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, Saturday, and Sunday, August 4, 5, and 6, but reopens for regular service on Monday, August 7 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.

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

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29 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.

    1. Ommegang Post author

      We’re working on the bookings and will announce the full musical line up closer to the event.

  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.

  4. Chris

    After the beer tasting is over, will there be beer to purchase to enjoy in camping areas and just walking around?

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Yes! We open up a cash bar at the end of the tasting. BCTC campers are allowed to bring food and beverage too.

  5. Bri

    If I bought the saturday GA camping tickets, are we allowed to set up camp on Friday or is Friday strictly for VIP ticket holders?

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Great question! Friday is just for VIP ticket holders. The grounds open at noon on Saturday for GA+camping ticket holders.

  6. Mike Kaas

    The folks from St. Crispus Friary / Fallen Short Brewing anxiously await the next chapter of BCTC. The Ommegang staff do a pretty good job of logistics and the attendees have to accept some of the credit for the success as well as some of the blame for any shortcomings that may occur. It is always a fun time and God willing. we will not see rain on Saturday again this year. I bet you could have a few great Slip & Slide runways on those hills if it did. Who’s got the roll of plastic?

  7. David

    In all the years I’ve bought tix to BCTC the VIP tickets are ALWAYS sold out within minutes! The general admission tickets plus camping from what I recall sells out fast too, within an hour or so I thought. So how is it possible that almost a week later VIP tickets (as well as general admission plus camping tix) are still available???? It’s making us wonder if our VIP tickets we finally managed to get this year are actually valid and that no cap was placed with the online ticket vendor or something?

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Hi, David. As long as you purchased your tickets through the link we provided, you’re fine. Tickets were capped at 4 VIP and 10 GA+Camping. We only had 12 VIP tickets left yesterday morning. We do still have quite a few camping tickets available (they didn’t sell out immediately last year either) and those might be around a little while longer.

      1. David

        Thank you for your reply. What is the reason the VIP tickets are not sold out under a minute or two this year? This is the first year since 2008 they haven’t sold out within minutes. It’s been almost a week at this point and they’re still available which seems odd. What did you guys do differently? Perhaps did you make hundreds more VIP spots available?

        1. Ommegang Post author

          David, no need to worry about the dinner, the number of tickets, or the rate of ticket sales. We’re not! But we are thrilled that you got your VIP tix this year and we’re sure you’re going to have a great time! Cheers!