Hello and happy Friday, friends. Some beery exciting news for the start of the weekend:
This summer, we will return to a page in the history books for our annual beer, food, music, and all-things-fun festival on August 3 and 4 in Cooperstown, NY, theming our annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event off the original Ommegang of 1549. Tickets go on sale to the public April 1 at noon and we’ll update this blog post and our website once the ticket link is live.
Belgium Comes to Cooperstown offers 3,000 lucky guests the opportunity to taste the very best Belgian beer in the world, including hard-to-find Belgian imports as well as Belgian-inspired beers from the top breweries in North America.
The Ommegang, for which the brewery is named, is a renowned festival in the city of Brussels, Belgium. The first Ommegang welcomed Emperor Charles the Fifth to the city, and the celebration is still held annually. While the emperor won’t be in attendance in Cooperstown this year, nearly 100 Belgian and Belgian-style breweries will be, each pouring their best offerings against the idyllic backdrop of the brewery, which was itself modeled after farmstead breweries found in Belgium. As always, the festival promises more than just great beer. Gourmet food vendors, live music, and a chance to camp under the stars alongside some of the world’s leading brewers and fellow craft beer enthusiasts make the weekend truly unique.
The festivities begin Friday, August 3 at 6 pm with a five-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders. Ommegang will partner with Sharon Springs, NY neighbors Beekman 1802 farm and mercantile to celebrate their new cookbook, A Seat at the Table, creating a dining experience featuring products from their delicious artisanal food line, expertly paired with Brewery Ommegang beers.
The brewery grounds open at noon on Saturday, August 4 for all General Admission and GA+camping ticket holders. The tasting begins at 2:30 pm for VIP ticket holders and 3:00 pm for General Admission, and ends at 7:00 pm. Live music will be performed on the brewery stage from 3:00 pm until midnight. The brewery will be closed to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 3, 4, and 5, but reopens for regular service on Monday, August 6.
VIP tickets cost $280/person and include:
- Two nights of camping on the brewery grounds
- A free tasting at the visitor’s center tasting room, a discount voucher for the brewery store, and access to Café Ommegang from 12-4 pm, all on Friday afternoon
- Friday evening’s beer pairing dinner
- Additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon
General admission tickets for Saturday’s tasting event cost $115/person, and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $145/person (camping is Saturday night only). Please note that BCTC is only for guests aged 21+ and that historically tickets for the event sell out quickly.
We’ll have additional information to share about breweries, beers, musical acts, food, activities, etc. in the next new months. We hope you’ll join us at BCTC this summer!