Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2018

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!

BCTC by Bryan J. Kolesar at TheBrewLounge.com.

BCTC by Bryan J. Kolesar at TheBrewLounge.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCS 2018: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats + The Head and The Heart on June 5

More exciting concert news this week! Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and The Head and the Heart will co-bill a show at the brewery on Tuesday, June 5. Tickets for this exciting co-bill are $45.00 in advance and go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 26 at 10 am local time via Ticketfly. Families are welcome for this all-ages show, and children ages five and under do not require a ticket. Gates 5PM. Show starts at 7PM.
A limited number of camping passes are available to ticket holders until they sell out. Camping passes are $15 and can only be purchased online at dspshows.com.
Read on for more information about Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart, and for links to their music.
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From the press release:
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart co-bill on Tuesday, June 5th is the latest addition to 8th Annual Brewery Ommegang Summer Concert Series in Cooperstown 
Tickets on sale Friday, January 26th. 

Nathaniel Rateliff  & The Night Sweats will return with Tearing At The Seams this spring, setting their sophomore album for a March 9 release on Stax Records. They’ve shared soothing lead single “You Worry Me” alongside the announcement—video below.

The Denver-based octet recorded Tearing at the Seams in part with producer Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen), with whom they worked on their acclaimed self-titled debut, released in 2015. In his review for Paste, Eric R. Danton called Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “an engrossing album,” writing that “while the singer and his band are drawing on a classic form, their interpretation makes for an exciting and contemporary sound.”

WATCH: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – You Worry Me (Lyric Video)


The Head And The Heart’s 2011 self-titled debut album captured a nascent but undeniable creative partnership between six strangers thrown together by little more than a shared love of music. It became one of Sub Pop Records’ best-selling debut releases ever, and rocketed the band to acclaim well beyond its then-home base in Seattle. The formative experiences that followed both on and off the stage heavily informed the 2013 follow-up “Let’s Be Still.”

When the Head And The Heart regrouped last summer in Stinson Beach, Ca., to start writing together again, “it almost felt like we were a new band, trying things we hadn’t tried,” bassist Chris Zasche recalls.  That renewed sense of purpose can be felt throughout “Signs Of Light,” the group’s first release for Warner Bros. Records. Recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), “Signs Of Light” crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the Head And The Heart’s finest work.

WATCH The Head and the Heart – City of Angels (Official Music Video)

About DSP Shows, our concert promotion partner: 

DSP Shows, based in Ithaca, NY and Northampton, MA, is a one of the leading independent concert promoters in America.  The company was founded as Dan Smalls Presents in 2008 by Dan Smalls and became DSP Shows in 2015 with the addition of partner John Sanders.  The company produces over 600 shows a year in venues throughout Upstate New York and New England including The State Theatre of Ithaca, Brewery Ommegang Summer Concert Series,  The Academy of Music in Northampton, Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY, and  Babeville in Buffalo, NY among many others. They also produce the annual Cayuga Sound Festival in Ithaca.
www.dspshows.com

SCS 2018: Jack White on May 27

UPDATE 1/27: This concert is SOLD OUT!

Friends! It’s here! The first announced show of our 2018 Summer Concert Series with DSP Shows!

We are excited to welcome Jack White to the brewery stage on Sunday, May 27 during the US leg of his tour for his brand new album Boarding House Reach.

Tickets are $59.50 in advance, $65 at the gate, and go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 26 at 10 am local time. Families are welcome for this all-ages show, and children ages five and under do not require a ticket.

A limited number of camping passes are available to ticket holders until they sellout. Camping passes are $15 and can only be purchased online at dspshows.com.

Read on for more information about pre-sale opportunities, Jack White and his new album, and our partner DSP Shows, who we’re excited to be partnering with for an EIGHTH year of summer concerts.

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From the press release:

Jack White’s North American, U.S. & European tour in support of new album Boarding House Reach includes appearance at 8th annual Brewery Ommegang Summer Concert Series in Cooperstown, Sunday, May 27th. 
Tickets on sale Friday, January 26th. More Ommegang shows to be announced soon.

Hot on the heels of announcing his new album BOARDING HOUSE REACH (out March 23 via Third Man/Columbia) and releasing the first single, “Connected by Love,” Jack White has unveiled an extensive run of North American headline tour dates, along with shows in London, Paris, and Amsterdam. These dates, spanning from April to August, include stops at several festivals — Governors Ball, Shaky Knees, and Boston Calling, as well as at Brewery Ommegang as part of the famed brewery’s 8th annual Summer Concert Series on its 136-acre farmstead brewery in Cooperstown, New York on Sunday, May 27th. Gates open at 5 PM. Show is at 7 PM. Support to be announced.

On sale and Pre-sale Schedule

Ticketmaster Verified Fan Registration Begins: Tuesday, January 16 (10 AM ET)
Third Man VAULT (Fan Club) Presale: Monday, January 22 (10 AM Local) – Thursday, January 25 (10 PM Local)
Sign up HERE for Third Man Vault Package #35 featuring the ONLY limited edition version of the album and to gain ticket pre-sale access FIRST
Ticketmaster Verified Fan Presale: Wednesday, January 24 (10 AM Local) – Thursday, January 25 (10 PM Local)
SPOTIFY Presale: Wednesday, January 24 (10 AM Local) – Thursday, January 25 (10 PM Local)
DSP Shows & Ommegang Local Presale: Thursday, January 25 (10 AM Local – 10 PM Local)
Public On Sale: Friday, January 26 (10 AM Local)

Additionally, every online ticket purchased in North America for the new headline shows will include a physical copy of BOARDING HOUSE REACH on CD. Fans will also have the option to upgrade their CD to the standard black vinyl LP. 

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BOARDING HOUSE REACH sees Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with no outside distractions, White replicated the identical environment and used the same gear as when he was a 15 year old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic of instrumentation) to pen sketches of the album’s songs. The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain — crunching rock ‘n’ roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and even country — all remapped and born anew to fit White’s matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation. BOARDING HOUSE REACH is a testament to the breadth of Jack White’s creative power and his bold artistic ambition.

BOARDING HOUSE REACH is heralded by the rapidly acclaimed new single, “Connected By Love” b/w “Respect Commander,” which is available now digitally worldwide and as a physical 7-inch vinyl single pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit.

“Connected By Love” is accompanied by a brand-new music video from director Pasqual Gutierrez — watch it here. The single was greeted with rapturous global applause upon its arrival, with Billboard declaring the song “a classic White confessional blues burner,” and Entertainment Weekly calling it “a searing, organ-lined plea to a former flame.” NPR’s Bob Boilen wrote, “it’s a blend of old guitar blues that is simultaneously on the edge of rock’s horizon.” “The four-year wait is over,” says Rolling Stone –– Jack is back with the “blistering first single” from BOARDING HOUSE REACH.
 
BOARDING HOUSE REACH TRACK LIST

  1. Connected By Love
    2. Why Walk A Dog?
    3. Corporation
    4. Abulia and Akrasia
    5. Hypermisophoniac
    6. Ice Station Zebra
    7. Over and Over and Over
    8. Everything You’ve Ever Learned
    9. Respect Commander
    10. Ezmerelda Steals The Show
    11. Get In The Mind Shaft
    12. What’s Done Is Done
    13. Humoresque

JackWhiteIII.com 

ThirdManRecords.com

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About DSP Shows

DSP Shows, based in Ithaca, NY and Northampton, MA, is a one of the leading independent concert promoters in America.  The company was founded as Dan Smalls Presents in 2008 by Dan Smalls and became DSP Shows in 2015 with the addition of partner John Sanders.  The company produces over 600 shows a year in venues throughout Upstate New York and New England including The State Theatre of Ithaca, Brewery Ommegang Summer Concert Series, The Academy of Music in Northampton, Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY and Babeville in Buffalo, NY among many others.
www.dspshows.com

 

Visitors’ Center Expansion

UPDATE 4/7/2018:

Dear friends,

As you know, our visitors center is undergoing an extensive renovation this winter and spring. Work inside and outside of the building is moving right along and we’re starting to see the final shape of the visitors’ center emerging. As we move on to the next phase of the renovation, it’s necessary for us to close the store and tasting room in order to complete the work. Beginning Monday, April 9, the brewery will be closed to the public until future notice while we continue the renovation. There will be no tours or tastings and the brewery store will be closed as well. Inside the brewery, we’re busy brewing new beers, including some extra special ones you’ll only be able to buy in the visitors’ center when it reopens. More on that later.

We apologize for inconvenience of closing the visitors’ center and will miss seeing you at the brewery this spring. Rest assured that when we reopen, it’ll be worth the wait! Please follow us on social media where we’ll share updates and sneak peeks of the renovation as it progresses.

-The Brewery Ommegang Team

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Big news, friends! We recently broke ground on an extensive expansion of our onsite visitors’ center! We’re upgrading all facets of the facility to enable us to better accommodate the surging crowds of beer tourists that flock to the area. The renovations began just before the holidays and will be completed by the start of the 2018 summer season. With nearly 80,000 visitors annually, 40% of whom visit between June and August, we are thrilled to enhance the capacity to deliver a superlative experience to every visitor.

Aiding in the renovation and marketing of the brewery once the renovation is complete is a $525 thousand grant that we received in December from the state’s economic development council. The grant designates $375 thousand for capital expansion and $150 thousand for marketing. The money for the expansion will allow us to expand café and retail facilities, enabling us to better serve the tourism traffic throughout the year.

A message from our president, Doug Campbell: “With this renovation, we will build an onsite experience that is world-class, matching the quality of the experience with the quality of the beer we brew here every day. As a significant tourist draw for the area, we always aim to provide a unique, memorable experience that leaves our visitors with a love of beer and of the Cooperstown area. The grant from New York State and the additional capacity it will enable us to add will aid in that aim significantly.”

Highlights of the $2 million renovation include a new entry way with access to the store, tasting room, and café; additional seating in the café with tables along a windowed wall that looks out onto the patio and brewery ground; additional outdoor seating under an all-weather pavilion; and an expansion of retail store including the addition of a beer cellar to accommodate new small batch limited releases.

We will post updates on the renovations via social media to give sneak peeks on the progress.

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Meet Candi Stout

We are excited to introduce a new evolution in the our brewery’s mission to blend the artistry of Belgian brewing traditions with a typically non-Belgian beer style. Candi Stout fuses rich roasted malts with Belgian candi sugar, bittersweet cocoa nibs, and a special strain of Belgian ale yeast. The result is a delightfully drinkable blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and a traditional stout.

From Brewmaster Phil Leinhart: “Candi Stout is unique in that the dark candi sugar lessens the body a bit and reduces the need for higher amounts of roasted grains so the beer drinks slightly lighter and less roasted than a typical stout.  This is a great beer for the cold months ahead, and we’re as excited to share this new beer with fans as we are to drink it this winter.”

Candi Stout is brewed with two-row, flaked barley, Pale Chocolate, Special B, aromatic, Midnight Wheat, and roasted barley malts. Candi syrup and cocoa nibs are added to create a smoothness and lightness of body not typically associated with stouts. Hopped with Styrian Golding and Saaz hops, and fermented with a Belgian abbey ale yeast, the beer’s ABV is 6.7%.

The beer pours a deep, dark black with a thick tan head. Dark chocolate and cocoa lead a complex aroma with subtle hints of dark fruit and spicy yeast. The flavor opens with mild sweetness, giving way to rich chocolate, and mild roast. The use of Belgian yeast and the extra dose of fermentables from candi syrup contribute a smooth body and finish, resulting in impressive drinkability, despite the beer’s complexity. Candi Stout is a perfect match for any variety of chocolate desserts, or on the savory side, with roasted or grilled meats, roasted root vegetables, and aged cheeses.

There will be a one-time release of Candi Stout in 750ml bottles on Saturday, December 23 at the brewery in Cooperstown and in the month of January in Wegmans, Total Wine, and Costco stores in the eastern part of the United States. Candi Stout on draft will be available in The Pub by Wegmans locations in February and nationwide in March, for a limited time.

We can’t wait to hear what you think about Candi Stout. Cheers!

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