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Snommegang 2018

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Our Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival is a celebration of the passionate pursuit of perfection shared by brewers across the country. To celebrate this noble endeavor, we proud to announce that in March 2018, we’ll host Snommegang in two locations: the inaugural Snommegang Lake Placid, and the fifth annual Snommegang Oneonta. For the Oneonta event, we’ll once again partner with America On Tap, the country’s leading producer of premium craft beer festivals, to expand this increasingly popular beer festival this winter in the City of the Hills.

Snommegang Lake Placid is Saturday, March 3 from 2-6 pm at the beautiful High Peaks Resort and will feature 30 of America’s best breweries, their medal-worthy beers, and hors d’oeuvre stations. Enjoying these delicious beers will be all the better thanks to the breathtaking back drop of Lake Placid, a truly dazzling winter landscape where visitors can experience a one-of-a-kind cross section of awesome beer, delicious food, and world-class alpine sport. Beyond the pour, visitors can enjoy Saturday late-night specials at area bars and Sunday hair-of-the-dog brunch specials around town.

Snommegang Oneonta is Saturday March 10 from 2-6 pm on historic Main Street in Oneonta, NY and will feature also feature 30 breweries from across the United States. The beer tasting is accompanied by live music, food and activities – all within heated tents along Muller Plaza and surrounding businesses on Main Street. Music and activities in Muller Plaza are free and open to the public, and tickets are only required for the tasting portion of the event.

Both Snommegang events are for guests age 21+. Tickets for both locations are on sale now. Snommegang Lake Placid tickets are $50 each and available on TicketFly.com. Tickets for Snommegang Oneonta vary in price depending on group size and purchase date. Visit Snommegang.com for more details.

America On Tap Beer Festivals is the first and only national live event series dedicated to showcasing specialty and craft breweries from around the globe, while also delivering authentic, craft beer-focused experiences filled with live music, great vendors, and delicious local food. Ommegang is pleased to continue their partnership America On Tap in 2018.

“As a proud Upstate brewery, we take great delight in celebrating our long, snowy season, embracing the beauty of this winter wonderland,” says Doug Campbell, our brewery president. “To add such a storied location and a fantastic partner as Village of Lake Placid to the Snommegang schedule represents a great evolution of the very strong event we’ve already built with America On Tap in Oneonta.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Brewery Ommegang and couldn’t be happier to see the Snommegang Festival expand to an additional location” said Brittany Gilman, Marketing Manager, America on Tap. “The Snommegang festival experience and reputation will only strengthen now with two weekends of overflowing fun and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

We hope to see you at Snommegang this winter!

Big Top BCTC: Music, Schedule and Map

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We’re so thrilled to have Puddles Pity Party returning to the brewery this weekend to headline Big Top BCTC! Joining him on stage between 3 pm and midnight are Danke Baby, Evan Watson, Flux Capacitor, Bella’s Bartok, and DJ Goldee Dust. Danke Baby will also provide live music for the VIP dinner on Friday evening.

We have all sorts of Big Top fun planned for the weekend. Take a look at the schedule and the map to see what’s happening when and where on Friday and Saturday.

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Big Top BCTC: Breweries and Beers

It’s Monday, and Big Top BCTC is coming to the brewery in just a few days. We’ve been working ’round the clock on all the final details, including the attending brewery list and what beers they are bringing! The list is alphabetized by brewery name and has the tent and table information on there too so you can plan out your afternoon at the tasting.

The list can be downloaded here: BCTC 2017 Attending Brewers and Beers_FINAL.

You can also view a PDF here: BCTC-2017-Attending-Brewers-and-Beers_FINAL.

If there are any changes this week (ie. someone can’t make it or they want to swap in a different beer) we will make changes to this document up until 5 pm on Thursday.

Cheers!

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Innovation Beers at Big Top BCTC

Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe has had a busy year developing new beers on the brewery’s pilot system and he’s ready to share a few of those new recipes with BCTC attendees on Saturday, August 5. Some of these beers are just for fun and some are test batches for future Ommegang beers. In any case, we think they’re delicious and we can’t wait to hear what you think about them next weekend.

As these are test brews, only one sixtel of each beer exists so be sure to stop by early in the appropriate session if there’s something you want to try.  These beers will be poured in the innovation tent which is adjacent to the brewery patio.

On tap for session one (2:30 to 5 pm): 

Belgian Pilsner (5.1 % ABV): Crisp, clean, and dry; fermented with a Belgian lager yeast.

Experimental Pale (6.4 % ABV): Brewed with two experimental unnamed hop varieties from the PNW, fermented with American ale yeast.

Belgian Stout (6.7 %): Brewed with cocoa nibs, fermented with a special Belgian yeast.

Blend #1 (5.2 %): A blend of Pale Sour Ale and Short Sleeve Saison, with apricot and peach juices.

On tap for session two (5 to 7 pm): 

Double Rainbow (8.0 % ABV): NEIPA with Mosaic, Simcoe, Motueka, Centennial, and Topaz hops.

Hibiscus Hennepin (7.7 % ABV): Our beloved farmhouse saison brewed with hibiscus flowers.

Tripel IPA (9.5 % ABV): Belgian-style Tripel brewed with Lopal and Ekuanot hop powder.

Oak-Aged Dubbel (7.7 % ABV): Belgian-style Dubbel aged briefly on oak.

You can find all of these beers listed on Untappd. We hope you’ll give them a try and let us know on the app what you think!

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Meet Brunetta

Good morning, friends. Today’s the day we launch Brunetta Oud Bruin at the brewery. Today’s also our annual garage sale so while you’re picking up Brunetta, take a peek at some items from Ommegang’s past on sale at deep discounts. Win-win! We’re open 11 am to 5 pm today.

Ommegang Brunetta Bottle 11.2ozBrunetta is a 5% ABV traditional Oud Bruin, or sour brown ale, developed by our brewmaster Phil Leinhart, and the master blenders at our sister brewery, Liefmans, in Oudenaarde, Belgium. Liefmans has been perfecting their blending techniques for more than 300 years, and is renowned for their clean and balanced sour beers.

The Oud Bruin style is known for its playful flirtation between sweet and sour flavors and Brunetta is no exception. “Brunetta is a mild, clean Oud Bruin, well-balanced and with a touch of caramel sweetness from the specialty malts,” says Phil. “It’s been a privilege to brew with Marc Coesens and his talented team at Liefmans. The opportunity to work with our beer brethren is always such an honor.”

Brunetta pours a deep amber-brown with clarity and a tan head with light retention. Aromas of raisin, prune, and sweet malts are followed by subtle hints of lactic sourness. The balanced sweet and sour flavor leads with caramel malt and finishes with a clean, refreshing sourness. Brunetta is medium bodied and moderately dry with a pleasant nutty flavor in the finish.

Brewed with a traditional blend of pilsner, amber, and caramel malts and with minimal hopping, Brunetta’s mixed culture fermentation begins in Liefmans’ open copper vats and continues in stainless tanks for four to eight months. This Oud Bruin’s balanced acidity is a perfect accompaniment to rich dishes like duck confit, chicken liver pâté, all manner of mild cheeses, and NY-style cheese cakes and other mildly sweet desserts.

Available in 11.2 oz. four-packs and on draft at the brewery beginning today, Brunetta will also be available in select Ommegang retailers in the following states beginning this month and into June: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV plus Washington D.C., U.S.V.I., and P.R.