Beers

Meet Sirens’ Song

We are proud to announce the release of Sirens’ Song, a dark ale brewed with figs and raisins. This is our latest limited edition offering and it’s named for the enchanting melodies that fabled sirens used to lure in weary sailors. At 9% ABV, Sirens’ Song will draw you in to explore uncharted imbibing territory.

“Belgian-style dark ales are a treat to drink,” says Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe, who developed the recipe. “Sirens’ Song is brewed with dark Belgian candi syrup to impart decadent notes of dark fruit and burnt sugar, and also brewed with raisins and figs in order to complement the rich, fruity character of this dark ale. It’s a wonderful wintertime treat, or a beer to age for years to come.”

The mahogany colored ale has a thick, creamy tan head and distinct lacing. Aromas of roasted malt and dark fruit are pronounced. The flavor begins with sweetness and caramel notes and finishes smooth with lingering hints of caramelized sugar and balanced bitterness.

Brewed with pilsner, midnight wheat, and soft red wheat malts, Sirens’ Song is hopped with noble varieties for balanced hopping. The figs and raisins used in brewing not only add to the complexity of the beer but also represent cargo lost to the sea because of the bewitching sirens’ songs.

Pairing suggestions include grilled meats and BBQ, smoked salmon or trout, and rich cheeses like blue cheese and cheddar. Sirens’ Song is shipping now and will be available for a limited time in 12 oz. four-packs and on draft in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, PR, SC, SD, TN, VA, VI, VT, WA. Please use our beer finder to locate retailers near your zip code. Note: it may take until mid-February for this information to populate in the beer finder.

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2017 Release Calendar

Happy New Year, friends!

Our production team has exciting, innovative, and delicious beers to share with you in 2017. We have at least 11 new beers in the works, including two additions to our core lineup that will be available year-round. We have TWO new Game of Thrones-inspired releases planned. We’re brewing a third edition of Hopstate NY, an all NYS-hops beer with a new recipe that highlights what local hops have to offer. And we’re excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary with a tasty twist on a beer from our past.

Dates and beers are subject to change and availability will vary. More details about 2017 releases are coming soon, starting with Sirens’ Song later this week. We think you’re going to love this dark ale brewed with figs and raisins. We sure do!

Cheers!

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Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale

got-21-valar-dm-2016_smallOur newest Game of Thrones-inspired beer has a name – Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale – and it’s coming to shelves and taps near you, along with a re-release of Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale!

Cases and kegs of Valar Dohaeris and special gift packs featuring a bottle of each beer plus a beautiful glass are now working their way from our distributors to your favorite stores and bars. There are always a lot of questions about how to get the Game of Thrones-inspired beers and it’s proved helpful for us to post search tips for beer fans seeking out this release.

The national release date for Valar Dohaeris and the gift packs is Monday, October 10. That’s the day most retailers across the US will begin sales. If you are in the Cooperstown area, you can buy these at the brewery store beginning Saturday, October 8 (we’re open 12-5 pm daily.)

We have a beer finder that will show the locations that the beer has been sold to and you can use this to search for retailers near your zip code. 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 for this series of beers, they 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 in advance before taking a road trip to see them. 

Valar Dohaeris and the gift packs will not be sold in Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Vermont, Wyoming. Outside of the United States, this will be available in Ontario, Canada. There is not currently a release date set for Canada but we’ll update this post when we have one.

It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot do any online orders. There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those here as they come in. For starters, check out Craftshack.com.

Read more about our fall Game of Thrones-inspired releases in the press release below and keep an eye our for the new beer and the gift pack in the next few weeks!

Stay warm. Winter is coming.
Cheers.
Allison

July 19, 2016: (COOPERSTOWN, NY) After an exciting season that saw the Starks reclaim the North and Cersei take the Iron Throne as the first queen of Westeros, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are introducing a new beer and bringing back a previous brew to steady the nerves of fans as they anxiously endure the show’s off-season break. Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale is the latest beer in the series and pays homage to Arya’s season-long struggles within and around the House of Black and White. This beer will be available in 750ml single bottles, on draft and also paired alongside its previously released sister-brew Valar Morghulis in a collectible gift pack which features a commemorative glass as well. Suggested retail price is $9.99 for the individual bottles and $22.99 for the gift pack. The official nationwide release to retailers is October 10.

Fans of Game of Thrones know that “Valar Morghulis” means “All Men Must Die” in High Valyrian and is traditionally answered with the phrase “Valar Dohaeris,” which means “All Men Must Serve.” Label art for both bottles features the two-headed coin, given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, which gained her passage to Braavos at the end of Season 5. Arya spent most of Season 6 in Braavos training to become a faceless assassin, making the naming of the latest beer and the decision to re-release Valar Morghulis a no-brainer.

“When we got a sense of the season’s key plot points, we knew right away Valar Dohaeris was the new beer name and that bringing back Valar Morghulis was a must,” says Bill Wetmore, General Manager and Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “And I think HBO’s fantastic idea to have the gift pack mimic the House of Black and White is really going to be a hit with fans. It looks killer and I think fans are going to scoop them up pretty quickly for gifts or for their own collections.”

“Of the classic Belgian styles, the dubbel and the tripel are two of our favorites to brew, and both are styles we’re particularly well known for,” says Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “I love the idea of releasing them together side-by-side. It is such a great way to experience them.  They are also pretty hearty and should age nicely over time, so fans can stock up to last them through the winter and to fill the void until next season.”

Originally released in 2014, Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale is a name and style selected by fans in a December 2013 social media poll. One of the fastest-selling beers in the series, fans enjoyed this classic Belgian-style because it is fairly complex and full of intrigue – much like the show itself. Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale is, much like a “faceless man,” not what it first appears to be; it shares the complexity of its sister-brew and a strength masked and belied by its lighter color.

Valar Morghulis is 8% ABV, brewed with pilsner and specialty malts and hopped with Apollo and Hallertau Spalt Select hops. The hue is deep amber-brown and aromas include caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, banana and slightly burnt sugar. The taste is well-balanced with rich malty sweetness, caramel and sugar, and just a touch of bitterness to balance. The finish is surprisingly dry and light on the tongue, a surprising counter to its aroma and initial taste.

Valar Dohaeris is 9% ABV, brewed with pils, wheat and oats, flaked barley, and hopped with noble hops. It pours a beautiful copper-tinted hue with a full, fluffy white head. Sweet grain and honey are prevalent in the aroma. The flavor opens with a bright sweetness thanks to the Belgian candi sugar used in brewing. The finish is moderately dry and effervescent with just a hint of Belgian yeast character.

Meet The Lion’s Share, a collaboration with Nine Pin Cider

And now for something completely different: The Lion’s Share. our very first cider collaboration. We have teamed up with Albany, NY-based Nine Pin Cider Works, New York’s FIRST farm cidery, to create a new style of cider that combines locally grown apples and our signature house yeast.

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Nine Pin crafts The Lion’s Share from a farmhouse blend of apples sourced from Samascott Orchards in Columbia County, and ferments with our Belgian yeast. The result is a Belgian-style cider with a smooth mouth feel and complex fruit and spice notes.

Nine Pin’s co-founder and cider maker Alejandro del Peral says: “We’re excited to finally release this incredible collaboration between Nine Pin and Brewery Ommegang. The Lion’s Share represents what two New York craft producers can do together in pursuit of establishing the Empire State as the leader in the craft beverage revolution.”

Our brewmaster Phil Leinhart says: “It’s very exciting to collaborate with Nine Pin on something totally different. Our house yeast brings such interesting tastes and aromas to “barley juice” that I can’t wait to see what it does with “apple juice”!

The Lion’s Share is 5.9% ABV and will be sold in 12 oz. cans only at Nine Pin and Cafe Ommegang.

If you’re in the Albany-area, you can try The Lion’s Share at Cider and Sliders on 8/4. BCTC-goers will also have the opportunity to try it at this weekend’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival.

Cheers!
#thinknydrinkny

Meet Hopstate NY 2016

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Hi, friends!

Exciting news! Hopstate NY is back this year with a brand new recipe to showcase the amazing work that NYS hop farmers are doing. This is the second year that we’re brewed a beer with 100% NYS grown hops! Hopstate NY is available now at the brewery store and will be available throughout New York State in early July. If you live outside NY, we’re sorry we aren’t distributing in your area but we’d love to have you visit us this summer so you can give this new beer a try.

Ommegang Debuts Hopstate NY 2016 – Brand New Beer; Same Great Cause
Brewery continues commitment to raise awareness for NYS Hops and its farmers

Brewery Ommegang, located in Brew Central, is once again shining the spotlight on local hop farmers with its 2016 edition of Hopstate NY, an all-NYS hops beer. Brewed in tribute and to raise awareness for local hop farmers breathing life back into the state’s hop industry, this year’s Hopstate NY is an American amber ale brewed with rye, and of course, a healthy amount of hops exclusively sourced from Empire State farmers. The beer will be available on draft and in six-packs, starting in early July.

The release of the new brew will be supported through tastings at farmer’s markets around the state, and the second annual Ommegang RV Tour, set to visit cities from Buffalo to Syracuse and Albany to NYC during the month. Just as in 2015, there will also be educational seminars and presentations on the New York State hops initiative across the region and as far as Washington D.C. – at Savor, a national beer and food celebration put on annually by the Brewer’s Association. These are conducted in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and their hop advisers who counsel farmers across the state on best practices and manage a varietal research yard at Ommegang.

 “Hopstate NY is a beer everyone at the brewery is extraordinarily passionate about,” says Ommegang’s Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe, who developed this year’s recipe. “For me personally, it is very special as our 2016 version is a vastly different take on showcasing New York hops. It’s an American amber ale by style, but breaking from tradition and expectation, we added copious amounts of the finest NY State Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops we could find. I think people are really going to enjoy our take – it’s citrusy and spicy, while being very refreshing.”

The hop industry has deep roots in NY which was the epicenter of hops production in the United States in the 1800s, producing 80% of the country’s hops. Last fall, Ommegang, which is located on the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY, purchased one ton of New York State-grown and processed hops. The hops were used to brew not only Hopstate NY but were also used in Fleur de Houblon, Ommegang’s summer ale. This is the second year in which Ommegang has purchased local hops for both experimental brews, and local and nationwide releases.

At 5.6% ABV, Hopstate NY pours a deep amber hue with a persistent white head. The hopping is almost entirely late-addition, and with two rounds of dry-hopping in fermentation, the beer has bright aromas of citrus and melon. The flavor is citrusy with a bit of sweet honey and caramel from the malt. Moderate bitterness of the taste is of citrus and tangerine with a slight pine resin presence. The finish is a pleasantly lingering resinous hop finish with a touch of sweet malt. Hopstate NY pairs well with grilled, fried, or roast chicken, spicy foods, pizza, and burgers.

This year, Hopstate NY will only be available in New York but as the local hop industry grows, Hopstate NY may expand to new states, symbolizing its rebirth and vitality. Hopstate NY will be available next month in 12oz. six-packs for the suggested retail price of $13.99. Ommegang’s website offers a beer finder for locating retailers by zip code.

Cheers!
Allison