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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Visiting Ommegang: Tour Regulations and Cafe Information, Summer 2017

UPDATE: New hours! We are open daily from 12 pm to 6 pm for cafe service and for shopping in the brewery store. Tours and tastings are offered daily from 12 pm to 5 pm..  We’re also open for dinner from 6-9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. We are closed occasionally this fall for holidays and special events. Closings are posted on our website, and they are also on our phone message when you call 607-544-1800.

Tours are on the hour and tastings are on the half hour. Tours are FREE and tastings are $6 per person and include a souvenir tasting glass. You must be at least five years old to take the tour and 21 years old to participate in a tasting. We do not take reservations for tours and tastings and they can 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.

A few years ago 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? 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! Enjoy a meal in our cafe or on our covered patio. Here are a few things to know:

  • Groups up to eight can enjoy a formal setting with table service and a full menu inside our café. Please note your whole group must be present for seating.
  • Groups of all sizes can enjoy a more casual setting outside on our covered patio. The patio offers open seating, a limited menu, and orders-to-go at the patio bar. 
  • To expedite service, we do not split checks more than twice. 
  • 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 or patio 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.
  • We offer a prix fixe menu and reservations for dinner Friday-Saturday nights from 6:30 to 9 pm for groups up to 30. Please email our Catering Supervisor for the menu and additional information. 

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.

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.

Bend the Knee Golden Ale

Hi, friends!

We’ve finished brewing and packaging our latest Game of Thrones-inspired beer, Bend the Knee Golden Ale, and the beer is now working its way from distributors to your favorite stores and bars. The official release date for Bend the Knee is today, May 22. The beer is now available in many locations across the country and it will be available in many more locations by Memorial Day Weekend.

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If you are in the Cooperstown area, Bend the Knee will be available at the brewery this Saturday, May 27, from 11 am to 9 pm. We’ll also have a replica Iron Throne from the show on site at the brewery that day. All guests are welcome to take a seat (and a photo) on the most powerful seat in Westeros. Photos on the Iron Thrones are available from 12-8 pm on Saturday. 

Ommegang is currently not distributed in Mississippi, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Seven Kingdoms will not be for sale in these states. Outside of the United States, Seven Kingdoms may only be available in Ontario, Canada. There is not currently a release date set for Canada. We’re working with our distributor there and we’ll update this post when/if we have one.

We have a beer finder that will show the locations that the beer has been sold to. The beer finder works by aggregating sales data from the distributor and it is uploaded often a few days after the sale into the account. With the great demand it might even be sold out by the time it is listed on our beer finder, so we strongly encourage you to call your local retailers in advance to ask about availability. When you find Bend the Knee, you can tag a photo of the beer with #GoTxOmmegang on social media to let friends know where you found it.

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It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot do any online orders. There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those here as they come in. For starters, keep an eye out on Craftshack.com which typically carries our limited release beers.

Happy hunting.
Allison

 

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.