WHAT DOES OMMEGANG MEAN?
When King Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, visited medieval Brussels in 1549 with hundreds from his Royal Court, local merchants, vendors, cooks, brewers, musicians, theater troupes, dancers and more lined up around the city walls and joined in a celebration as his entourage passed by. That parade became known as the “Ommegang,” a word that variously means “coming together” and “walking about.” The Brussels Ommegang Festival continues to this day.
Oh-ma-gong? Om-ah-gang? WHAT’S THE CORRECT PRONOUNCATION?
We say OH-mah-gang.
OMMEGANG BEERS AREN’T SOLD IN MY AREA. CAN YOU SHIP TO ME?
Sorry, a variety of statutes restrict our ability to ship directly to consumers. But depending on the laws in your state, online retailers may be able to help. Here are a couple to explore: CraftShack and Total Wine & More
WHAT IS BOTTLE CONDITIONING?
A traditional Belgian brewing technique, bottle conditioning involves the addition of a small amount of yeast and sugar to the beer just before packaging to produce a secondary fermentation in the bottle. This uncommon practice creates a remarkable depth of flavor, and results in a beer that tastes fresher, better, longer.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK AT BREWERY OMMEGANG?
It depends on the season. We have about 50 year-round employees and our summer staff is about 50 more.
ARE YOU HIRING?
Check out our current openings on Join the Team.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE CODE DATE, AND WHAT DOES IT TELL ME?
All of our bottles, cartons and keg rings carry two sets of codes. The first tells us the date and time the beer was packaged, along with other technical details. The second provides a suggested “best by” date. Bear in mind that the best by date varies widely by beer style and is in any case a guideline. Beer that has been properly stored may remain in a good drinking window for considerably longer.
CAN I TOUR THE BREWERY?
Yes! We offer brewery tours (and samples!) seven days a week, except for holidays and the occasional special events. Check our tours page for more information.
WHERE ARE OMMEGANG BEERS DISTRIBUTED?
Our beers are currently sold in 47 states – see our Beer Finder for locations near you. Our beers are not available outside the US and Canada, and we are unable to ship. We’re sorry!
WHY DID YOU STOP MAKING (INSERT YOUR FAVORITE PAST OMMEGANG BEER HERE)?!
“Variety is the spice of life.” That goes for experiences, and for beer. Sometimes a beer is only meant to be with us for a short time. And sometimes we have to say goodbye to a longtime friend to make room for new ones.
HOW DO I FIND OUT IF OMMEGANG WILL SPONSOR OR DONATE TO MY UPCOMING EVENT, CHARITY OR ORGANIZATION?
Provided that your event is at least 30 days out, Contact Us and select Sponsorships & Donations from the menu to submit your request. We’ll review and let you know if we can support.
HOW CAN I CONNECT WITH YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
You can find us on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @Ommegang, and on Facebook.com/Ommegang.
I HEARD THAT OMMEGANG IS A MEMBER OF A FAMILY OF CRAFT BREWERIES. IS THAT TRUE?
It’s true. Our parent company is Duvel Moortgat in Belgium, a fourth generation, family-owned business that has been brewing amazing beers since 1871. They were an initial investor in Ommegang back in the 1990s, and became our sole owner in 2003. In addition to Ommegang, the family includes Boulevard Brewing Company and Firestone Walker in the U.S., and Duvel, Liefmans, Brasserie d’Achouffe, Maredsous, Vedett, De Koninck, Bel Pils, Brouwerij ‘t IJ and Birrificio del Ducato in Europe.
DO YOU OFFER TOURS OF THE BREWERY?
We do indeed. Monday-Saturday tours begin on the hour 12-4. Sunday tours begin on the hour 11-3. Tours are $5 per person and visitors age five and up are welcome on the tour. Infants and toddlers, even those in strollers or worn in carriers, are not permitted on the tour.
WHAT ABOUT TASTINGS?
We do that too. Tastings begin promptly on the half hour, every hour, with the final tasting beginning 30 minutes before closing. Tastings are $10/person and include six three-ounce pours plus a souvenir glass. Tastings are only for visitors age 21+. We do allow children in the tasting room during the presentation; there is an annex where they can sit, but they must be accompanied by an adult.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY?
Our Tap House is fully ADA-accessible, including the tasting room and café. Our brewery tour explores our production facility, with several stops along the way. Our tour guides can make accommodations for visitors who require assistance.
IS THERE A DRESS CODE FOR THE TOUR?
Yes, and it’s for the safety of our visitors, staff, and beer. Closed-toe shoes and covered shoulders are required to tour the brewery. Repeat visitors please note: we no longer provide shirts or Crocs for guests.
CAN I RESERVE TOUR AND TASTING TICKETS IN ADVANCE OR OVER THE PHONE?
Tickets for our brewery tours and tastings are sold on a first-come, first-served, in-person basis and they go quickly, especially on weekends and in the summer. Tours and tastings are limited to 20 people for each time slot. For parties of 20 or more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
DRINKING BEER MAKES ME HUNGRY. CAN I EAT AT THE BREWERY?
We too believe that great beer deserves food. Our café in the Tap House offers appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Peruse the menu and plan your visit.
WHERE ARE CONCERTS AND EVENTS HELD?
Concerts and other events are held in the natural amphitheater at Brewery Ommegang unless otherwise noted. Brewery Ommegang is located at 656 County Highway 33, Coopestown, NY 13326.
WHERE IS PARKING FOR THE EVENTS?
Parking for all on-site Ommegang events is located in the field just south of the brewery. Signs and staff will direct you to a safe parking spot. Handicap parking is available in the field near the entrance to the brewery grounds. Please let a staff member know if you need assistance.
HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS AND WHERE CAN I BUY THEM?
Tickets prices differ depending on the event. We offer concert tickets online, by phone, or in person at our store. Click on the event you would like to see for options.
DO YOU SELL A DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKET?
Designated driver tickets are only available for our beer events.
CAN I BRING MY CHILD?
Ommegang offers several family-friendly events with fun for everyone. For our summer concerts, children five and under do not require a ticket or camping pass. Please note, children are not allowed at our beer events as noted in the event description.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at Ommegang events. We all love our furry, canine friends, but want to ensure a fun and safe environment for everyone.
CAN I CAMP AT A CONCERT?
Why yes you can. Only tents are permitted – no RVs or other vehicles are allowed in the camping area. Signage and staff will direct you to the camping area, approximately 100 yards from the concert grounds. Security will enforce concert and camping area restrictions. Camping is not sectioned off to separate families or groups, but please be respectful and courteous to your neighbors.
CAN I BRING BEER, WINE OR LIQUOR?
No outside alcohol is permitted on our premises, but Ommegang beers are offered at every event. No glass containers of any sort may be brought onto our grounds.
CAN I BRING A PICNIC?
We offer a wide selection of food from great local vendors, so no outside food or beverage is allowed at our events. One exception: campers may bring food, though it must remain in the camping area.
WHAT IS THERE TO EAT?
Café Ommegang and other fantastic local vendors sell food at Ommegang events. There is a wide array of options from frites and sandwiches to barbeque and vegetarian options. Vendors will also sell non-alcoholic beverages, and a selection of Ommegang beers will be available in the beer tent.
WHAT IF SOMEONE IN MY GROUP NEEDS ASSISTANCE?
We employ Westcott Security at our events, and have an EMS station for any medical concerns. If you need assistance, please let security personnel or an Ommegang staff member know.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO STAY FOR OMMEGANG EVENTS?
We recommend the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce for a list of local lodging options.