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Hopstate NY 2017

NY State Hops

As hop harvest wraps up in NY, we are proud to once again shine the spotlight on New York State hop farmers with the release of Hopstate NY IPA, the third annual vintage of Hopstate NY beer, brewed with all-NYS hops. Brewed to help support the state’s burgeoning hop industry, this year’s Hopstate NY is an India Pale Ale, and the beer is available now only in NY State on draft and in four-packs.

The hop industry has deep roots in NY State. The region was the epicenter of hops production in the United States in the 1800s, producing 80% of the country’s hops. For the past several years, Ommegang, which is located on the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY, has purchased New York State-grown and processed hops. Hops for this year’s beer were sourced from Weathertop Farm in Palmyra, Pedersen Farms in Seneca Castle, Willet Hop & Grain in Willet, and Mosher Farm in Bouckville.

From our president, Doug Campbell: “In this, our third year of the Hopstate NY program, we are extremely proud to contribute to the continued advancement of the hop farming trade throughout New York. We are delighted to see the continued growth of Farm Breweries around the state and we continue to believe that with the sustained support of brewers, New York’s hop famers can regain their rightful place among the world’s most respected hop-growing regions.”

At 7.4% ABV, Hopstate NY IPA is brewed with Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, and Nugget hops, and is fermented with an English ale yeast. The beer pours a hazy pale orange with a fluffy white head. The aroma is bursting with tropical fruit and citrus notes balanced by hints of sweet malt. The flavor follows the aroma with tropical fruit, and citrus hop character upfront balanced by a pleasantly sweet bready malt character. Balanced bitterness spreads across the whole palate, paired with a velvety-smooth mouthfeel and a medium-full body. The finish is moderately dry with just a touch of lingering bitterness. Hopstate NY IPA pairs well with grilled and smoked meats and fish, pizza, burgers, and moderately sharp cheeses.

 This year, Hopstate NY IPA is only available in New York but as the local hop industry grows, this beer may expand to new states, symbolizing its rebirth and vitality. The beer is available now in 12oz. four-packs for the suggested retail price of $10.99. Our website offers a beer finder for locating retailers by zip code in case you’re thirsty to try this!

Cheers!

Harvest Weekend Experience 2017

Brewery Ommegang and The Farmers’ Museum have teamed up for a Harvest Weekend Experience in the village from Friday, September 15 until Sunday, September 17. The multi-faceted event includes a New York State Farm to Table Dinner at the brewery on Friday night from 6-9:30 PM and a harvest festival at the museum on Saturday and Sunday. The dinner will also serve as the launch event for Hopstate NY 2017, an IPA brewed with 100% NYS-grown hops. Local lodging properties have created packages to host out-of-town visitors for the weekend.

The brewery’s NYS-inspired, grown, and raised dinner is an all-inclusive, three-course, family-style beer pairing experience on the brewery lawn bookended with charcuterie and dessert hours. Guests will have the opportunity to wander in the Ommegang hop yard, and mingle with NYS hop growers and farmers who contributed ingredients for night’s meal. Each course of the meal is paired with a different Ommegang beer including the brand new Hopstate NY 2017. Each guest will also receive a discount voucher for the brewery store for redemption that weekend. Tickets for dinner are $135/person (includes tax) and attendees must be 21+ to attend.

The Farmers’ Museum’s 39th Annual Harvest Festival is a regional favorite, bringing together a wide range of performers, artisans, and exhibitors. Guests will enjoy hands-on activities, artisan demonstrations, live music and dance performances, wagon rides, crafts and more in addition to the museum’s outstanding collections and interpretative exhibits. The festival is from 10 am to 5 pm, each day. Admission is $12/adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), and $6/children (7-12). Children (6 and under) are free. The event is all ages.

A few local hospitality properties are offering weekend packages for the Harvest Weekend Experience. Please click on an individual property to view available packages and to book directly with the property. Packages all include dinner tickets and admission to the festival so there’s no need to purchase those separately.

The Inn at Cooperstown
The Landmark Inn (please call for information and booking: 607-547-7225)
The Phoenix Inn
The August Lodge

Don’t required overnight accommodations but would still like to attend?

Tickets for the NYS Farm to Table Beer Dinner may be purchased here.

Tickets for the 39th Annual Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum may be purchased here.

We hope to see you for the Harvest Weekend Experience!

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Big Top BCTC: Music, Schedule and Map

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We’re so thrilled to have Puddles Pity Party returning to the brewery this weekend to headline Big Top BCTC! Joining him on stage between 3 pm and midnight are Danke Baby, Evan Watson, Flux Capacitor, Bella’s Bartok, and DJ Goldee Dust. Danke Baby will also provide live music for the VIP dinner on Friday evening.

We have all sorts of Big Top fun planned for the weekend. Take a look at the schedule and the map to see what’s happening when and where on Friday and Saturday.

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Big Top BCTC: Breweries and Beers

It’s Monday, and Big Top BCTC is coming to the brewery in just a few days. We’ve been working ’round the clock on all the final details, including the attending brewery list and what beers they are bringing! The list is alphabetized by brewery name and has the tent and table information on there too so you can plan out your afternoon at the tasting.

The list can be downloaded here: BCTC 2017 Attending Brewers and Beers_FINAL.

You can also view a PDF here: BCTC-2017-Attending-Brewers-and-Beers_FINAL.

If there are any changes this week (ie. someone can’t make it or they want to swap in a different beer) we will make changes to this document up until 5 pm on Thursday.

Cheers!

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Innovation Beers at Big Top BCTC

Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe has had a busy year developing new beers on the brewery’s pilot system and he’s ready to share a few of those new recipes with BCTC attendees on Saturday, August 5. Some of these beers are just for fun and some are test batches for future Ommegang beers. In any case, we think they’re delicious and we can’t wait to hear what you think about them next weekend.

As these are test brews, only one sixtel of each beer exists so be sure to stop by early in the appropriate session if there’s something you want to try.  These beers will be poured in the innovation tent which is adjacent to the brewery patio.

On tap for session one (2:30 to 5 pm): 

Belgian Pilsner (5.1 % ABV): Crisp, clean, and dry; fermented with a Belgian lager yeast.

Experimental Pale (6.4 % ABV): Brewed with two experimental unnamed hop varieties from the PNW, fermented with American ale yeast.

Belgian Stout (6.7 %): Brewed with cocoa nibs, fermented with a special Belgian yeast.

Blend #1 (5.2 %): A blend of Pale Sour Ale and Short Sleeve Saison, with apricot and peach juices.

On tap for session two (5 to 7 pm): 

Double Rainbow (8.0 % ABV): NEIPA with Mosaic, Simcoe, Motueka, Centennial, and Topaz hops.

Hibiscus Hennepin (7.7 % ABV): Our beloved farmhouse saison brewed with hibiscus flowers.

Tripel IPA (9.5 % ABV): Belgian-style Tripel brewed with Lopal and Ekuanot hop powder.

Oak-Aged Dubbel (7.7 % ABV): Belgian-style Dubbel aged briefly on oak.

You can find all of these beers listed on Untappd. We hope you’ll give them a try and let us know on the app what you think!

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