Beers

Meet Great Beyond Double IPA

Exciting news!!! Our first-ever double IPA, Great Beyond, is available now at the brewery store and heading to retailers NATIONWIDE this month! You’ll be able to use our beer finder to locate a retailer near you as the beer starts selling in stores. In the meantime, take a look at the press release below for more details about our new addition.

Ommegang Great Beyond 12oz BottleNew brew from Ommegang transports to the Great Beyond
Ommegang’s first ever DIPA rolls out nationally throughout June

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Tucked between lush hills and alongside a lazy river, beyond the lights and crowds and bustle, is a brewery unlike any other. From this bucolic setting in Cooperstown, NY, comes a very special new beer: Great Beyond Double IPA. More so than any other beer ever crafted at Brewery Ommegang, this beer was designed to be transcendent – to transport drinkers to an idyllic Upstate NY state-of-mind and being. The new brew ships nationally throughout June in six-packs and draft.

The first beer Ommegang has released since it was named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-sized breweries at the 2016 World Beer Cup, Great Beyond Double IPA is a build upon the highly successful Nirvana IPA. Nirvana debuted almost exactly one-year ago throughout the brewery’s northeast backyard of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In only 12 months, as reported by IRI in NY Food data, Nirvana is already the #3 selling NY-IPA. Overall, it is the #13 selling IPA 6-pack despite having weighted distribution well below 50%.

“Double IPA is a style we were excited to brew – it’s a further exploration beyond the Belgian-styles we are known for historically,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster for Brewery Ommegang. “Nirvana received such a great reaction, of course we wanted to see if we could take that to another level.  And I’m really excited we are sharing this beer nationally – unlike Nirvana which we restrict to our heartland, fans everywhere can enjoy Great Beyond and tell us what they think.”

Great Beyond pours a hazy light copper color with a thick white head. The aroma is intensely fruity thanks to massive hop editions; notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot dominate the nose, with underlying hints of sweet citrus. The flavor is full of juicy, fruity hop character with resinous pine undertones. The body is pleasantly full with a silky mouthfeel and big balanced bitterness. The finish lingers, finally resolving to a pleasant hop presence. Great Beyond is 8.8% ABV and 83 IBUs, a true palate-wrecker.

Brewed with pilsner and Munich 20 malts, along with additions of flaked oats, and dextrose, Great Beyond has a beautifully smooth mouthfeel. Hopping is done throughout the brewing process with a blend of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Calypso, and Mandarina Bavaria hops, and the beer is fermented with American ale yeast.

Great Beyond pairs with big bold flavors like smoked and cured meats, barbeque, curries, and all manner of spicy food such as Thai stir fry. Bold rich chesses like extra-sharp cheddar and bleu cheese are excellent as well. Find Great Beyond in June throughout Ommegang’s distribution area in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft.

We can’t wait to hear what you think of Great Beyond!
Cheers.
Allison

2016 World Beer Cup

Hi, friends.
Our feet still haven’t quite touched the ground since Friday night when our brewery, our team, won top honors at the 2016 World Beer Cup SM in Philadelphia. Not only did Rosetta win gold and both Three Philosophers and Gnomegang win bronze in their respective categories but Ommegang was named the champion mid-size brewery and brewmaster for the 2016 competition. We’re humbled and honored and so proud of each and every member of our production team: brewing, packaging, quality, maintenance, and warehouse-they all had a hand in making this happen.

Here’s the press release will all the details about the event:

Brewery Ommegang named world’s best mid-size brewery at 2016 World Beer Cup SM

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Cooperstown, New York’s tranquil Brewery Ommegang sent up a boisterous cheer on Friday night when they were named the Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-size brewing companies, and won three individual beer awards at the 2016 World Beer Cup SM competition. The brewery won a gold medal for its newest beer, Rosetta, in the Belgian-style fruit beer category, a bronze for Three Philosophers in the Belgian-style dubbel and quadrupel category, and a bronze for Gnomegang in the Belgian-style tripel category. The World Beer Cup’s SM biennial awards ceremony was held in Philadelphia on Friday, May 6.

Breweries that produce between 15,001 and six million barrels a year are considered mid-size and in 2016, nearly 350 breweries participated in the World Beer Cup SM competition at that level. Ommegang was one of only six breweries to win three individual beer awards at the event.

“This is a tremendous achievement for our brewery and a testament to the skill and passion of our brewing, packaging, quality, maintenance, and warehouse teams,” said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “We never go to an event expecting to win. We believe our beers to be very high quality and we know they’re beloved by many, but so are many beers from many breweries all over the country and the world. To win a single award at the World Beer Cup SM is quite an achievement, but to win three along with the Champion Mid-Size Brewery Award leaves us a bit speechless.”

The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group that protects and promotes America’s small, independent craft brewers, created the World Beer Cup SM competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing. The 1996 competition was held with 600 beers and 250 breweries competing from 20 countries. Held biennially since then, the World Beer Cup SM has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious events in the international brewing industry. This year’s competition boasted 6,596 beers judged in 96 categories, beers from 1,907 breweries from 55 countries.  Judging was completed by approximately 260 judges from 31 countries, 75% of them from outside the United States.

Brewery Ommegang’s sister brewery Boulevard Brewing Company from Kansas City, MO was also a big winner that night. They were awarded a pair of awards: gold for The Sixth Glass in the Belgian-style dark strong ale category and silver for Tank 7 in the American-Belgo-style ale category.

Cheers!
Allison

Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale

seven_kingdoms_750ml_bottleWe’ve finished brewing our latest Game of Thrones-inspired beer, Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale, and the beer is now working its way from 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 both pro-beer seekers and those new to the sport. We know there’s a huge demand for this beer series so we brewed 74 brews of Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale which is the equivalent of about 545,000 bottles or nearly 90,000 gallons of beer.

Unlike previous releases in our Game of Thrones-inspired series, there’s no specific release date for Seven Kingdoms. The beer is now available in many locations across the country. If you are in the Cooperstown area, Seven Kingdoms is in stock at the brewery store and we’re open daily from 12-5 pm.

Ommegang is currently not distributed in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Seven Kingdoms will not be for sale in these states. Outside of the United States, Seven Kingdoms will be available in Ontario, 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 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 in advance.

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.

Lastly, our awesome sales teams are hosting a variety of launch events to celebrate the arrival of the new beer. You can visit our event page on Facebook to see if there’s an event near you.

Stay warm. Winter is coming.
Allison

A look at our new look

Cheers to our graphics designers and design partners who’ve worked for the past few months on an exciting new evolution of all Ommegang labels and packaging.  We’re thrilled to share our fresh new look with friends and fans.

Our large format 750ml, for Three Philosophers, Hennepin, Gnomegang, and Abbey Ale, are in lovely new bottles that are as elegant and refined as the wonderful beers inside. The labels that adorn each feature playful and intriguing illustrations done by illustrator Yann Legendre atop the iconic argyle pattern seen throughout our brewery and site. Our back labels now feature rich and illuminating stories about each individual beer, complements of our wonderful agency partner Phun & Dunn.

While the 750mls are perfect for sharing, these stronger and more complex Ommegang beers are also moving into stylish new 12 oz. bottles for individual drinking occasions.  The lighter and more accessible beers in our range – Nirvana, Witte and Rare Vos – get new bottles as well, but of a more easy-drinking style.  And excitingly, we’ve decided that Witte and Rare Vos should join their hoppy little sister Nirvana in six-packs.

Our graphic design team would love to thank and recognized illustrator Yann Legendre (http://www.yannlegendre.com/) on the beautiful illustrations, and with Phun & Dunn (http://www.phunanddunn.com/) on the beer stories. We are thrilled with the way these two elements help bring the beers to life on each label.

We hope you like our new look! We can’t wait to show you more in the months and years to come.

Cheers!
Bill

Bill is the director of marketing/general manager/resident Cavs fan here at Ommegang!

Meet Shadow Brewer

UPDATE: We recently added a video of Brewmaster Phil Leinhart talking about the inspiration behind Shadow Brewer. Check if out here.

We have a brand new beer heading out to shelves and taps this month. Shadow Brewer is a 9.7% ABV imperial stout named for our night shift brewers. It’s the kind of beer they like to drink after working from 10 pm to 6 am. While the rest of the world is brewing coffee, these guys are settling down with a well-deserved cold one after a long nights work.

Starting after nightfall and retiring at sunrise, shadow brewers are typically quiet and true professionals who labor though off hours bringing great beer to life. It can be a lonely task, with only a few compatriots, a well-chosen playlist, and tomorrow’s beer keeping company. In tribute to these oft-overlooked solitary souls, Ommegang is releasing Shadow Brewer, an imperial stout as dark and deep as a long Cooperstown winter’s night. The latest addition to the Brewmaster’s Obsession Series, Shadow Brewer, like its forebears, is a limited edition delving deep into the art and science of brewing.

“A Russian imperial stout is a beer style I have long wanted to explore” said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “I’ve been waiting for the right moment and the right inspiration. Once we cracked it, to me it only made sense that Shadow Brewer should honor our midnight brewers. As a veteran of many a nightshift during my early days in brewing, I can tell you this is the perfect beer to enjoy after working in the cold and dark all night.”

A thick tan head tops the jet black brew as aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate give way to rich dark fruit notes. The taste is malty, roasted, and chocolatey with moderate hop bitterness. The finish is thick with oatmeal creaminess and pleasant lingering roast. Shadow Brewer is brewed with and hopped with Columbus, Styrian Golding, Northern Brewer, and Chinook hops. An American ale yeast is used in both primary and secondary fermentation.

Pair with dark meats such as venison, braised lamb shanks, duck, or beef, funky aged cheeses, or rich desserts. Shadow Brewer will be available in late-February in 750ml specialty screen-printed bottles and draft.

Shadow Brewer will be sold in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA. Use our beer finder to locate a retailer near you. Keep in mind the beer finder is based on sales data so it may take a few weeks for a new beer to register. We always recommend calling ahead to ask about availability.

We can’t wait to hear what you think about this new beer. Be sure to let us know!

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Cheers!
Allison