Visitors’ Center Expansion

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Big news, friends! We recently broke ground on an extensive expansion of our onsite visitors’ center! We’re upgrading all facets of the facility to enable us to better accommodate the surging crowds of beer tourists that flock to the area. The renovations began just before the holidays and will be completed by the start of the 2018 summer season. With nearly 80,000 visitors annually, 40% of whom visit between June and August, we are thrilled to enhance the capacity to deliver a superlative experience to every visitor.

Aiding in the renovation and marketing of the brewery once the renovation is complete is a $525 thousand grant that we received in December from the state’s economic development council. The grant designates $375 thousand for capital expansion and $150 thousand for marketing. The money for the expansion will allow us to expand café and retail facilities, enabling us to better serve the tourism traffic throughout the year.

A message from our president, Doug Campbell: “With this renovation, we will build an onsite experience that is world-class, matching the quality of the experience with the quality of the beer we brew here every day. As a significant tourist draw for the area, we always aim to provide a unique, memorable experience that leaves our visitors with a love of beer and of the Cooperstown area. The grant from New York State and the additional capacity it will enable us to add will aid in that aim significantly.”

Highlights of the $2 million renovation include a new entry way with access to the store, tasting room, and café; additional seating in the café with tables along a windowed wall that looks out onto the patio and brewery ground; additional outdoor seating under an all-weather pavilion; and an expansion of retail store including the addition of a beer cellar to accommodate new small batch limited releases.

The renovations will require the us to close the visitors’ center for two days in mid-January and to operate a slightly limited café service for roughly six weeks from early-March to mid-April. The store will remain open, and tours and tastings will still be offered daily throughout the period. We will post updates on the renovations via social media to give sneak peeks on the progress.

Hours for the brewery store and café will remain 12-5 PM Sunday to Thursday and 12-9 PM Friday and Saturday until the interior work begins, unless otherwise posted on our website.

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Meet Candi Stout

We are excited to introduce a new evolution in the our brewery’s mission to blend the artistry of Belgian brewing traditions with a typically non-Belgian beer style. Candi Stout fuses rich roasted malts with Belgian candi sugar, bittersweet cocoa nibs, and a special strain of Belgian ale yeast. The result is a delightfully drinkable blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and a traditional stout.

From Brewmaster Phil Leinhart: “Candi Stout is unique in that the dark candi sugar lessens the body a bit and reduces the need for higher amounts of roasted grains so the beer drinks slightly lighter and less roasted than a typical stout.  This is a great beer for the cold months ahead, and we’re as excited to share this new beer with fans as we are to drink it this winter.”

Candi Stout is brewed with two-row, flaked barley, Pale Chocolate, Special B, aromatic, Midnight Wheat, and roasted barley malts. Candi syrup and cocoa nibs are added to create a smoothness and lightness of body not typically associated with stouts. Hopped with Styrian Golding and Saaz hops, and fermented with a Belgian abbey ale yeast, the beer’s ABV is 6.7%.

The beer pours a deep, dark black with a thick tan head. Dark chocolate and cocoa lead a complex aroma with subtle hints of dark fruit and spicy yeast. The flavor opens with mild sweetness, giving way to rich chocolate, and mild roast. The use of Belgian yeast and the extra dose of fermentables from candi syrup contribute a smooth body and finish, resulting in impressive drinkability, despite the beer’s complexity. Candi Stout is a perfect match for any variety of chocolate desserts, or on the savory side, with roasted or grilled meats, roasted root vegetables, and aged cheeses.

There will be a one-time release of Candi Stout in 750ml bottles on Saturday, December 23 at the brewery in Cooperstown and in the month of January in Wegmans, Total Wine, and Costco stores in the eastern part of the United States. Candi Stout on draft will be available in The Pub by Wegmans locations in February and nationwide in March, for a limited time.

We can’t wait to hear what you think about Candi Stout. Cheers!

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Royal Reserve Collection: Hand of the Queen

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We’re excited to announce that our new Game of Thrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection launches in 2018! The first of four beers in the collection is Hand of the Queen, a big, bold barleywine brewed for Tyrion Lannister. It will be available only in the United States beginning in April. A list of distribution states will be available in March of 2018 when the beer starts shipping to our wholesalers. Details about the collection and the first beer are below in the press release.

Cheers!

Brewery Ommegang and HBO announce launch of Game of Thrones®-inspired Royal Reserve Collection this spring

As Game of Thrones approaches its final season, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are excited to announce the launch of the Royal Reserve Collection, a collectible series of four special, limited release beers, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms. Packaged as a series, with simple, elegant iconography and sophisticated design representative of select Westerosi houses, each beer will be brewed and blended with ingredients selected to match the character and temperament of the chosen hero, designed and brewed as Brewery Ommegang’s interpretation of what a royal brewer might brew for his or her noble master.

The first beer in the series is Hand of the Queen, a beer brewed for Tyrion Lannister. As one who knows a great many things, Tyrion knows and loves wine above all else, so Hand of the Queen is a big, bold barleywine, a beer fit for those who seek knowledge and truth, both great and small. Available throughout Ommegang’s distribution network beginning in April, Hand of the Queen will be offered both on draft and in 750ml bottles. The suggested retail price for a bottle is $12.99.

“While technically not royalty at all, Tyrion certainly qualifies as a nobleman in our esteem,” says Doug Campbell, President of Brewery Ommegang. “We’ve wanted to brew for Tyrion for six seasons, and we believe his time has come. Knowing his preferences, our beer for Tyrion could only be a barleywine.”

“Ommegang’s collection of Game of Thrones beers has been an enduring hit with our fans, so we’re excited to offer them even more opportunities to pay tribute to their favorite characters next year by releasing four new and special releases,” says Jeff Peters, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. “And, of course, who better to receive our first tribute than Tyrion, the man who so famously drinks and knows things.”

Brewed with a complex blend of specialty malts and carefully-selected old-world hops, Hand of the Queen is a rich, full-bodied version of a classic barleywine and comes in at 11% ABV. Malt forward and multifaceted, the beer balances the intense flavors of brandy-soaked raisins and dark fruit with the lighter notes of apricot. Hints of molasses and toffee are evident before a finish characterized by the classic yet distinctive barleywine alcoholic heat. Hand of the Queen, an old-world example of the style, attempts to balance these strong yet unruly opposing forces, much like the way Tyrion maintains the balance of power among his influential contemporaries in Westeros.

The Royal Reserve Collection will feature four brand new beers in the brewery’s Game of Thrones-inspired series with HBO. All of the beers will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles and they’ll launch in April, July, October, and December for 2018. Details and images of future beers will be announced throughout the year.

Snommegang 2018

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Our Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival is a celebration of the passionate pursuit of perfection shared by brewers across the country. To celebrate this noble endeavor, we proud to announce that in March 2018, we’ll host Snommegang in two locations: the inaugural Snommegang Lake Placid, and the fifth annual Snommegang Oneonta. For the Oneonta event, we’ll once again partner with America On Tap, the country’s leading producer of premium craft beer festivals, to expand this increasingly popular beer festival this winter in the City of the Hills.

Snommegang Lake Placid is Saturday, March 3 from 2-6 pm at the beautiful High Peaks Resort and will feature 30 of America’s best breweries, their medal-worthy beers, and hors d’oeuvre stations. Enjoying these delicious beers will be all the better thanks to the breathtaking back drop of Lake Placid, a truly dazzling winter landscape where visitors can experience a one-of-a-kind cross section of awesome beer, delicious food, and world-class alpine sport. Beyond the pour, visitors can enjoy Saturday late-night specials at area bars and Sunday hair-of-the-dog brunch specials around town.

Snommegang Oneonta is Saturday March 10 from 2-6 pm on historic Main Street in Oneonta, NY and will feature also feature 30 breweries from across the United States. The beer tasting is accompanied by live music, food and activities – all within heated tents along Muller Plaza and surrounding businesses on Main Street. Music and activities in Muller Plaza are free and open to the public, and tickets are only required for the tasting portion of the event.

Both Snommegang events are for guests age 21+. Tickets for both locations are on sale now. Snommegang Lake Placid tickets are $50 each and available on TicketFly.com. Tickets for Snommegang Oneonta vary in price depending on group size and purchase date. Visit Snommegang.com for more details.

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. Ommegang is pleased to continue their partnership America On Tap in 2018.

“As a proud Upstate brewery, we take great delight in celebrating our long, snowy season, embracing the beauty of this winter wonderland,” says Doug Campbell, our brewery president. “To add such a storied location and a fantastic partner as Village of Lake Placid to the Snommegang schedule represents a great evolution of the very strong event we’ve already built with America On Tap in Oneonta.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Brewery Ommegang and couldn’t be happier to see the Snommegang Festival expand to an additional location” said Brittany Gilman, Marketing Manager, America on Tap. “The Snommegang festival experience and reputation will only strengthen now with two weekends of overflowing fun and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

We hope to see you at Snommegang this winter!

Confirmed breweries for Lake Placid as of 1/9/18:
Brewery Ommegang
Allagash Brewing Company
Blue Line Brewery
Big Slide Brewery & Public House
Big Tupper Brewing
Boulevard Brewing Company
Empire Brewing Company
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Flying Fish Brewing Co.
Good Nature Farm Brewery
Jack’s Abby
Lake Placid Pub and Brewery
Prison City Pub and Brewery
Shiner
Sixpoint Brewery
Tröegs Independent Brewing
Two Roads Brewing Co.
Wachusett Brewing Company

Check back next week for an updated list!

Winter is Here

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Our latest Game of Thrones-inspired beer, Winter is Here, has worked its way from distributors to your favorite stores and bars. So have the 2+1 gift packs featuring Winter is Here and previously-released Fire and Blood Red Ale along with an Ommegang and Game of Thrones-branded glass. The beer and the gift packs are available nearly nationwide by now. Some locations received their beer sooner than others due to shipping times.

If you are in the Cooperstown area, you may now purchase Winter is Here, the gift packs, and a very limited amount of Fire and Blood Red Ale in single bottles at the brewery store. We had some Fire and Blood bottles that were not used in the gift packs but it is not enough for distribution so it will be sold on its own only at the brewery and only while the limited supply lasts. The Drogon label is the only label used for this release of Fire and Blood.

It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot take any online orders. We sell the beer from the brewery to distributors 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.

Ommegang is currently not distributed in Mississippi, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Winter is Here and the gift packs will not be for sale in these states. Distributors in the following states have ordered this release: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, plus Washington, D.C., the U.S.V.I., and Puerto Rico. Outside of the United States, these beers may only be available in Ontario and Alberta, Canada. There is not currently a release date set for Canada. We’re working with our distributor there and we’ll update this post when/if we have one.

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 we strongly encourage you to call your local retailers to ask about availability before you drive around to find it. When you do find Winter is Here and the gift packs, you can tag a photo of the beer with #GoTxOmmegang on social media to let friends know where you found it.

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