday

  • Taproom 307 – 307 3rd Ave – 6-9PM – Meet Brewer Mike McManus while tasting Scythe & Sickle, 3 Philosophers, Hop House, Witte, Chocolate Indulgence, Adoration and Upside Brown.
  • Good Beer – 422 E 9th St – 6:30PM – Keep the glass night for first 60 customers. Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis, Scythe & Sickle Harvest ale and a rare keg of Barrel Aged Adoration.
  • BXL East – 210 E 51st St – 5-7PM – Join us for a keep the glass night featuring Cuvee de BXL, Fleur de Houblon, Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis, BID IPA and Scythe & Sickle. (Glassware while supplies last)
  • BXL Cafe – 125 W 43rd St – 5-7PM – Join us for a keep the glass night featuring Cuvee de BXL, Witte and Abbey ale. (Glassware while supplies last)
  • BXL Zoute – 50 W 22nd St – 5-7PM – Join us for a keep the glass night featuring Cuvee de BXL, Hop House and Abbey ale. (Glassware while supplies last)
  • PONY Hell’s Kitchen – 637 10th Ave – 6-9PM – Stop by for a special tapping of a rare keg of Barrel Aged Adoration and other Ommegang specialties on tap.
  • ABC Beer – 96 Avenue C -6-9PM – Try some special cheese pairings with Ommegang Chef Evan Brown with Witte, Rare Vos, Hennepin, Gnomegang and 3 Philosophers on tap.
  • O’Lunneys – 145 W 45th St – 6-9PM – Time Square Hootenanny with special guest Naked Cowboy. Get ready for a night of fun paired with Witte and Hennepin.
  • FISHTAG – 222 W 79th St – Taste their delightful pairing menu paired with Cooperstown ale, Hop House Rare Vos and 3 Philosophers. Each purchase of the tasting menu enters you into a raffle of a Ommegang gift basket. View the pairing menu here.

Thursday

  • Whole Foods Tribeca – 270 Greenwich St - 4-7PM – Tap takeover and cheese pairing
  • Whole Foods Columbus Circle – 10 Columbus Cir – 4-7PM -Tap takeover and cheese pairing featuring Game of Thrones Fire & Blood and Valar Morghulis.
  • Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen – 87 2nd Ave – 6-9PM – Tap takeover with Scythe & Sickle, Gnomegang, Three Philosophers, Witte, Valar Morghulis, and Barrel Aged Adoration.
  • Mudville 9 – 126 Chambers St – 6-9PM – Special wings/beer tasting menu. 12 wings, 4 flavors, 3 8oz pours. Thai sauce with Scythe & Sickle, Jerk sauce with Rare Vos and Medium Buffalo with Hop House.
  • Rattle n Hum – 14 E 33rd St – 6-9PM – Meet Ommegang brewer Mike McManus with a tap takeover including Witte, Rare Vos, Hop House, Hennepin, Abbey, 3 Philosophers, Gnomegang, Scythe & Sickle, Chocolate Indulgence, Tripel Perfection, Barrel aged Adoration and bottles of Upside Brown.
  • Beer Culture – 328 W 45th St – 6-9PM – Wear a flannel, get a glass to take home. Buy a beer, get a raffle ticket for some special Ommegang prizes. Chicken Spiedies slider combo special. Special keg of Barrel aged Adoration as well as Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis, Hop House and Upside Brown.
  • FISHTAG – 222 W 79th St -Taste their delightful pairing menu paired with Cooperstown ale, Hop House Rare Vos and 3 Philosophers. Each purchase of the tasting menu enters you into a raffle of a Ommegang gift basket. View the pairing menu here.
  • Beer Culture328 W 45th St – 6-9PM – Wear a flannel, get a glass to take home. Buy a beer, get a raffle ticket for some special Ommegang prizes. Chicken Spiedies slider combo special. Special keg of Barrel aged Adoration as well as Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis, Hop House and Upside Brown.

Friday

  • Top Hops – 94 Orchard St – 6-9PM – Join us as we break out the Three Philosophers vertical with different vintages from 2011, 2012 and 2013. Meet Brewers Mike McManus and Justin “Beard” Forsythe.
  • Foley’s – 18 W 33rd St – 7-9PM – Beer and baseball, what more could you ask for? Join us for a special raffle featuring Cooperstown ale bats signed by legend Joe Torre. Featuring Scythe & Sickle, Hop House and Gnomegang on draft.
  • Royal Palms Brooklyn – 514 Union St – 5-8PM – Battle the brewers to shuffleboard and win some Ommegang prizes. Step up and let’s see what you got while we sip on Witte, Rare Vos, Hop House and Scythe & Sickle.
  • Whole Foods Union Square – 4 Union Square S – 3-6PM – Tap takeover and cheese pairing.
  • FISHTAG – 222 W 79th St -Taste their delightful pairing menu paired with Cooperstown ale, Hop House Rare Vos and 3 Philosophers. Each purchase of the tasting menu enters you into a raffle of a Ommegang gift basket. View the pairing menu here.

Saturday

  • Bronx Beer Hall – 2344 Arthur Ave – 12PM – Meet Brewers Mike McManus, Justin “Beard” Foresythe and Scott “Handsome Guy” Veltman and try the beer pairing menu.
  • FISHTAG – 222 W 79th St – Taste their delightful pairing menu paired with Cooperstown ale, Hop House Rare Vos and 3 Philosophers. Each purchase of the tasting menu enters you into a raffle of a Ommegang gift basket. View the pairing menu here.

Waffles and Puppets!

Join us for Waffles and Puppets, our annual brewery birthday party, on October 25 from 11am to 5pm.

For the kids we have “The Puppet People” from Albany, NY bringing “The Wizard of Oz” to life on stage with their hand-crafted puppets. There will be a magician performing throughout the event, craft vendors, face-painting, bounce houses, games, a balloon artist, and a book tent where children may select a book to take home.  Hot, Belgian-style waffles, other food items, and Ommegang beer is available for purchase for the duration of the event.

WP Square

There will be a costume parade at 2pm for children who wish to attend the event in their Halloween costume. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

Admission to Waffles and Puppets is free.  For attendees 12 and over, a $2 donation to the Rotary Club is suggested.  Tickets for the activities will be available for purchase at the entrance.

The visitor’s center will be open for for tours and tastings during the event and the cafe will be open as well.

The Cooperstown Rotary Club’s annual fall event is its biggest fundraiser of the year, enabling Rotary to fund a variety of programs and charities that benefit the local community and communities around the globe.  Proceeds from Waffles and Puppets will benefit local programs such as the Cooperstown Food Pantry, the Angel Network, Village Parks, and countless youth organizations like Scout troops and Girls on the Run.

Hope to see you there.

Allison and Brian

Valar Morghulis

UPDATE 10/7: Craftshack.com has Valar Morghulis back in stock.

It’s 50 degrees at the brewery today and while we’re hoping for a few more days of warm weather, it seems that fall is taking hold. One upside to the cooler weather is the arrival of our fall seasonal, Scythe & Sickle harvest ale (available now) and Valar Morghulis Dubbel ale, our latest Game of Thrones-inspired beer, which will be on shelves soon.

There are always a lot of questions about how to get the Game of Thrones-inspired beers. It seemed helpful when we posted about finding Fire and Blood last spring so here are some tips and a few elements of the process to assist our friends this time around.

We’ve heard your shouts to make more so we have increased production to 100 brews for Valar Morghulis in the hopes that more fans will be able to enjoy the beer. 100 brews is the equivalent of 666,000 bottles or 132,000 gallons.

Valar Morghulis 750ml Bottle

Ommegang is currently not distributed in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Valar Morghulis will also not be for sale in these states. Ommegang beers are only exported to a few provinces of Canada at the moment so Valar Morghulis 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 here as they come in.

The first available sales day is Wednesday, October 1st. 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 Valar Morghulis at the brewery store from 12-5pm beginning Friday, September 26th.

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 and Brian

Cooperstown Field Day is October 4. We’re bringing the beer.

We love a good party and our beautiful hometown is getting ready to throw a big one. Cooperstown Field Day is Saturday, October 4 from 12-9PM.

The Village  of Cooperstown is blocking off Main Street from the traffic light to the library on the day of the event. Haven’t been to Cooperstown before? We have one traffic light. One. And also one library. So if you’re coming to town and need directions, just mention either of those landmarks to a local and they’ll get you there.

There will be live music featuring Iron Horse Bluegrass, a farmer’s market, pumpkins, the CNY Cornhole Tournament, activities for kids, and an arts walk. The event is FREE and family-friendly.

During the event, attendees 21+ can swing over by Pioneer Street for Nine Innings of Beer. For $20, you can sample Ommegang ales paired with delicious dishes from some of our favorite local restaurants.

Field Days Poster_V6Signups for the CNY Cornhole Tournament are at noon that day. Tickets for the Nine Innings of Beer are available at noon as well.

9am – Cooperstown Farmers Market Opens

12pm – Main St. activities open

12pm – CNY Cornhole Tournament registration start

1pm – CNY Cornhole Tournament begins

2pm – 6pm: 9 Innings of Food & Beer begins

Pioneer Park Music Schedule:

12:00p – Mary & The Bogarts – Mary & The Bogarts have been a staple of the local Cooperstown music scene for years. Their dancy, unique selection of covers will get you moving early.

1:30p – Wayne Carrington & Friends – Spirited folk music from the heart of NY. Folk, blues, country, and a little fried up rock n’ roll meet in the middle in this intoxicating blend of Americana.

3:15p – Gradient- Gradient’s infections set-list is chock full of all your favorites.

5:00p – Blues Maneuver- One of the Catskill region’s premier bands for more than a decade. The bands top-notch musicianship and vast repertoire make them ideal music fans for all ages.

7:00p – Iron Horse – Best known for their spirited covers and “Pickin’ On:” albums; Iron Horse brings Field Days to a close in style. Whether they’re pickin’ on Elton John, Modest Mouse, Metallica, or Van Halen their unique style of Bluegrass will have you dancing long into the night.

Hope you’ll join us on October 4th to celebrate the culture, history, artistry, and community of Cooperstown.

HUGE thanks to the event sponsors (in no particular order) The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Preferred Mutual, Taylors, The Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown Bat Company, Carbone Auto Group, Otsego County Tourism, New York Central Mutual, Green & Green Law Office, Paperkite Creative, The Farmer’s Museum, The Fenimore Art Museum and of course, our lovely Village of Cooperstown.

Allison