Cafe Ommegang

Visiting Ommegang: Tour Regulations and Cafe Information, Summer 2015

We’re off to a bit of a rainy start to the summer season but the hops are LOVING it. And we’re happy to say the rain isn’t keeping visitors away! Thanks to everyone who’s come to see us so far this year.

We expect to welcome nearly 85,000 visitors this year between our concert-goers, attendees for BCTC and our other events, and those stopping in for a flight, a bite, a tour, or a tasting. We enjoy meeting new friends from across the globe, and sharing our story and our beer with everyone who makes the journey to Ommegang.

Are you coming to see us this summer? Here’s some updated information about visiting Ommegang.

We are open daily from 11 am to 6 pm for tours, tastings, cafe service, and for shopping in the brewery store. We are closed for BCTC (August 7-8), concerts (July 24, July 26, July 31, August 1, August 15, August 16) and occasionally for other special events. Closings are posted on Facebook, on our website, and they are also on our phone message when you call 607-544-1800.

At the brewery, we run tours on the hour and tastings on the half hour. Tours are FREE and tastings are $5 per person and include a souvenir tasting glass. You must be at least 5 years old to take the tour and 21 years old to participate in a tasting. Tours and tastings fill up fast so we recommend getting to the brewery early to make sure you get a spot. Tours and tastings are limited to 20 people for each time slot.

Last summer we introduced new safety regulations for our tours.

  • No bare shoulders.
  • No open toe shoes.
  • No items in shirt pockets.
  • No dangly jewelry.

Coming to see us but only have a tank top? Do you only wear sandals in the summer? Not a problem! We have clean, short-sleeve work shirts, stylish CROCS, and disposable socks that we’re happy to lend to you for the tour.

These clothing requirements are for the safety of our guests, our staff, our brewery, and our beer. We appreciate your adherence to these policies.

Want to have a meal at Ommegang? We do that too! Here are a few things to know about our  communal dining café:

  • Your entire party must be present before seating.
  • We do not sit parties larger than 14 and we do not split checks for parties larger than seven.
  • If you are here with your children, please order for them to avoid double orders and double charges.
  • Please don’t move tables or seats after ordering. This will help expedite your service.
  • If you are going to enjoy a tour or tasting while you’re here, please don’t leave your children behind! Kids may not be left unattended at a café table or anywhere else on the brewery grounds. They must be supervised at all times for their safety and the safety of all guests and our staff.

Still have questions? Email info@ommegang.com and we’ll do our best to assist you. We look forward to seeing you at Brewery Ommegang this summer. Cheers!

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

Visiting Ommegang, Tour Regulations, and the Pop-up Store, Summer 2014

UPDATE 6/18/15: This blog post is from 2014 so the dates mentioned below are not applicable if you’re planning a trip for 2015 and beyond. For information about visiting the brewery and a list of dates when we’ll be closed, please visit our website.

We are LOVING the warm weather here in Upstate New York and the visitors that come with it!

We’re happy to see so many new faces and returning friends at the brewery this summer. We expect to welcome nearly 65,000 visitors this year between our concert-goers, attendees for BCTC and our other events, and those stopping in for a flight, a bite, a tour, or a tasting. We enjoy meeting new friends from across the globe, and sharing our story and our beer with everyone who makes the journey to Ommegang.

Are you coming to see us this summer? Here’s some updated information about visiting Ommegang.

We are open daily from 11 am to 6 pm for tours, tastings, cafe service, and for shopping in the brewery store. We are closed for BCTC (August 8-9), concerts (August 1, August 3, September 6) and occasionally for other special events. Closings are posted on Facebook and they are also on our phone message when you call 607-544-1800.

At the brewery, we run tours on the hour and tastings on the half hour. Tours are FREE and tastings are $3 per person and include a souvenir tasting glass. You must be at least 5 years old to take the tour and 21 years old to participate in a tasting. Tours and tastings fill up fast so we recommend getting to the brewery early.

This summer, we have some new safety regulations in place for our tours.

No bare shoulders.

No open toe shoes.

No items in shirt pockets.

No dangly jewelry.

Coming to see us but only have a tank top? Do you only wear sandals in the summer? Not a problem! We have clean, short-sleeve work shirts, stylish CROCS, and disposable socks that we’re happy to lend to you for the tour.

These clothing requirements are for the safety of our guests, our staff, our brewery, and our beer. We appreciate your adherence to these policies.

If you’re swinging through Cooperstown but dIMG_8280on’t have time to visit the brewery, stop by our pop-up store at 134 Main Street. The Ommegang Prohibition Store is an “all gear, no beer” location where you can stock up on apparel, barware, books, local and specialty food items, and Ommegang glassware. The store staff can also tell you where to grab a glass of Ommegang on draft or pick up a four-pack while you’re in town.

In town for the day? Catch the trolley from Doubleday Field Trolley Stop (directly across from the Prohibition Store) and take a ride out to the brewery. Pick up times are 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm and the drop off times are 2 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm on the days when the trolley is running. Day-passes are $2 per person and available for purchase on the trolley.

Still have questions? Email info@ommegang.com and we’ll do our best to assist you. Cheers!

Valentine’s Day Beer Dinner at Brewery Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang’s executive chef may be a genius in the kitchen but he’s got a lot to learn about Valentine’s Day.  Rather than making reservations for a night out or planning a quiet evening at home with him slaving in the kitchen, Chef Evan Brown is putting his sweetheart to work at Café Ommegang.

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“I love cooking with her and I’m definitely not in trouble for asking her to work on Valentine’s Day,” said Brown, smiling. “This is my gift to her; getting her back in a professional kitchen for an evening.  And of course flowers and a nice bottle of wine.”

Chef Evan enlisted the help of his wife and co-New England Culinary Institute alum, Siu Trang, to create a delicious menu for couples to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.  The pair, who has previously worked together in several restaurants, is excited to share their love of food with guests attending this special event.

The five-course dinner includes carrot and red cabbage consommé paired with Witte; pink peppercorn and blood orange tuna tartar with candied orchids and hibiscus vinegar paired with Ommegang’s new spring seasonal, Glimmerglass; fried oyster with fig caviar, buckwheat and brown butter sand, and mignonette foam paired with Hennepin; bacon-wrapped Berkshire pork tenderloin, braised lamb ribs, Jerusalem artichoke and beet puree, dauphine potatoes, and a Sauce Romaine paired with Abbey Ale; and Three Philosophers genoise with Cuvée Brut cherry jelly, chocolate ganache, and effervescent conversation hearts paired with Three Philosophers.

The evening begins with a beer tasting at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7 PM.  Reservations are $125 per couple and may be purchased in person at the Brewery Ommegang gift shop or by calling (607) 544-1800 ext. 832.  GBDGF dinners sell out quickly so please call early to reserve your seats.

You’re Invited: 5 Courses + 5 Beers with Chef Travis Yuen

Delicious food. Fine Belgian-style Ales. One unforgettable night. Cafe Ommegang’s next Great Beer Deserves Great Food dinner will be held on Saturday, May 11th at Café Ommegang and will feature a menu by Chef Travis Yuen of ALEWIFE NYC located in Long Island City and WEST 3RD Common located in NOHO in Manhattan. 

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This seated dinner starts at 7:00pm and features 5 courses made by Chef  Travis to pair with 5 different Ommegang beers.  Guests can expect a fun night with some of the world’s best beers presented by a top quality New York Chef.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the Brewery Ommegang Gift Shop. Call 607-286-4090 between 12 noon and 5pm for reservations.

Course 1:
Shitake Spring Rolls With Spicy Szechuan Peanut Sauce
Paired with Ommegang Art of Darkness

Course 2:
5 Spice Pork Rillette and Guanciale
Paired with Ommegang Rare Vos

Course 3:
Smoked Tuna Tartar with Crispy Daikon Cake with XO sauce
Paired with Ommegang Fleur de Houblon

Course 4:
Seared Venison Tataki with Soba Noodles
Paired with Ommegang Gnomegang

Course 5:
Key Lime Pie with Crème Chantilly
Paired with Ommegang Witte

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