Beers

Royal Reserve Collection: King in the North

*clink* We’re pleased to announce King in the North, the last of four special beers in this year’s Game of Thrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection. Inspired by Jon Snow, this barrel-aged imperial stout is brewed to sustain a leader through a long, dark night. King in the North will be available only in the United States, beginning in late November. A list of distribution states will be available earlier that month when the beer begins shipping to wholesalers. Details about the collection and the new beer are below in the press release.

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Brewery Ommegang and HBO® announce King in the North, final beer in Game of Thrones®-inspired Royal Reserve Collection, plus a new four-bottle gift pack containing full collection

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang and HBO Licensing & Retail have announced the newest beer in their collaborative series inspired by the award-winning drama Game of Thrones. King in the North, a beer brewed for Jon Snow, is the fourth and final beer in this year’s Royal Reserve Collection, a series of four limited release beers, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures engaged in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms.

Brewed to sustain a leader through a long, dark night, King in the North is a barrel-aged imperial stout. The beer will be available at the brewery and at retail as of Black Friday, November 23, on draft and in 750ml bottles. The suggested retail price per bottle is $12.99.

King in the North will be released alongside a one-of-a-kind gift pack, just in time for the holidays. The gift pack features one 12-ounce bottle of each of the four Royal Reserve Collection beers and a collectible Game of Thrones glass. The suggested retail price for a gift pack is $24.99.

“There was only one character with whom we could end the Royal Reserve Collection,” said Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang president. “I don’t think we’re alone in our hopes for Jon Snow. And for those who missed one of the Collection during the year, we’re pleased to offer the opportunity to get all four at once, along with a glass in which to serve them.”

“We’ve now arrived at our fourth and final Royal Reserve beer which celebrates Jon Snow with a big, bold, barrel-aged stout for the long cold nights to come,” said Jeff Peters, vice president of licensing & retail at HBO. “We expect this one to bring our fans to their feet to toast the King in the North!”

King in the North pours jet black with a thick tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate blend with those of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor is rich and full with notes of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt up front followed by smooth bourbon and a hint of oak. The finish is thick and chewy with oatmeal creaminess, and pleasant lingering roast. King in the North pairs well with funky aged cheeses, rich dark meats and decadent desserts. It also makes a great dessert on its own.

The Royal Reserve Collection features four new beers in the brewery’s Game of Thrones-inspired series with HBO. All of the beers will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles. The series began in April with Hand of the Queen, a barleywine, and was followed in June by Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, a sour blonde blend. Mother of Dragons, a smoked porter and kriek blend, will arrive in September before King in the North and the gift pack.

Meet Fruittanomyces

 

We are proud to announce the release of Fruittanomyces, a dry-hopped witbier brewed with tropical fruits and aged with Brettanomyces. The funky, flavorful limited edition beer is arriving in stores now in 750 ml bottles and will be available at the brewery in Cooperstown beginning this Saturday, August 11.

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Fruittanomyces is brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes and is spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander. The beer is fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices and dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade hops before aging in the bottle with Brettanomyces.

Fruittanomyces pours a hazy straw color. Tropical fruit and overripe funk dominate the complex aroma which also includes subtle notes of cinnamon, clove, and banana bread. Tart flavors of ripe pineapple, passion fruit and kumquat lead to subdued hints of lemony citrus. At 5.3% ABV, Fruittanomyces is effervescent and surprisingly refreshing with a lingering sweetness on the finish. As with all unpasteurized brett beers, Fruittanomyces is alive, and the flavor will develop over time. This beer is suitable to enjoy now or to be cellared.

The tart acidity of Fruittanomyces works beautifully with buttery seafood such as lobster, sweet crab, or New England clam chowder. It also pairs well with a tart dessert such as lemon meringue pie.

Queen of the Seven Kingdoms

Hi, friends.

The second beer in our Game of Thrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, launches nationwide on Friday, June 29. If you are in the Cooperstown area, you’ll be able to purchase Queen of the Seven Kingdoms at the brewery store beginning at 11 am on Friday, June 29 and there will be a four bottle/customer limit. 

It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot take any online orders. We sell the beer from the brewery to distributors who then sell to retailers (bars, grocery stores and other locations). There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those them here as they come in.

Ommegang is currently not distributed in Mississippi, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Queen of the Seven Kingdoms will not be for sale in these states. Distributors in the following states have ordered this release: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S.V.I. Outside of the United States, these beers may only be available in Ontario and Alberta, Canada. There is not currently a release date set for Canada. We’re working with our distributor there and we’ll update this post when/if we have one.

We have a  beer finder that will show the locations that the beer has been sold to. The beer finder works by aggregating sales data from the distributor and it is uploaded often a few days after the sale into the account. With the great demand it might even be sold out by the time it is listed on our beer finder, so we strongly encourage you to call your local retailers to ask about availability before you drive around to find it. When you do find Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, you can tag a photo of the beer with #GoTxOmmegang on social media to let friends know where you found it.

We can’t wait to hear that you think about our latest Game of Thrones-inspired release. Cheers!

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Blenderie Ommegang

UPDATE: There’s a slight delay on the release of Blend No. 1, Faith & Fortitude. As soon as we have a release date available, we’ll share that information here. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

Hello, friends.

We’re thrilled to share details about a new project called Blenderie Ommegang, which will focus on small-batch blended beers. Please read on for more information about Blenderie Ommegang and the first two blends, Faith & Fortitude and Zen & Zymurgy. 

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Blenderie Ommegang project to focus on small-batch blended beers

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) A revered Belgian tradition – the artful blending of different beers to create unique, transcendent flavors – has a new home in the New World. Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, NY is pleased to announce the launch of Blenderie Ommegang, a project focused entirely on very small-batch blended beers.

Ommegang’s experiments in blending began back in 2002 with the release of Three Philosophers, a beer which thrust its brewers into a fascinating world in which the balance of flavors and harmony of experience depend as much on the blend as on the brewing processes. The brewery has since released a number of blended beers, most recently Double Barrel Dubbel, a combination of barrel-aged dubbels, and Saison Rosé, a blend of two very different saisons. The brewery’s flagship blend is Pale Sour, a mix of stainless steel-aged lactic sours that has quickly become one of its best-selling beers.

“We strive to make exceptional beers for the world’s most discerning drinkers,” said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “With blending, we can create flavors and layers of complexity that are otherwise impossible to achieve. We’re all very excited about this project.”

The first two releases in the series feature Brewery Ommegang beers blended with beers from Liefmans Craft Blenders in Belgium and Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks in Buellton, California, two of Ommegang’s sister breweries in the Duvel Moortgat family. “With access to a range of beers from world-class breweries, we can multiply the possibilities and take full advantage of the amazing talents within the family,” explained Ommegang President Doug Campbell.

Blend No. 1 is Faith & Fortitude, an elegant combination of aged sour ales and farmhouse saisons. The 6.5% ABV beer pours a bright gold with a fluffy white head. Notes of apricot, citrus, and tropical fruits mix with just a hint of barnyard funk. Faith & Fortitude is medium bodied, effervescent, and has a slightly dry finish.

Blend No. 2 will be Zen & Zymurgy, a mixed fermentation sour with a delicate saison base and four distinct yeast cultures. The barrel-aged 5.7% ABV beer is honey-colored, with aromas of sweet fruit, lemon and oak and tart flavors of fruit, malt and Brettanomyces. Zen & Zymurgy is light and effervescent, with a dry finish.

Blenderie Ommegang beers will be available for purchase only at the brewery’s newly expanded and renovated facilities in Cooperstown, NY, on tap and in 750ml bottles. Faith & Fortitude will debut at SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience on Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, in Washington, DC, and will be offered to the public in early summer. Zen & Zymurgy will be introduced at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest on Saturday, June 2 in Paso Robles, CA, and will go on sale in August. More Blenderie Ommegang releases will be announced later this year.

Brewery Ommegang unveils canning line; first on-site can release, Neon Rainbows NEIPA

Update 5/24: Regarding our brewery-only release of Neon Rainbows NEIPA, it has been brought to our attention by our friends Hill Farmstead that, in using the word “Farmstead,” we have stepped out of our field into their trademark protected territory. We endeavor not to make mistakes, but when we do, we believe in fixing them. We value our friendship with the folks at Hill Farmstead and the special camaraderie that exists among like-minded craft breweries. So if you come out to see us in Cooperstown, you will see a beautiful farm, but you won’t see “Farmstead” on our labels.

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We have some exciting news to share!

2018 is a year of expansion for the brewery. We’re introducing a variety of new beers and undertaking a major renovation of our visitors’ center. And now, we are thrilled to announce the installation and commissioning of a new canning line and the launch of the our first on-site-only can release, the New England-style IPA Neon Rainbows, which to-date has been available only in very limited quantities on draft.

Neon Rainbows follows Hopstate NY as the second release in our Farmstead Series, beers that draw inspiration from our home on the 140 acre site of the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY. The double dry-hopped NEIPA began as a one-off experiment for our legendary Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival, but it quickly became a local favorite. Originally brewed in tiny 15-gallon batches for special events, our new canning line will now allow for production batches small enough to ensure this delicate beer is delivered to visitors to the brewery at peak freshness.

Bursting with juicy tropical fruit flavors and aromas and paired with a pillowy mouthfeel and low bitterness, Neon Rainbows is 6.6% ABV and 45 IBUs. The beer is brewed with pilsner malt and flaked oats for a smooth malt profile and creamy body. Neon Rainbows is so named for the rainbow of hop varietals in the recipe. The beer’s aroma features tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, and strawberry with hints of melon, and the hop profile is juicy and citrusy thanks to Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, and Topaz in primary hopping, and Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, and Topaz dry-hopping.

The first canned run of Neon Rainbows will deliver 16 oz. four-packs for sale only at the brewery on Saturday, May 26 at 11 am with a one case per customer limit.

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The maiden canning run for the new system was on Tuesday, April 24, when Nirvana IPA was packaged in 16-ounce cans for the very first time. “Different beer styles have different packaging formats that suit the style and the most common drinking occasions,” explains  our Technical Manager Rick DeBar. “For hop-forward beers and others that tend to travel with our drinkers to mountain tops, beaches, concerts and beyond, cans are an ideal format. Not only do they provide additional protection against light strike, but they’re more environmentally friendly on multiple levels as well, something we always strive to take into account.”

A canning contract with Utica’s FX Matt Brewery has enabled us to have both Witte Wheat Ale and Nirvana IPA in cans for distribution in New York for the past two years, but the desire to produce cans in Cooperstown began more than four years ago.

“We’ve been talking about canning our beers for a number of years, and with the help of FX Matt, we were able to get two of our most popular warm weather offerings into cans while we looked for the right canning line for our facility. It took us more than a year to find a supplier that could build us the line we wanted, meeting our strict quality standards while also integrating with the space we have available in our packaging hall,” says DeBar.

Our new canning line accommodates 12, 16 and 19.2 oz cans and produces about 40 cans per minute. It occupies a compact space within our packaging facility, even tying into the existing bottling line once the cans are filled and sealed.

“Having a smaller canning line enables us to produce small runs and to experiment with a variety of beers in this packaging format,” says DeBar. “It also help us ensure that cans will always be fresh since there won’t be large volumes sitting on shelves.”

Current Ommegang beers in cans are Nirvana IPA, Witte, Fruition, and Short Sleeve Saison, all canned at FX Matt and available in NY. We have several other canned beers in the works for 2018 and will share details of those beers throughout the year. Stay tuned!

PS: The renovation of our Visitors’ Center is coming along beautifully and we’re getting really close to reopening. The building won’t be quite ready for visitors this Memorial Day Weekend but the patio sure will be. Stop by and see us for food truck eats, store swag, music, and cans on the patio on Saturday, May 26 and Monday, May 28 from 11 am to 6 pm. The brewery grounds will be closed on Sunday, May 27 for the sold out Jack White show.