Beers

Cheers to 20 Years

When we were founded in 1997 on a 140-acre former hop farm it was with a simple goal in mind – brew beautiful, imaginative Belgian-style ales blended with a touch of American innovation. Twenty years later, that is still the our goal, and to celebrate two decades of inspired Belgian-style brewing, we are proud to release our 20th Anniversary Ale, a luxurious Belgian-style dark ale aged for more than five months in bourbon barrels. It’s available now in many markets and you can use our beer finder to search for retailers near you.

For 20th Anniversary Ale, we took a classic Belgian-style brew and gave it an American twist through aging in Bourbon whiskey barrels. Brewed with a careful blend of Munich, Special B, Cara-Vienne, and Blackprinz malts with additions of Belgian candi sugar, 20th Anniversary Ale enjoys balanced hopping with Spalter Select, and Styrian Golding hops. Following fermentation, this deep, rich, complex brew inspired by the great Trappist brewing tradition, spends several months maturing in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The result is an ale perfect for sharing, celebrating, and rejoicing.

“Twenty years ago, our founders built Brewery Ommegang with a simple purpose: to use Belgian-inspired brewing to elevate the entire conversation about craft beer in this country,” remarks our president, Doug Campbell. “Today, two decades later, with the release of this beer, we honor their legacy while at the very same time we continue to pursue it every day.”

20th Anniversary Ale pours a deep mahogany color with a thick tan head. Aromas of oak and bourbon upfront give way to subtler notes of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor is mildly sweet, with notes of caramel and molasses mingling with hints of bourbon and oak. A rich mouthfeel, and full body resolves to a sweet finish balanced nicely by a slight drying astringency. Dark roasted meats, rich creamy cheeses, Belgian chocolate are excellent pairing options, or enjoy this beer as a dessert all on its own.

In addition to 20th Anniversary Ale, we’ve also released a 20th Anniversary Rare Beer Pack that includes three rare beers and an Ommegang glass. The beers, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Three Philosophers, Ginnepin Saison brewed with juniper berries, and Bourbon Barrel-aged Abbey Ale, are all unique takes on a few of our favorite beers.

Both 20th Anniversary Ale and 20th Anniversary Rare Beer Pack are available now in many retailers in the following states: AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA, WI, WV, plus Washington D.C., the U.S.V.I., and Puerto Rico.

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Hopstate NY 2017

NY State Hops

As hop harvest wraps up in NY, we are proud to once again shine the spotlight on New York State hop farmers with the release of Hopstate NY IPA, the third annual vintage of Hopstate NY beer, brewed with all-NYS hops. Brewed to help support the state’s burgeoning hop industry, this year’s Hopstate NY is an India Pale Ale, and the beer is available now only in NY State on draft and in four-packs.

The hop industry has deep roots in NY State. The region was the epicenter of hops production in the United States in the 1800s, producing 80% of the country’s hops. For the past several years, Ommegang, which is located on the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY, has purchased New York State-grown and processed hops. Hops for this year’s beer were sourced from Weathertop Farm in Palmyra, Pedersen Farms in Seneca Castle, Willet Hop & Grain in Willet, and Mosher Farm in Bouckville.

From our president, Doug Campbell: “In this, our third year of the Hopstate NY program, we are extremely proud to contribute to the continued advancement of the hop farming trade throughout New York. We are delighted to see the continued growth of Farm Breweries around the state and we continue to believe that with the sustained support of brewers, New York’s hop famers can regain their rightful place among the world’s most respected hop-growing regions.”

At 7.4% ABV, Hopstate NY IPA is brewed with Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, and Nugget hops, and is fermented with an English ale yeast. The beer pours a hazy pale orange with a fluffy white head. The aroma is bursting with tropical fruit and citrus notes balanced by hints of sweet malt. The flavor follows the aroma with tropical fruit, and citrus hop character upfront balanced by a pleasantly sweet bready malt character. Balanced bitterness spreads across the whole palate, paired with a velvety-smooth mouthfeel and a medium-full body. The finish is moderately dry with just a touch of lingering bitterness. Hopstate NY IPA pairs well with grilled and smoked meats and fish, pizza, burgers, and moderately sharp cheeses.

 This year, Hopstate NY IPA is only available in New York but as the local hop industry grows, this beer may expand to new states, symbolizing its rebirth and vitality. The beer is available now in 12oz. four-packs for the suggested retail price of $10.99. Our website offers a beer finder for locating retailers by zip code in case you’re thirsty to try this!

Cheers!

Winter is Coming

UPDATE 10/11: Winter is Here and the 2+1 gift packs are shipping to distributors now and you should start seeing the beer in retail near the end of the month. The beer will be available at the brewery in Cooperstown on Saturday, October 21.  

Daenerys Targaryen has finally set sail for Westeros with her armies, dragons and new Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow has been named King in the North after defeating Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards and returning Winterfell to House Stark. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister has seized the Iron Throne by incinerating the High Sparrow, his followers and her rivals in the Sept of Baelor. But as old alliances fracture and new ones emerge, an army of dead men marches on the Wall, threatening to end the game of thrones forever.

On that note, we are excited to announce a brand new Game of Thrones-inspired beer and the return of a fan favorite.

Winter is Here This Fall with Latest Game of Thrones® Beer from Brewery Ommegang and HBO®

Brewery and HBO Will Re-Release Fire and Blood Red Ale to Accompany New Beer

It may be the start of summer, but Game of Thrones fans from throughout the realm are preparing for winter when the hit HBO series returns July 16. And while those fans will still be sipping Bend the Knee Golden Ale throughout Season 7, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are proud to announce that a brand new beer in their successful partnership, available this fall, will confirm once and for all that, finally, Winter is Here! An 8.3% AVB Belgian-style double white ale with the fearsome Night King emblazoned on the label, Winter is Here will be available in 750ml single bottles, on draft, and also paired alongside previously released Fire and Blood Red Ale in a collectible gift pack complete with a commemorative glass. Suggested retail price is $11.99 for the individual bottles and $23.99 for the gift pack, both of which will be on shelves in late October.

“For six seasons, Game of Thrones fans like ourselves have watched as the great houses of Westeros battled amongst themselves, all the while knowing that the only battle that really mattered – the great war – was yet to come,” says Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang’s President. “In this next season, we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of winter with a beer fit for consumption north of The Wall. Winter is Here is a fortifying and delicious double white, brewed with sea salt and white pepper, sure to keep you warm in winter, no matter how long it lasts.”

Game of Thrones fans have been waiting for winter since the very first episode of the series debuted,” says Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. “Now, thanks to this latest Game of Thrones beer, they’ll have the perfect brew to sip throughout the cold months that lie ahead. We can’t wait for fans to get their first taste of Winter is Here!”

Winter is Here is brewed with pilsner malt, white wheat malt, and soft red wheat flakes, hopped with Saaz hops, and spiced with white pepper, sea salt, coriander and sweet orange peel. Brewery Ommegang’s house yeast is used in primary and secondary fermentation. This double white ale pours a hazy pale straw color with a stark white head. Aromas of banana, clove, and pronounced peppery phenols lead, and the flavor is slightly sweet malt, subtly balanced by hints of sea salt. Despite a full mouthfeel and healthy ABV, it still manages to drink quite lightly. The finish gradually builds in a warming crescendo of peppery spice.

Fire and Blood was the third beer in the collaborative series, originally released in spring of 2014. It’s brewed with pilsner, spelt, rye, and other specialty malts, hopped with Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops, and spiced with ancho chilies for additional complexity. The hue is deep, dark red with a persistent, creamy, off-white head. The aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, slight spice and malt mix nicely with a slight floral, spicy hop character. The flavor of sweet malt gives way to faint dryness and is balanced by spicy rye and hop flavors with underlying raisin and prune notes. The finish offers balanced malt and spicy characteristics from hops and rye. Fire and Blood is 6.8% ABV, and the label art features one of the original three labels, a fiery image of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, Drogon.

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Meet Fruition

Have you seen an Ommegang beer with a tropically pink label on the shelves lately? That’s Fruition, a brand new, year-round offering that’s been moving out from the brewery as the warm weather has been moving in. And on this very first day of summer, we’re excited to share all the details with you and tell you where to find it.

Fruition is a refreshing 5.3% ABV dry-hopped wheat ale that begins with our award-winning Witte as the base beer and is then given a tropical twist with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices. The result is a slightly tart and fruity, hop-forward beer that’s exceptionally drinkable. It’s the perfect beer to pair with summer.

Brewmaster Phil Leinhart says: “As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition. This beer is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.”

Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes, and spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander, Fruition is fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices then dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade hops.

Fruition pours a pale straw color with moderate haziness and a fluffy white head. Tropical fruit and citrus aromas dominate the nose and the flavor follows suit with tart tropical fruit and citrus up front, followed by a smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. The finish is resoundingly dry with nice effervescence. The dryness and acidity of Fruition make it a perfect beer to pair with all manner of cheeses, particularly cheeses with some funk. The effervescence also makes this beer a great pairing with saltier foods – try Fruition with Belgian frites or chicken & waffles.

Fruition is available now in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and Washington D.C. You can use our beer finder to search for retailers near your zip code.

Have you tried Fruition? Tell us what you think!

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Gnomegeddon: One Small Sip for Conservation

Like many Americans, we at Brewery Ommegang were dismayed – if not entirely shocked – to learn of the decision last week to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.  Along with so many other things, it seems to us to be the latest sign of the coming apocalypse.

Not being ones to sit idly by, to commemorate these tumultuous times, we have decided to release from our cellars a limited quantity of Gnomegeddon, a beer we’ve released before but which has never seemed more appropriate than it does now.

For every bottle of Gnomegeddon we sell between now and the end of the year, we’ll donate a dollar to The Nature Conservancy, an organization that, like ourselves, has long supported efforts to conserve the lands and waters on which lives and livelihoods depend. In our case, as a brewery nestled in the idyllic hills of Cooperstown, NY, we are blessed to be surrounded by breathtaking natural surroundings and the Susquehanna River in particular, which serves as the lifeblood of what we do for a living.

A Belgian-style Blonde Ale fermented with Brettanomyces yeast that refuses to be contained or controlled, even by the very brewmasters who brought it into this world, Gnomegeddon is a fiendishly unpredictable beer for fiendishly unpredictable times. At 9.5% ABV, it pours a light orange color with slight haziness and a firm white head. Aromas of tropical fruit, sweet cherry, and a hint of cinnamon are followed flavors of ripe fruit, sweet malt, and light caramel. Medium bodied and incredibly smooth, Gnomegeddon pairs well with roasted fish or chicken, glazed ham, and strong cheeses… or whatever you plan to serve at the End of Days.

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You can learn more about our record of environmental protection by taking a look at past articles like this one from The Washington Post, or this one from All About Beer, or this one from Brewbound. We’ll share a list of states that will have the beer shortly.