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Twisted Trunk, Captains, Clean Water

Southern Florida friends, we have an exciting collaboration brewing up for you with Twisted Trunk Brewing in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. We’ve teamed up with the Twisted Trunk team and Captains for Clean Water in Fort Myers, FL to tackle a toxic issue blooming in Southern Florida: blue-green algae. We are planning a special release called Southbound, a Belgian-style Pils that will launch in May. Proceeds from sales of the beer and from the launch event later this spring will raise funds for Captains for Clean Water, enabling them to continue their work to protect Florida’s waterways and draw attention to this dangerous issue.

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“Captains for Clean Water is an organization that brings people together to work for science-based solutions to one of the greatest threats to the future of Florida,” says Captain Daniel Andrews, the organization’s founder. “As a result of decades of water mismanagement, Florida’s East and West Coasts have been plagued by damaging, unnatural discharges of polluted freshwater from Lake Okeechobee. Meanwhile, Florida Bay is suffering from hyper saline conditions as a result of significantly decreased flows of freshwater into the bay that are required to balance and maintain salinities. The solution to these problems is the restoration of the Everglades, and time is of the essence.”

Although far from Florida, we are no stranger to water-related issues. The brewery has long been one of the most outspoken opponents to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York State which we believe would seriously threaten our water supply, in addition to the local waters. Our involvement in this collaborative beer is thanks to John Oteri, our sales representative in South Florida.

“The moment I decided to step up and do something about this situation was last June, right after my son was born,” Oteri says. “This was the time of one of our worst blue-green algae blooms to date and my family had been informed that there may be some airborne toxins associated with this particular bloom. Not only was the smell awful but we came to the realization that we didn’t live in paradise anymore. I knew once the national news coverage went away so would the awareness. I contacted Twisted Trunk and Captains for Clean Water because both are doing great things in the community and I thought we should work together to help raise money and awareness to fight this problem.”

Twisted Trunk’s Francis Andrewlevich was onboard immediately after being approached by Oteri. “The first time I saw the brown mucked up water I thought I was on another planet, says Andrewlevich. “I knew we had to do something to get it back to the Florida we all know and love.”

Southbound, the collaborative beer, was brewed at Twisted Trunk on Friday, March 24 by their brewing team and Justin “Lotty” Lottridge, a 10-year veteran of Brewery Ommegang. The beer will be available in cans and only during a launch event will be hosted at Twisted Trunk on Saturday, May 20. The brewery will donate proceeds from beer sales and the event to Captains for Clean Water. Additional details about the event are forthcoming.

In the meantime, follow the good work that Captains is doing in FL with #NowOrNeverglades on social media. You can also watch a video about the collaboration by WPTV.

2017 SCS: The Shins

Last week we announce that Grammy-nominated Americana band The Shins will play their first show at the brewery in Cooperstown, NY on Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the show go on sale TODAY, March 17, at 10:00 am via DSP Shows.

Tickets are $42.50 in advance and $47 at the gate. Families are welcome for this all-ages show, and children ages five and under do not require a ticket. Camping passes are available on a first come, first served basis for the first 1000 people to purchase a ticket. Camping is an additional $15 per person and available only through DSP Shows’ website. If camping does not sell out online ahead of the show, passes will be available at the gate for $20 per person. 

Founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1996 by James Mercer, The Shins’ debut full length, Oh, Inverted World caused a seismic shift in the indie rock scene upon its release in 2001, singlehandedly ushering in the modern era of the genre, and selling nearly a million copies. The Shins are currently promoting their fifth album, Heartworms, with a world tour that includes stops in Europe and along the east coast ahead of the show in Cooperstown.

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DSP Shows (formerly known as Dan Smalls Presents) is a top talent buyer and concert promoter in New York and New England. DSP Shows has a proven track record of pairing the right acts with the right venues and producing unique and exciting music-based entertainment.

Brewery Ommegang is one of the premiere outdoor concert venues in Upstate NY, hosting a variety of national touring acts and more than 20,000 concert goers each year. A selection of Ommegang’s award-winning ales and non-alcoholic beverages options are available for purchase at every show along with festival-style favorites and locally procured dishes from a variety of local food vendors such as Origins Café, and Ommegang’s Café and food truck. The brewery’s natural amphitheater and gently-sloping grounds are a perfect venue to enjoy a show, rain or shine. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort.

We hope to see you you at the show!

BCTC 2017: Big Top BCTC

Come One, Come All! 

This summer, the Greatest Show on Earth will be Big Top BCTC on August 4 and 5 here at the brewery in Cooperstown, NY. Recognized annually as one of the most exclusive and must-attend beer festivals in America, our Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event offers 3,000 lucky guests the opportunity to taste hard-to-find Belgian import brews as well as Belgian-style ales from all over North America. Tickets go on sale to the public April 1 at noon via our website

Nearly 100 breweries will be on-hand pouring while festival-goers fully immerse themselves in a theatrical and over-the-top experience. As always, BCTC promises more than just great beer – gourmet food vendors, live music, on-site camping and fireworks make the weekend truly special.

Festivities begin on Friday, August 4 at 6 pm with a five-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders. Festival grounds open at noon on Saturday, August 5 for patrons holding camping tickets. Tasting begins at 2:30 pm for VIP ticket holders and 3 pm for general admission. Tasting ends at 7 pm. Live music runs from 3 pm until midnight. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be served from 8 am until noon. The brewery will be closed to the public Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5, but reopens for regular service on Sunday, August 6 at 11 am.

BCTC is a 21+ event. VIP tickets cost $280 and include the beer pairing dinner, two nights of camping on the brewery grounds, and additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon. General admission tickets for Saturday’s tasting event cost $115 and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $145. Please note that VIP tickets have sold out in under a minute for the last several years and historically, all tickets sell out within a day of the event going on sale.

Interested in volunteering for BCTC? Sign ups for volunteers also begin April 1 at noon at the same link as ticket sales!

We hope to see you at Big Top BCTC this summer!

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2017 SCS: Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Ween

Earlier this week we announced two additional shows for our 2017 Summer Concert Series at the brewery in Cooperstown, NY. An Evening with Ween will take place on Friday, June 9 at 7:00 pm, and internationally acclaimed artist Elvis Costello & The Imposters will perform at the brewery on Friday, July 21 at 7:00 pm. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, March 3 at 10:00 am via DSP Shows.

Tickets for An Evening with Ween are $45 in advance and $50 at the gate. Tickets for Elvis Costello & The Imposters are $55 in advance and $60 at the gate.  Families are welcome for both of these all-ages show, and children ages five and under do not require a ticket. Camping passes are available for both shows on a first come, first served basis for the first 1000 people to purchase a ticket. Camping is an additional $15 per person and available only through DSP Shows’ website. If camping does not sell out online ahead of the show, passes will be available at the gate for $20 per person.

WEEN-IGFormed by Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, Jr. in New Hope, PA, Ween has taken on a cult-like status with legions of devoted fans around the world. Beginning with six self-released cassettes in the 1980s followed by 11 studio albums, 6 live albums and a smattering of EPs through the 1990s and 2000s, Ween’s recorded output is far-reaching in its styles moving from rock to punk to psychedelic to country to alternative and all points in between.

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters bring their new show, “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers,” back for a coast-to-coast North American run of 20 dates this June and July. Last fall, Costello debuted the tour to rave reviews. A musicologist of formidable breadth and knowledge, Costello is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. Costello was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

DSP Shows (formerly known as Dan Smalls Presents) is a top talent buyer and concert promoter in New York and New England. DSP Shows has a proven track record of pairing the right acts with the right venues and producing unique and exciting music-based entertainment.

Brewery Ommegang is one of the premiere outdoor concert venues in Upstate NY, hosting a variety of national touring acts and more than 20,000 concert goers each year. A selection of Ommegang’s award-winning ales and non-alcoholic beverages options are available for purchase at every show along with festival-style favorites and locally procured dishes from a variety of local food vendors such as Origins Café, and Ommegang’s Café and food truck. The brewery’s natural amphitheater and gently-sloping grounds are a perfect venue to enjoy a show, rain or shine. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort.

2017 SCS: Old Crow Medicine Show

Another awesome addition to our 2017 Summer Concert Series was announced this week: Americana band Old Crow Medicine Show returns to the Ommegang stage for a FOURTH year on Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, February 24 at 10:00 am via DSP Shows

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Nashville-based Old Crow Medicine Show has spent years touring the world- playing renowned festivals and venues alongside some of the biggest names in Americana music- which makes it all the more special that they’ve also played shows at Brewery Ommegang in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In a change from past performances, this 2017 concert will feature Bob Dylan’s seminal album, Blonde on Blonde, performed in its entirety.

“Old Crow Medicine Show is definitely a favorite at Ommegang and we are delighted to have the band back in Cooperstown this Memorial Day Weekend,” says DSP President Dan Smalls. “Seeing the band perform Blonde on Blonde is something we are all looking forward to.”

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate. Families are welcome for this all-ages show, and children ages five and under do not require a ticket. Camping passes are available on a first come, first served basis for the first 1000 people to purchase a ticket. Camping is an additional $15 per person and available only through DSP Shows’ website. If camping does not sell out online ahead of the show, passes will be available at the gate for $20 per person.

DSP Shows (formerly known as Dan Smalls Presents) is a top talent buyer and concert promoter in New York and New England. DSP Shows has a proven track record of pairing the right acts with the right venues and producing unique and exciting music-based entertainment.

Brewery Ommegang is one of the premiere outdoor concert venues in Upstate NY, hosting a variety of national touring acts and more than 20,000 concert goers each year. A selection of Ommegang’s award-winning ales and non-alcoholic beverages options are available for purchase at every show along with festival-style favorites and locally procured dishes from a variety of local food vendors such as Origins Café, and Ommegang’s Café and food truck. The brewery’s natural amphitheater and gently-sloping grounds are a perfect venue to enjoy a show, rain or shine. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort.