Beer & Food

Visitors’ Center Expansion

UPDATE 4/7/2018:

Dear friends,

As you know, our visitors center is undergoing an extensive renovation this winter and spring. Work inside and outside of the building is moving right along and we’re starting to see the final shape of the visitors’ center emerging. As we move on to the next phase of the renovation, it’s necessary for us to close the store and tasting room in order to complete the work. Beginning Monday, April 9, the brewery will be closed to the public until future notice while we continue the renovation. There will be no tours or tastings and the brewery store will be closed as well. Inside the brewery, we’re busy brewing new beers, including some extra special ones you’ll only be able to buy in the visitors’ center when it reopens. More on that later.

We apologize for inconvenience of closing the visitors’ center and will miss seeing you at the brewery this spring. Rest assured that when we reopen, it’ll be worth the wait! Please follow us on social media where we’ll share updates and sneak peeks of the renovation as it progresses.

-The Brewery Ommegang Team

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Big news, friends! We recently broke ground on an extensive expansion of our onsite visitors’ center! We’re upgrading all facets of the facility to enable us to better accommodate the surging crowds of beer tourists that flock to the area. The renovations began just before the holidays and will be completed by the start of the 2018 summer season. With nearly 80,000 visitors annually, 40% of whom visit between June and August, we are thrilled to enhance the capacity to deliver a superlative experience to every visitor.

Aiding in the renovation and marketing of the brewery once the renovation is complete is a $525 thousand grant that we received in December from the state’s economic development council. The grant designates $375 thousand for capital expansion and $150 thousand for marketing. The money for the expansion will allow us to expand café and retail facilities, enabling us to better serve the tourism traffic throughout the year.

A message from our president, Doug Campbell: “With this renovation, we will build an onsite experience that is world-class, matching the quality of the experience with the quality of the beer we brew here every day. As a significant tourist draw for the area, we always aim to provide a unique, memorable experience that leaves our visitors with a love of beer and of the Cooperstown area. The grant from New York State and the additional capacity it will enable us to add will aid in that aim significantly.”

Highlights of the $2 million renovation include a new entry way with access to the store, tasting room, and café; additional seating in the café with tables along a windowed wall that looks out onto the patio and brewery ground; additional outdoor seating under an all-weather pavilion; and an expansion of retail store including the addition of a beer cellar to accommodate new small batch limited releases.

We will post updates on the renovations via social media to give sneak peeks on the progress.

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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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Valentine’s Day Dinner Event

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS PASSED. 

Executive Chef Evan Brown will serve up delicious dishes with love on Valentine’s Day at Café Ommegang. The café will offer evening hours on Saturday, February 14, 2015, and four seatings are available: 6:00, 6:30, 8:00, and 8:30. Reservations are required and must be made for groups of two or four.

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Dinner will be served in three courses.

First course: butternut soup with apple foam OR Ōra King salmon tartar.

Second course: roasted beef tenderloin with Yukon potato puree and sautéed carrots OR half a young chicken served with truffle and herb frites and boudine blanc OR  vegetable pasta with Moroccan sweet potato puree, chickpeas, Swiss chard, preserved lemon, cilantro, and pappardelle pasta.

Third course: chocolate pot de crème with Three Philosophers, dried cherries, and a caramel Chantilly cream.

Tickets are $50 per person. An optional beer pairing is available for an additional $15 per person. Reservations are available now by calling the brewery store, 607-286-4090, between noon and 5pm, daily.

Hope you’ll join us!
Allison

Press Release: HopChef Dallas

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS PASSED.

Live near Dallas and love beer and food? We’ve got your 11/3 dinner plans right here!

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Brewery Ommegang brings its national food and beer pairing competition, HopChef, to Dallas on November 3 at 6:30PM at 3015 at Trinity Grove. HopChef Dallas is the signature kick-off event for 2014 North Texas Beer Week and is sure to be the hottest (and tastiest) ticket in town. The event will bring together Dallas’s top beer-forward chefs under one roof to pair dishes with a variety of Ommegang’s ales and to compete for the title of Dallas HopChef 2014. Tickets, which are now on-sale at TicketLeap, are the only way to take part in the HopChef.

Six beer-forward restaurants have been selected to participate including Meddlesome Moth, Blind Butcher, Common Table, FM Smokehouse, Whiskey Cake, and Libertine.

“We’re thrilled to finally bring HopChef to Dallas and to kick off Dallas Beer Week with a night of beer, food, and fierce but friendly competition,’’ said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “The food and craft beer scenes in Dallas are hotter than ever and we can’t wait to see the culinary showdown unfold in the Big D.”

Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, each paired with a specific Ommegang beer, will be served to a panel of judges and attendees to taste and score.

The winner of HopChef Dallas receives a prize package from culinary leaders such as Cuisinart and Shun, a 3-liter trophy from Brewery Ommegang, and some serious bragging rights.

Tickets are available for $60 each and may be purchased at TicketLeap. Admission includes samples of each chef’s signature dish and accompanying Ommegang beers as well as a commemorative Brewery Ommegang glass. 3015 at Trinity Groves is located at 3015 Gulden Lane, Dallas, TX 75212.

HopChef competitions have been delicious and wildly popular in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Washington DC. Relive, follow, and add to the action on Twitter and Instagram with #HopChef.

From The Kitchen: New Fall/Winter Menu

Cafe Ommegang was closed yesterday for some exciting (and tasty!) staff training. Chef Evan spent the day teaching his kitchen team how to prep and prepare the new fall/winter menu. In the evening, the rest of the cafe team came by for a team dinner to taste each of the new dishes and suggested beer pairings.

Brian stayed for dinner last night and took pictures of a few of the dishes.

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The menu is a departure from our summer fare and focuses more on seasonally-available produce, locally prepared meats and cheeses, and a richer dining experience. Spring/summer menu favorites like croque madame, chicken and waffles, the cheese and charcuterie plates, and the chicken sandwich (above, left) are still available. New dishes include cardonade a la flamande and confit salad (above, center and right,) waterzooi, and many more. Chef Evan wrote the entire menu with beer pairing in mind and his team can suggest a beer to go with each dish.

We started serving the new menu today (I had the portobello sandwich with sweet potato chips: smoky and delicious.) Find it online here or stop by to see us. The cafe is open from 12-5pm, daily.

Allison