Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival 2016

Snommegang 2016 LogoFriends, we are once again partnering with American On Tap to bring our SNOMMEGANG INVITATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL back to Main Street in Oneonta, NY! Join us on Saturday, March 12 from 2-6 pm for beer tasting, live music, and more! A little cold weather (well, maybe. Who knows with this winter!) won’t keep us from taking over Main Street and enjoying beers from 30+ breweries from around the country.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 day-of, and $45 for students with valid student ID (must purchase student tickets at the event). To buy tickets and/or sign up to volunteer, visit the event website.

Additional information is below in the press release from AOT.

Hope to see you in March!

Brewery Ommegang has announced their continued partnership with America On Tap, the country’s leading producer of premium craft beer festivals, to further expand their successful Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival this winter. Snommegang returns for a third year to Main Street in Oneonta, NY on Saturday, March 12 from 2-6pm.

In addition to Brewery Ommegang and their six brewing siblings, more than 30 breweries from across the United States will each pour at least two of their best offerings at the event. The beer tasting is accompanied by live music, food and activities – all within heated tents along Muller Plaza and surrounding businesses on Main Street. The second annual event held in February 2015 sold out with over 1,100 attendees. The 2016 event will expand the tasting tents to include more breweries and more space for tasting.

America On Tap Beer Festivals is the first and only national live event series dedicated to showcasing specialty and craft breweries from around the globe, while also delivering authentic, craft beer-focused experiences filled with live music, great vendors, and delicious local food.

“While the weather may be questionable this winter, there’s no doubt that this year’s Snommegang will be one for the record books,” said Bill Wetmore, Brewery Ommegang’s general manager. “We were absolutely thrilled to bring such a unique event to life in Oneonta for a third year and are excited to partner again with America On Tap as it will allow us to even further amplify the energy, fun, and great craft beer. We look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces at this year’s event.”

“We are excited to partner with Brewery Ommegang and look forward to a very successful Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival,” said A.J. Bodden, executive producer, America on Tap. “Our goal is to deliver a more robust festival experience by providing the best of the local and national craft beer scene for an unforgettable and authentic beer experience.”

Music and activities in Muller Plaza are free and open to the public. Tickets to the tasting portion of Snommegang are $50 each and are available now on the event website, Day-of tickets will be $55 and tickets for students with a valid student ID will be available at the event for $45.

Our 2nd Annual Fall Crawl


NYC, we’re heading your way October 22-24! Here’s the press release we published this morning about our 2nd annual fall crawl.

It’s a marriage made in hop-heaven. Upstate New York’s Brewery Ommegang is once again trekking south for a fall crawl. This year’s edition, aptly re-named the “Five-Borough Bar Crawl,” features partnerships with a quintet of the City’s most interesting craft brewers, a couple interesting brewing collaborations, bus and walking tours of NYC’s best bars in each borough, and to top it off, a feel-good element as well. Ticket sales for the three-day event running October 22-24 benefit the Northeastern Hop Alliance, a coalition of brewers, farmers, and educators dedicated to re-establishing commercial specialty hops production in New York and the Northeast.

The participating metro breweries include: Bronx Brewery in Bronx, Birerria in Manhattan, Threes Brewing Company in Brooklyn, Flagship Brewing Company in Staten Island, and Finback Brewery in Queens. They will be working closely with Brewery Ommegang on organizing the fun and attracting participants, with two of the breweries utilizing NYS hops provided by Ommegang to develop collaborative beers to feature and showcase as well. Birerria is making a hop-forward amber ale that they will pour for crawlers on Saturday at their signature event. Brooklyn-based Threes Brewing is going a step further and making a collaboration with Ommegang, a hoppy saison, playfully named Was it Good for You?, available for sale for a limited time throughout the state.

“Nothing gets us more excited than heading down to the city and soaking in all the amazing craft spirit emanating from the great bars and breweries based there,” said Bill Wetmore, General Manager and Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “A lot of city-dwellers head upstate to enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquility we have to offer – for us, our fall excursions are a chance to run the reverse. And I am very excited this year that not only are we hitting all five boroughs, we are working with some really creative breweries to bring a lot of fun and support a great cause.”

Complete schedules and start times for each day’s crawl can be found at the ticket portals listed below. Attendees will receive a commemorative gift, and will be given the chance to sample both Ommegang and the participating brewery’s beer. Brewers and staff from both Brewery Ommegang and participating microbreweries will join attendees throughout the crawl. Each borough crawl will feature an event at the participating microbreweries, followed by tap takeovers at surrounding bars throughout the neighborhood. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets at,,,,  Tickets are $20 and are good for one borough, with all proceeds going to NeHA.

If you’re in the NYC area, we hope you’ll join us.


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Our very merry un-birthday.


Next month, we turn 18! And while we’re still a few years shy of the legal drinking age, we’re going to celebrate our 18th birthday with “a very merry un-birthday” party commemorating 18 years of beer, music, fun, and community involvement. The event is Saturday, October 17, from 4-9 pm at the brewery (656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY).

In collaboration with presenting sponsor More Art Space from Oneonta, NY, the event will feature interactive games, art installations, a small shop of wonders where local artists will sell their art work, magic shows, fire throwing, and live music by Bella’s Bartok and Puddles Pity Party, the sad clown with the golden voice. Gourmet food will be available for purchase including whimsical breakfast items like giant pancakes and miniature sausages. And of course, no brewery birthday party would be complete without a giant birthday cake and beer. Lots and lots of beer.

A word from our GM, Bill: “For the past 18 years, we’ve been so fortunate to call Cooperstown home and we truly believe one of the biggest reasons for our success is the support and involvement of the local community. This event is as much about celebrating our community as it is celebrating our birthday. We hope to see both new and familiar faces at our birthday party. No presents are required. Community presence is present enough!”

Thanks to generous sponsorships by local businesses Norwich Beverage Corporation, ISD, Green & Green Attorneys at Law, Northern Eagle Hops Pelletizing Company, Catskill Food Company, and Topstitch, the event is free to the public. For guests who would like to give a birthday present, donation stations will be set up around the event and all donations will benefit The Arc Otsego, which creates opportunities for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families throughout Otsego County.

Our birthday party is appropriate for all ages and we liken it to our summer concert series: suitable for families but without activities specifically designed for kids. On Facebook? Join the event page for updates and information about artists and their installations, music, the schedule of events, etc.

Hope you’ll join us! Cheer!


Innovation Beers at BCTC 2015

Innovation Manager Mike McManus and the staff brewers have had a busy year developing new beers on the brewery’s pilot system and seven of their test brews will be available for sampling at BCTC on Saturday.

As these are test brews, only one or two sixtels of each beer are available. There isn’t a set schedule for tapping on Saturday so swing by the Ommegang table a couple of times during the tasting to see what new beer is rotating through the Innovation Tap.

Table beer (3.7% abv): Supremely drinkable Saison. Herbal and citrus aroma, notably lemon.

Motueka Hennepin (7.2% abv): Hennepin with late addition and dry-hopping. Lemon/Lime, noble spice, light fruit.

Hoppy Wheat (7% abv): Punchy American hop aromas married with Ommegang house yeast character. Creamy mouthfeel.

Double IPA (8.9% abv): Massive hop aroma and flavor. Tropical, strawberry, tart citrus. Mosaic, Mandarina, Centennial and others.

Oak-Aged Gnomegang (10.8% abv): Gnomegang blonde ale aged in Cooperstown Distilling whisky barrels. Big barrel character, vanilla, orange.

Funky Saison (6% abv):  Crisp, funky, tart. Lemon and lime. Dry hopped w/ Motueka

Raspberry/Cherry Black Ale (6.2% abv): Smooth Belgian black ale aged w/ Raspberry and Cherry puree. Huge juicy, tart fruit.

2015 Summer Concert Series

WHAT A SUMMER! These concerts are over. Stay tuned for the 2016 show list. 

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.


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 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 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.


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 

T-3 day

T-3 days to the opening show! Tents are going up outside the visitor’s center.