BCTC 2018: Breweries and Beers

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.

The list can be downloaded here: Breweries and Beers_7.31.2018.

You can also view a PDF here: Breweries and Beers_7.31.2018.

If there are any changes this week (ie. there’s a late edition, a brewery 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.

Tickets for the tasting event on Saturday, including a few camping tickets, are still available.
We look forward to seeing you at BCTC.

Meet Hopstate NY 2018

Hello, friends.

Hopstate is back with a brand new recipe for 2018. Brewed with 100% New York State grown hops, this juicy IPA launches on Thursday, July 26 at the brewery as well as in select retailers in New York. Additional states and retailers will receive the beer in August and September. Read on for more information about Hopstate IPA and where to find it.

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Brewery Ommegang’s Hopstate IPA celebrates New York farmers

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang is proud to once again shine the spotlight on New York State hop farmers with the release of Hopstate IPA, a classic India Pale Ale brewed exclusively with New York State hops. Hopstate IPA is part of the brewery’s Farmhouse Series, a line of beers that draws inspiration from the brewery’s home on the site of a historic 140-acre hop farm.

Ommegang has long supported the reinvigoration of the New York hop industry with annual releases that showcase its produce. The fourth such release, this year’s brew also includes two New York-grown barley varietals from 1886 Malt House in Fulton, NY.

Hopstate IPA is a 7.4% ABV, 40 IBU IPA hopped with Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, and Nugget. Brewed with flaked oats along with Synergy and Munich malts from 1886 Malt House, it is fermented with English ale yeast. Hopstate IPA pours a hazy pale orange with a fluffy white head. Juicy aromas of tropical fruit burst from the glass, followed by bright citrus and sweet malt. Flavors of sweet fruit and citrus mix with a pleasant bready character. Lightly balanced bitterness in every sip pairs with a smooth, pillowy mouthfeel and a medium body. The finish is moderately dry with mild, lingering bitterness.

Hopstate IPA pairs well with pub fare, grilled or smoked meat and fish, and moderately sharp cheese. It is also sensational with summer desserts such as tropical fruit sorbet and seasonal berry tart. Available at the brewery in Cooperstown beginning Thursday, July 26 in 16 oz. cans, Hopstate IPA will be distributed in NY, CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, PA, NC, SC, RI, VA, VT, WV, Washington, DC and the U.S.V.I. The suggested retail price for a four-pack is $12.99.

Retailers receiving Hopstate IPA:
Select Wegmans in western New York
We’ll add additional retailers as the beer starts selling. You can also use our beer finder to search for retailers near you: http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/

 

Royal Reserve Collection: Mother of Dragons

*clink* We’re pleased to announce the release of Mother of Dragons, the third of four special beers that comprise the Game of Thrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection. Inspired by Daenerys Targaryen, this blend of a smoked porter and a Belgian kriek represents the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents during her ascent to conquer and rule the seven kingdoms.  The beer will be available nationwide on September 28. Read more about Mother of Dragons below.

Brewery Ommegang and HBO® announce Mother of Dragons, third beer in Game of Thrones®-inspired Royal Reserve Collection

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang and HBO Licensing & Retail have announced the newest beer in their collaborative series inspired by the award-winning drama Game of Thrones! Mother of Dragons, a beer brewed for Daenerys Targaryen, is the third beer in this year’s Royal Reserve Collection, a series of four limited release beers, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures engaged in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms.

Brewed and blended for a leader who takes what is hers with fire and blood, Mother of Dragons is a blend of a smoked porter and a Belgian kriek, representing the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents. The beer will be available throughout Ommegang’s distribution network on September 28 both on draft and in 750ml bottles and the suggested retail price for a bottle is $12.99.

Mother of Dragons represents in beer one of our favorite characters from Game of Thrones.  Daenerys’s ascent from obscurity has been one of the most inspiring storylines of the show, and we’re thrilled to release a blend that embodies the character traits that have underpinned that rise,” said Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang president.

Mother of Dragons pours a deep ruby-tinted mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries intertwine with subtle smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is rich with tart cherry up front leading to a center palate of semi-sweet chocolate then resolving to subtle smoke and mild sweetness. The mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and full, and the finish is semi-dry with lingering notes of smoke and cherry sweetness. Mother of Dragons is 6.5% ABV and pairs well with smoked gouda and charcuterie, braised meats, and rich desserts like flourless chocolate cake and cherry cheese cake.

The Royal Reserve Collection features four brand new beers in the brewery’s Game of Thrones-inspired series with HBO. All of the beers will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles. The series began in April with Hand of the Queen, a barleywine, and was followed in June by Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, a sour blonde blend. Following the release of Mother of Dragons, the final beer will be announced later this year.

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Queen of the Seven Kingdoms

Hi, friends.

The second beer in our Game of Thrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, launches nationwide on Friday, June 29. If you are in the Cooperstown area, you’ll be able to purchase Queen of the Seven Kingdoms at the brewery store beginning at 11 am on Friday, June 29 and there will be a four bottle/customer limit. 

It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot take any online orders. We sell the beer from the brewery to distributors who then sell to retailers (bars, grocery stores and other locations). There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those them here as they come in.

Ommegang is currently not distributed in Mississippi, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Queen of the Seven Kingdoms will not be for sale in these states. Distributors in the following states have ordered this release: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S.V.I. Outside of the United States, these beers may only be available in Ontario and Alberta, 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 to ask about availability before you drive around to find it. When you do find Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, you can tag a photo of the beer with #GoTxOmmegang on social media to let friends know where you found it.

We can’t wait to hear that you think about our latest Game of Thrones-inspired release. Cheers!

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Blenderie Ommegang

UPDATE: There’s a slight delay on the release of Blend No. 1, Faith & Fortitude. As soon as we have a release date available, we’ll share that information here. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

Hello, friends.

We’re thrilled to share details about a new project called Blenderie Ommegang, which will focus on small-batch blended beers. Please read on for more information about Blenderie Ommegang and the first two blends, Faith & Fortitude and Zen & Zymurgy. 

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Blenderie Ommegang project to focus on small-batch blended beers

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) A revered Belgian tradition – the artful blending of different beers to create unique, transcendent flavors – has a new home in the New World. Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, NY is pleased to announce the launch of Blenderie Ommegang, a project focused entirely on very small-batch blended beers.

Ommegang’s experiments in blending began back in 2002 with the release of Three Philosophers, a beer which thrust its brewers into a fascinating world in which the balance of flavors and harmony of experience depend as much on the blend as on the brewing processes. The brewery has since released a number of blended beers, most recently Double Barrel Dubbel, a combination of barrel-aged dubbels, and Saison Rosé, a blend of two very different saisons. The brewery’s flagship blend is Pale Sour, a mix of stainless steel-aged lactic sours that has quickly become one of its best-selling beers.

“We strive to make exceptional beers for the world’s most discerning drinkers,” said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “With blending, we can create flavors and layers of complexity that are otherwise impossible to achieve. We’re all very excited about this project.”

The first two releases in the series feature Brewery Ommegang beers blended with beers from Liefmans Craft Blenders in Belgium and Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks in Buellton, California, two of Ommegang’s sister breweries in the Duvel Moortgat family. “With access to a range of beers from world-class breweries, we can multiply the possibilities and take full advantage of the amazing talents within the family,” explained Ommegang President Doug Campbell.

Blend No. 1 is Faith & Fortitude, an elegant combination of aged sour ales and farmhouse saisons. The 6.5% ABV beer pours a bright gold with a fluffy white head. Notes of apricot, citrus, and tropical fruits mix with just a hint of barnyard funk. Faith & Fortitude is medium bodied, effervescent, and has a slightly dry finish.

Blend No. 2 will be Zen & Zymurgy, a mixed fermentation sour with a delicate saison base and four distinct yeast cultures. The barrel-aged 5.7% ABV beer is honey-colored, with aromas of sweet fruit, lemon and oak and tart flavors of fruit, malt and Brettanomyces. Zen & Zymurgy is light and effervescent, with a dry finish.

Blenderie Ommegang beers will be available for purchase only at the brewery’s newly expanded and renovated facilities in Cooperstown, NY, on tap and in 750ml bottles. Faith & Fortitude will debut at SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience on Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, in Washington, DC, and will be offered to the public in early summer. Zen & Zymurgy will be introduced at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest on Saturday, June 2 in Paso Robles, CA, and will go on sale in August. More Blenderie Ommegang releases will be announced later this year.