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A Look at Bend the Knee

Last week, GQ announced details of our next Game of Thrones-inspired beer, Bend the Knee. This Belgian-style golden ale brewed with honey is due out around Memorial Day. It’ll be available on draft and in a series of three collectible bottles, each featuring one of three Great House sigils. We’re very exciting about this new beer and can’t wait to share it with you in a few months.

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Please note: Ommegang is not currently distributed in Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, or Wyoming so you won’t be able to find this beer in those states. We have very limited distribution in Canada (only in Ontario) and when the Game of Thrones-inspired beers are brought to Ontario, they are typically a few months behind the US release. We’ll share more details about availability, and tips for find the beer, when we get closer to the launch.

Here’s the press release we shared last week:

When fans last gripped their glasses at the end of Game of Thrones’ sixth season, the great houses of Westeros were on the brink of an epic conflict. Cersei had ascended to the Iron Throne as the first queen of Westeros, Jon Snow and Sansa Stark had just reclaimed the North, and Daenerys Targaryen had set sail for the Seven Kingdoms. To commemorate the coming mêlée in the Emmy® Award-winning show’s epic seventh season, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are excited to announce a new beer in their collaborative series: Bend the Knee Golden Ale.

Paying homage to the struggle for control of the Seven Kingdoms, Bend the Knee will be available on draft and in a series of three collectible 750ml bottles, all finished in matte black and adorned with one of the three Great House sigils: Stark, Targaryen, or Lannister. The beer clocks in at 9.0% ABV and bears a suggested retail price of $10.99 per bottle. And while the show’s return date has yet to be announced, fans can mark their calendars for the official nationwide release of the beer, which will be on shelves around Memorial Day.

“With this next Game of Thrones-inspired release, we wanted a beer and a pack that was fit for a king… or a queen,” said Brewery Ommegang President, Doug Campbell. “Drawing from a rich Belgian brewing tradition, Golden Strong Ales are deceptive due to their unique combination of extreme drinkability and relatively high alcohol content. Bend the Knee walks that line, while also incorporating the delicate flavors of honey into the mix. The subtle noble and floral hop contribution adds to its delicateness, and the beer finishes smooth and dry.”

“We love the idea of a golden ale to kick off the summer and to keep fans engaged as they wait for Game of Thrones to return,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing and Retail, HBO. “With the story focusing in on these three major houses—Stark, Lannister and Targaryen—we’re excited to give fans the chance to align themselves with their favorite house as they sip this latest brew.”

Bend the Knee is brewed with pils malt and flaked oats and hopped with Saaz, Bravo, and Styrian Golding hops. It pours a golden hue with a large, frothy head. Both the aroma and flavor mix maltiness and citrus from the hops, while Ommegang’s signature house yeast produces prominent fruitiness. Wildflower honey added during fermentation provides light sweetness to the beer, which finishes dry and with firm hop bitterness.

Fit for any feast table, Bend the Knee’s clean and balanced flavor and effervescent carbonation make it a fine pairing for a variety of foods including seafood and shellfish, roasted or grilled chicken, grilled steaks, and aged Swiss-style cheeses.

Stay warm, friends.
Cheers.
Allison

Witte Wins Gold at GABF 2016

Last week our team had a darn good trip to Colorado and the Great American Beer Festival. In addition to spending three awesome nights pouring thousands of beer samples for the good people of Denver and beyond who came to the festival, we were shocked and thrilled on Saturday morning when Witte, our wheat ale, won a gold medal for Belgian-style Witbiers!

You can read all about the competition and Witte in the press release below. Big congratulations to our entire team, but especially our brewers, packaging, maintenance, quality, warehouse teams who spend day after day making sure our beer is the best it can be. Cheers, team!

Brewery Ommegang brings home gold from 2016 Great American Beer Festival® competition

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Cooperstown, New York’s beautiful Brewery Ommegang is having quite the year. After winning numerous medals plus the top award for mid-sized breweries at the 2016 World Beer CupSM in May, the brewery also won a gold medal at the Great American Beer FestivalR this weekend. Ommegang’s Witte Wheat Ale won top honors in the Belgian-style Witbier category. The GABF’sR annual competition was held in Denver, CO on Saturday, October 8.

In its 30th year, GABFawarded more than 280 medals to beers from 254 breweries. Witte was one of 85 beers judged in its category this year, and this is the third time Witte has won a medal at the event; it also won silver in 2014 and gold in 2011. This medal is Ommegang’s eighth in GABFR history which includes the three medals for Witte plus gold for Cave-Aged Hennepin in 2004, bronze for Hennepin in 2006, bronze for Rare Vos in 2008, and bronze for Three Philosophers in 2010 and 2013.

“Witte is one of the earliest beers we brewed at Ommegang, and it’s still one of the favorites,” says Phil Leinhart, Ommegang’s Brewmaster. “2016 has been quite a year for our brewery and I’m incredible proud of our entire team, especially our brewers and members of the packaging, maintenance, quality, and warehouse teams.”

According to the Brewers Association, which presents the festival, “GABFR is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence.” The Brewers Association is a not-for-profit trade group that protects and promotes America’s small, independent craft brewers. This year’s GABFR competition boasted 7,227 beers judged in 96 categories, and the beers were from 1,752 breweries from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.  Judging was completed over the course of five different three-hour judging sessions and by nearly 260 judges from 12 countries plus 170 competition volunteers.

Brewery Ommegang’s sister brewery Firestone Walker from Paso Robles, CA also had a winning day, taking home a gold medal for DBA (Double Barrel Ale) in the Ordinary or Special Bitter category. The full list of GABF award winners can be found here.

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President Doug Campbell and Brewery Justin “Lotty” Lottridge celebrate with Witte at the Ommegang booth at GABF.

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Allison, Lotty, Doug, Charlie Papazian (Founder, Brewers Association), and John on stage to receive Witte’s gold medal. Photo (C) 2016 Jason E. Kaplan

A Little Brewer’s Wager

This morning on Twitter our president Doug Campbell challenged Anchor Brewing’s President Matt Davenport to a little brewer’s wager on the New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants Wild Card game tonight.

Beer fans, you’re going to be the real winners in this. Read on…

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Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY and Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, CA have agreed to place a friendly wager on the outcome of tonight’s MLB National League Wild Card game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. Sporting blue and orange, Ommegang President Doug Campbell challenged Anchor’s President Matt Davenport this morning on Twitter. Matt accepted, terms were drawn up, and a tweet-handshake sealed the deal.

The winner will send beer and a jersey of the winning team to the losing brewing, and the loser, decked out in said uniform, will serve the winning brewery’s beer in their tasting room. The losing brewmaster will also travel to the winning brewery to brew a collaboration beer in honor of the winning team and city. The beer will be available in time for Opening Day 2017.

“This game promises to be an epic matchup between two great teams and two great states,” says Campbell. “I look forward to seeing pictures of Matt serving our beer to Anchor fans in San Francisco. Here in Cooperstown, our roots run deep in both the national pastime and our home state, and we are exciting to raise our glasses to the Mets’ victory tonight.”

“Baseball and San Francisco have gone hand in hand for more than 100 years. With roots that date back to the California Gold Rush, Anchor has been intrinsically tied to the city, enjoyed by Giants fans for decades,” says Davenport, decked out in orange and black. “We look forward to sharing our beer with Ommegang fans in Cooperstown, as we send some tasty West Coast [read: Best Coast] brews to be enjoyed in their taproom. It’s an even year and we all know what that means.”

The Wild Card game will be played at Citi Field in New York City tonight, October 5, beginning at 8:08 PM EST. Regardless of the outcome of the game, the true winners will be fans of craft beer everywhere, who will get to taste a new collaboration beer from the two breweries regardless of who actually tastes victory this evening.

Let’s Go Mets!

The Lumineers: General Admission Information

Hello, friends!

July 30 is going to be an amazing day at Brewery Ommegang as we welcome The Lumineers with very special guest Langhorne Slim & The Law plus Rayland Baxter to the brewery stage. Our friends at Dan Smalls Presents recently sent an email to ticket holders to share important concert information. Below is that very same important information about our unique venue that will help you plan your day and make it more enjoyable. Please read it thoroughly.

SCHEDULE
*please note that times are subject to change*
3:00 pm – Parking lots open for all ticket holders
4:00 pm – Will Call opens
5:00 pm – Main Gates Open
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Ticketing questions should be directed to your place of purchase:
Front Gate Tickets: http://www.frontgatetickets.com/support/contact/

PARKING
All parking is free! Brewery Ommegang’s event parking lot opens at 3:00 pm.

Space is limited. Carpooling is recommended and encouraged! 

All concert goers must arrive to the brewery via County Road 33 FROM THE SOUTH and make a right hand turn into the venue.  No vehicles traveling from the north will be admitted into the parking lot.  

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When the brewery lot is full, all traffic will be directed to the satellite parking lot located at Wood Bull Antiques on Route 28.  Shuttle buses will run constantly to and from the brewery for this short trip.

There is absolutely no parking on the side of the road.  Cars will be towed immediately. RVs of any kind are NOT ALLOWED in any event parking areas.

The address for Brewery Ommegang is 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown NY 13326.
The address for the satellite parking lot at Wood Bull Antiques is 3920 Route 28, Milford NY 13807.

VENUE
Please remember that the brewery is closed to the public on event days. We’ll open at 11:00 am on Sunday for regular service: tours, tastings, store, cafe.

There is no reentry to the concert area unless you are camping at the brewery. Camping passes are sold out and no upgrades will be available at the gate. 

Our staff and volunteers are very friendly. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need help. Our security personnel are highly trained and there are EMTs on site for your assistance.

Brewery Ommegang is an outdoor venue. Please plan for the weather. The event is rain or shine! You’re welcome to bring chairs and blankets to sit on at the show.

No outside food or beverage is allowed in the concert area. These items are allowed in the camping area. There will be many varieties of food for sale by Brewery Ommegang and additional independent vendors. There are options for vegetarians, etc. There are ATMs on site. Performers and Brewery Ommegang will be selling merchandise.

No open flames (i.e. no charcoal or propane grills, no campfires) are allowed anywhere on the grounds, including the camping area and the parking area.

No alcohol may be consumed by persons less than 21 years of age. Non-adherence will result in removal from event grounds.

No pets except certified assistance animals. Paperwork may be required.

Please do not bring any weapons, explosives, or illicit substances into the concert area.

Please respect our property and staff. Anyone caught damaging property or buildings, or being abusive to any of our concert staff (volunteers included) will be removed from the property. There will be no exceptions.

Our staff reserves the right to cut off alcohol service to any individual that appears to be intoxicated. This is at the discretion of the servers.

Only vendors licensed with Brewery Ommegang and with NYS are allowed to set up and sell at Ommegang events. No exceptions.

ALCOHOL
When it comes to alcohol, please know your limits. Brewery Ommegang beers are strong. Please drink in moderation and savor the flavor while knowing when to stop.

We take underage drinking very seriously and anyone breaking the rules will be asked to leave.

And please… please DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. We would be happy to call anyone a taxi or even drive you home safely. We care about your safety and hope you will respect yourselves and others by having a designated driver to keep our roads safe. Need a taxi? All-Star Taxi – (607)267-1834

BEER INFORMATION
The beverage list for the show is Witte, Rare Vos, Nirvana IPA, and Hopstate, and gluten-free Nine Pin Hard Cider. 

More than 50 United Way volunteers will man the beer tent at the show to pour beer for tips. Tips donated will go directly to United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties. United Way programs address areas such as health, financial stability, and education of local children and families. Learn more about http://www.unitedwaydo.org/.

We look forward to seeing a sold out crowd at the show and hope everyone has a safe, fun, and memorable time!

Cheers!

The 2016 Summer Concert Series

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Hi, friends! Big weekend coming up: the start of our 2016 Summer Concert Series! Produced in conjunction with Dan Smalls Presents, we’ve put together another great lineup! We couldn’t be more excited to welcome these great performers to Cooperstown, New York.

The 2016 Summer Concert Series: 
May 28-Lake Street Dive with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
July 8-The String Cheese Incident withTwiddle
July 9-Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals withTrombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
July 21-Norah Jones with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
July 30-The Lumineers with Rayland Baxter and Langhorne Slim & The Law (SOLD OUT)

Camping passes are still available for some shows. The links above will take you to the ticketing page for each show where you’ll find ticket and camping passes availability information. If you’re on Facebook, you can find an event page for each of concert by clicking here.

Brewery Ommegang Concert Policies

No outside food or beverage is allowed in the concert area. These items are allowed in the camping area. Absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed in any area. There are food and beverage vendors on site. Cold and delicious Ommegang beer will be available for purchase during the show. And there will be non-alcoholic beverage options for sale too. Some vendors do not accept credit cards but there will be ATMs on site for all events.

No alcohol may be consumed by persons less than 21 years of age. Our staff reserves the right to cut off alcohol service to any individual that appears to be intoxicated. Non-adherence will result in removal from event grounds.

The parking lot opens at 3 pm and the gates for all shows open at 5 pm. Campers will be allowed into the camping area at between 4 and 5 pm (this is when sound check wraps up) but fear not! You only have a couple hundred yards separating you from the stage so you don’t have far to walk once your site is set up.

Re-entry to the Ommegang concert area is only allowed until the music begins. The exception will be for attendees with camping passes.

No pets allowed except certified assistance animals. Paperwork may be required.

No weapons, explosives, or illicit substances of any kind are permitted on Brewery Ommegang property.

Please respect our property and staff. Anyone caught damaging property or buildings, or being abusive to any of our concert staff will be removed from the property. No exceptions.

Personal cameras are allowed in the venue. Flash photography, video, audio recording and removable lens cameras are not permitted without prior approval from tour management. Drone/aerial photography is not allowed. Contact dan@dansmallspresents.com with media inquiries.

Only vendors licensed with Brewery Ommegang and with New York State are allowed to vend at Ommegang events. No exceptions.

Brewery Ommegang is an outdoor venue and the show goes on rain or shine. Please plan for the weather. Lawn chairs, blankets and cushions are allowed.

Box Office Policies

The box office will open one hour prior to advertised doors and stay open until the headlining band takes the stage.

Will call patrons will need to show photo ID to collect their tickets.

Camping area has its own entrance and box office. If you have camping will call tickets, you will find them at the camping box office.

Camping Policies

No Open Flames (i.e. no charcoal or propane grills, no campfires) allowed anywhere on Brewery Ommegang property or satellite parking lots.

Brewery Ommegang offers rustic camping (tents only) – no RVs or camping trailers are allowed. No vehicles are allowed in the camping area. Camping is only allowed in the designated camping area.

Potable water and port-a-potties are located near the camping area.

All campers will need to vacate the event camping area by 12 pm the following day. Any campers with overnight tickets for multiple nights may keep their camping areas set up but will need to vacate the area from 12pm until doors open the next day to allow the staff time to clean the grounds and prepare for our next group of campers.

Campers are encouraged to arrive early to avoid having to park in the satellite parking lot.

Parking

Parking is available in the field next to the brewery grounds and there will be signs and volunteers to direct you there. CARPOOLING IS ENCOURAGED!

Overflow parking is available at Wood Bull Antiques (3920 County Highway 28, Milford, NY 13807) and we’ll have shuttle buses to bring visitors from the satellite lot to the brewery and back again after the show. The shuttle will begin at 5PM and end at 7PM when the main act takes the stage. Return buses begin at 11PM.

Handicap parking is available in the parking field on either side of the check in tent.

Safety

Plan to get home safely. Taxi services are available but remember that this is a rural community so service is limited. Don’t drink and drive. 

Medical personnel will be on site for emergencies. If you require assistance at any time, please contact one of our concert, security or medical personnel. They are there to assist you.

Please let us know if you have a question that we haven’t answered! We strive to make every concert and event at Ommegang a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees, performers, and our staff. We appreciate your adherence to our policies.

Email additional questions to info@ommegang.com.

Hope to see you at a show this summer!
Allison