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!

BCTC 2017 Cover Photo

18 responses on “BCTC 2017: Big Top BCTC

  1. Tim Feeney

    This will be my 12 or 13 year always look forward to this alot have changed in the years but not the beer last year’s VIP dinner was so so compared to other years hopefully I get vip tickets thanks for the festival

    1. Ommegang Post author

      BCTC will be circus-themed this year. The entertainment at the event will be circus-related and space will be decorated according to the theme.

  2. Rick

    Please tell me there will be more room and better organized for the beer vendors. Was very disappointed in how crowded, congested and poorly laid out the tables were last year (tables on both sides?!) and also with the breweries properly displaying what they’re pouring. Some of them didnt even know!!

  3. Colleen

    I’ll have a newborn. I know it says 21+ and sometimes that includes babies and sometimes not so I just wanted to confirm?! Cheers

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Hi, Colleen. Thanks for your question. BCTC is indeed 21+, and that’s for the safety and comfort of all our friends, including the wee ones who would find the heat, crowds, and noise level at BCTC uncomfortable. Babies and children are very welcome at our summer concert series though and children five and under do not need a ticket to attend. Happy to chat with you about kids at the concerts if you like. You can find me at allison@ommegang.com. Cheers!

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Access to the event, four hours of beer tasting, live music from 3 pm until midnight, access to any activations and additional fun that’s put on. We typically have a performance of some kind (think skydiving Elvises or acrobats) and we also aim to have “a Ferris wheel” which isn’t always an actual Ferris wheel (it was once though!) but that’s our word for a really big attraction, whether it’s a water park, mini golf, laser tag, etc.

      The beer tasting happens under a pair of tents and we have ~100 breweries in attendance, each pouring at least two beers.

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