Ommegang Innovation Beers at BCTC

Mike McManusOur Innovation Manager Mike McManus is responsible for developing news beers with the staff brewers and refining recipes. He says he has one of the best jobs at the brewery. Mike has been whipping up some interesting new beers on the pilot system this year and he’ll be pouring some of them at BCTC this weekend.

Here’s what’ll be rotating through the innovation tap on Saturday:

Bourbon Barrel Adoration 11.6% ABV
Adoration winter ale aged in Catskill Distilling Bourbon Barrels

Calypso Hennepin 7.7% ABV
Hennepin Saison with Calypso hops in kettle addition and dry-hopping

Gose 4.5% ABV
Tart, salty, spiced with toasted coriander and lemon and lime zest

Table Beer 3.5% ABV
“Dry-zested” with lemon and orange

Session IPA 4.5% ABV
Equinox single hop IPA

Coffee Ale 7.5% ABV
Full bodied amber ale with coffee, chocolate, and milk sugar

Dark Saison (% ABV
Dark farmhouse ale

There are very limited quantities of these beers and there’s no particular pouring schedule. The innovation tap at the Ommegang table will be like beer roulette so stop by a few times and try what Mike has on tap. You’re sure to walk away a winner.


BCTC FAQ: It’s starting to feel like Vegas!

It’s starting to feel like Vegas at Ommegang! The tents are going up, the beer is rolling in, and we’re busy putting the venue together for our Las Vegas-themed Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival this weekend. View the schedule of events here.

Below is information about parking, check in, the main event, camping, and safety. For those without tickets to BCTC, please note we are closed to the public on Friday and Saturday for the event. We are open for regular tours, tastings and the store and cafe on Sunday at 11am.


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!

Handicap parking is available in the parking field on either side of the check in tent.


The check-in tent is located between the parking lot and the brewery grounds. Please have a photo ID with you when you check in. BCTC is a 21+ event.

Check-in for VIPs is Friday from 12-6PM. Check-in for participating breweries is also Friday from 12-6PM. Check-in for Tasting and Tasting+Camping ticket holders is Saturday starting at 12pm.

VIPs will receive their tasting glass at the dinner on Friday night. Tasting and Tasting+Camping ticket holders will receive their tasting glass at check-in on Saturday. Don’t lose your glass!

Volunteers may check in at the volunteer table in the admissions tent to receive their tee shirts. Volunteer shirts should only be worn during your volunteer shift. Volunteer questions should be directed to Sami Kadhim at

The Main Event

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.

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 event staff will be removed from the property. No exceptions.

Personal cameras are allowed at the event. Drone/aerial photography is not allowed without prior consent/insurance verification. Contact with media/photography inquiries.

Only vendors licensed with Brewery Ommegang and with New York State are allowed to vend at Ommegang events. No exceptions.


No campfires or charcoal grills are 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, port-a-potties and shower trailers are located near the camping area. All campers will need to vacate the camping area by 12pm on Sunday, August 10.


Medical personnel will be on site for emergencies. If you require assistance at any time please contact one of our event, security or medical personnel.

Plan to get home safely. Taxi services are available. Don’t drink and drive.

Please let us know if you have a question that we haven’t answered! We strive to make every event at Ommegang a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees, performers, and our staff. We appreciate your adherence to our policies. 

BCTC Schedule

Are you heading to Belgium Comes to Cooperstown this weekend? We have a full schedule of things to see, taste, and do!


12:00 pm          Registration opens for all breweries/importers/VIP ticket holders
9pm                  Registration closes for all breweries/importers
6-10 pm            VIP dinner w/ music
10:30 pm          National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation plays outside
12:00am           Midnight bonfire


9am                  Registration opens for breweries and importers
10am                Game of Thrones Experience Tent opens (ticketed event)
11:00 am           Brewery store & tours open
12pm                 Registration opens for all Tasting and Tasting+Camping ticket holders
12pm                 Relaxation station opens
12pm                 Food vendors open
12:30pm           Circus performance by Nimble Arts
2pm                  Circus performance by Nimble Arts
2:15pm              Keep your eyes to the sky for some special guests!
2:30 pm            VIP beer tasting begins
3:00 pm            Beer tasting open for all ticket holders
3:00pm             Cigar rolling tent opens
4:00pm             HopChef session one (ticketed event)
4:00pm             Circus performance by Nimble Arts
5:00pm             Ommegang wedding chapel opens (in archway)
5:00pm             HopChef session two (ticketed event)
5:30pm             Circus performance by Nimble Arts
6:30pm             The Gambling Abbey opens — come try your luck!
6:45-7pm         HopChef winner announced on main stage
6:45pm             Our special guests from the sky return from their lofty haven!
7:00 pm            Beer tasting ends
7pm                   Store and tours close/Ommegang cash bar opens
9pm                   Ommegang wedding chapel closes
10pm                 Game of Thrones Experience Tent closes
10:30pm           The Gambling Abbey closes
12am                  Fireworks & late night movie – Austin Powers — International Man of Mystery

August is going to be awesome.

There’s a whole lot of awesome coming to Ommegang in August. Concerts, BCTC, more concerts… the month is packed with excellent events. Here’s a rundown of the calendar so you can plan accordingly:

August 1: Conor Oberst, Dawes, and The Baseball Project kick off a music-filled weekend at the brewery. Tickets are still available.

August 2: Not at Ommegang but we’re working with our lovely hometown to show “Field of Dreams” at Lake Front Park in Cooperstown. Live music by Moonalice at 7pm, movie begins at 9pm. Family friendly. Local restaurants have take-out so you can enjoy dinner down by the lake.

August 3: Old Crow Medicine Show returns to Ommegang with Langhorne Slim and The Law plus Spirit Family Reunion to round out an amazing weekend. Tickets are still available.

August 8 and 9: Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. Beer, music, food, and all-things-fun, this year with a Vegas theme. Tickets are sold out but you can follow the fun on our social media pages and with #bctc. Tickets for BCTC 2015 go on sale April 1, 2015 at noon.

August 22: Farmhouse Friday featuring Justina Soto. Held one Friday each month in the summer, Farmhouse Friday concerts feature regional artists. Admission is free, food and beer are available for purchase until 9pm. Music is from 7-9pm.

September is shaping us to be excellent as well. We start the month with Neutral Milk Hotel on September 6. Tickets available here. More September events will be announced soon.