Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2018

Hello and happy Friday, friends. Some beery exciting news for the start of the weekend:

This summer, we will return to a page in the history books for our annual beer, food, music, and all-things-fun festival on August 3 and 4 in Cooperstown, NY, theming our annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event off the original Ommegang of 1549. Tickets go on sale to the public April 1 at noon and we’ll update this blog post and our website once the ticket link is live. 

Belgium Comes to Cooperstown offers 3,000 lucky guests the opportunity to taste the very best Belgian beer in the world, including hard-to-find Belgian imports as well as Belgian-inspired beers from the top breweries in North America.

The Ommegang, for which the brewery is named, is a renowned festival in the city of Brussels, Belgium. The first Ommegang welcomed Emperor Charles the Fifth to the city, and the celebration is still held annually. While the emperor won’t be in attendance in Cooperstown this year, nearly 100 Belgian and Belgian-style breweries will be, each pouring their best offerings against the idyllic backdrop of the brewery, which was itself modeled after farmstead breweries found in Belgium. As always, the festival promises more than just great beer. Gourmet food vendors, live music, and a chance to camp under the stars alongside some of the world’s leading brewers and fellow craft beer enthusiasts make the weekend truly unique.

The festivities begin Friday, August 3 at 6 pm with a five-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders. Ommegang will partner with Sharon Springs, NY neighbors Beekman 1802 farm and mercantile to celebrate their new cookbook, A Seat at the Table, creating a dining experience featuring products from their delicious artisanal food line, expertly paired with Brewery Ommegang beers.

The brewery grounds open at noon on Saturday, August 4 for all General Admission and GA+camping ticket holders. The tasting begins at 2:30 pm for VIP ticket holders and 3:00 pm for General Admission, and ends at 7:00 pm. Live music will be performed on the brewery stage from 3:00 pm until midnight. The brewery will be closed to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 3, 4, and 5, but reopens for regular service on Monday, August 6.

VIP tickets cost $280/person and include:

  • Two nights of camping on the brewery grounds
  • A free tasting at the visitor’s center tasting room, a discount voucher for the brewery store, and access to Café Ommegang from 12-4 pm, all on Friday afternoon
  • Friday evening’s beer pairing dinner
  • Additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon

General admission tickets for Saturday’s tasting event cost $115/person, and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $145/person (camping is Saturday night only). Please note that BCTC is only for guests aged 21+ and that historically tickets for the event sell out quickly.

We’ll have additional information to share about breweries, beers, musical acts, food, activities, etc. in the next new months. We hope you’ll join us at BCTC this summer!

BCTC by Bryan J. Kolesar at

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19 responses on “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2018

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Volunteers from last year will receive an email from our coordinator Britney in the next couple weeks asking if they’d like to volunteer again. New volunteers will be able to sign up via a link that she’ll post on the event page (and we’ll post here) on April 1st.

  1. Carlo Marinello

    In January I purchased Winter is Here from Discount Liquor in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I am currently storing it in my basement with the grand idea of aging the beer, saving it for the debut of GOT season 8. Which of course we all know isn’t occurring until some time in 2019.

    Is this Double White Ale style approved for aging? If yes, is storing it on my basement at about 55-60 degrees for a years time recommended? Or should I just crack it open at the next Sunday family dinner and enjoy?

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Carlo, I spoke to the brewmaster about your question. He said that he recommends drinking this within 12 months of the bottling date but it does have a shelf life of 24 months. We have four new Game of Thrones-inspired beers coming out this year so there’s lots of time to find one to age until next season if you’d like to share this one with family before then!

      1. Carlo

        Thank you for the reply; that’s a great point about the other beers coming out before and up to the premiere date. Guess I had a bit of tunnel vision there. I will definitely share Winter Has Come with family and friends sometime this coming month! Thank you!

  2. Gretchen Schuler

    Are there plans to have a theme this year – or is the Beekman tie-in what would be considered the theme? Excited about that dinner, btw.

    1. Ommegang Post author

      This year’s theme is the original Ommegang festival of 1549, which featured a walking tour of sorts around the city of Brussels. More details to follow on the dinner. We’re very excited about it as well!

  3. Arlene Tyo

    What kinda camping ? Is it tents only or can you bring a small 15 ft travel trailer in for camping?

  4. Jeff

    Interested in the VIP tickets and beer pairing dinner and wanted to see if there is a vegetarian option available for the dinner?

  5. Mary Brower

    What facilities do you have for campers (showers, restrooms, etc)? What is available for VIP campers Sat/Sun for breakfast & lunch?

    1. Ommegang Post author

      There’s a shower trailer available as well as portapotties around the grounds. VIP ticket holders are offered breakfast on Saturday morning and there are a variety of food trucks on site Saturday selling food to attendees for lunch and dinner.