BCTC 2017: Big Top BCTC

Come One, Come All! 

This summer, the Greatest Show on Earth will be Big Top BCTC on August 4 and 5 here at the brewery in Cooperstown, NY. Recognized annually as one of the most exclusive and must-attend beer festivals in America, our Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event offers 3,000 lucky guests the opportunity to taste hard-to-find Belgian import brews as well as Belgian-style ales from all over North America. Tickets go on sale to the public April 1 at noon via our website

Nearly 100 breweries will be on-hand pouring while festival-goers fully immerse themselves in a theatrical and over-the-top experience. As always, BCTC promises more than just great beer – gourmet food vendors, live music, on-site camping and fireworks make the weekend truly special.

Festivities begin on Friday, August 4 at 6 pm with a five-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders. Festival grounds open at noon on Saturday, August 5 for patrons holding camping tickets. Tasting begins at 2:30 pm for VIP ticket holders and 3 pm for general admission. Tasting ends at 7 pm. Live music runs from 3 pm until midnight. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be served from 8 am until noon. The brewery will be closed to the public Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5, but reopens for regular service on Sunday, August 6 at 11 am.

BCTC is a 21+ event. VIP tickets cost $280 and include the beer pairing dinner, two nights of camping on the brewery grounds, and additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon. General admission tickets for Saturday’s tasting event cost $115 and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $145. Please note that VIP tickets have sold out in under a minute for the last several years and historically, all tickets sell out within a day of the event going on sale.

We hope to see you at Big Top BCTC this summer!

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2017 SCS: Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Ween

Earlier this week we announced two additional shows for our 2017 Summer Concert Series at the brewery in Cooperstown, NY. An Evening with Ween will take place on Friday, June 9 at 7:00 pm, and internationally acclaimed artist Elvis Costello & The Imposters will perform at the brewery on Friday, July 21 at 7:00 pm. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, March 3 at 10:00 am via DSP Shows.

Tickets for An Evening with Ween are $45 in advance and $50 at the gate. Tickets for Elvis Costello & The Imposters are $55 in advance and $60 at the gate.  Families are welcome for both of these all-ages show, and children ages five and under do not require a ticket. Camping passes are available for both shows on a first come, first served basis for the first 1000 people to purchase a ticket. Camping is an additional $15 per person and available only through DSP Shows’ website. If camping does not sell out online ahead of the show, passes will be available at the gate for $20 per person.

WEEN-IGFormed by Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, Jr. in New Hope, PA, Ween has taken on a cult-like status with legions of devoted fans around the world. Beginning with six self-released cassettes in the 1980s followed by 11 studio albums, 6 live albums and a smattering of EPs through the 1990s and 2000s, Ween’s recorded output is far-reaching in its styles moving from rock to punk to psychedelic to country to alternative and all points in between.

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters bring their new show, “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers,” back for a coast-to-coast North American run of 20 dates this June and July. Last fall, Costello debuted the tour to rave reviews. A musicologist of formidable breadth and knowledge, Costello is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. Costello was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

DSP Shows (formerly known as Dan Smalls Presents) is a top talent buyer and concert promoter in New York and New England. DSP Shows has a proven track record of pairing the right acts with the right venues and producing unique and exciting music-based entertainment.

Brewery Ommegang is one of the premiere outdoor concert venues in Upstate NY, hosting a variety of national touring acts and more than 20,000 concert goers each year. A selection of Ommegang’s award-winning ales and non-alcoholic beverages options are available for purchase at every show along with festival-style favorites and locally procured dishes from a variety of local food vendors such as Origins Café, and Ommegang’s Café and food truck. The brewery’s natural amphitheater and gently-sloping grounds are a perfect venue to enjoy a show, rain or shine. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort.

2017 SCS: Old Crow Medicine Show

Another awesome addition to our 2017 Summer Concert Series was announced this week: Americana band Old Crow Medicine Show returns to the Ommegang stage for a FOURTH year on Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, February 24 at 10:00 am via DSP Shows

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Nashville-based Old Crow Medicine Show has spent years touring the world- playing renowned festivals and venues alongside some of the biggest names in Americana music- which makes it all the more special that they’ve also played shows at Brewery Ommegang in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In a change from past performances, this 2017 concert will feature Bob Dylan’s seminal album, Blonde on Blonde, performed in its entirety.

“Old Crow Medicine Show is definitely a favorite at Ommegang and we are delighted to have the band back in Cooperstown this Memorial Day Weekend,” says DSP President Dan Smalls. “Seeing the band perform Blonde on Blonde is something we are all looking forward to.”

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate. Families are welcome for this all-ages show, and children ages five and under do not require a ticket. Camping passes are available on a first come, first served basis for the first 1000 people to purchase a ticket. Camping is an additional $15 per person and available only through DSP Shows’ website. If camping does not sell out online ahead of the show, passes will be available at the gate for $20 per person.

DSP Shows (formerly known as Dan Smalls Presents) is a top talent buyer and concert promoter in New York and New England. DSP Shows has a proven track record of pairing the right acts with the right venues and producing unique and exciting music-based entertainment.

Brewery Ommegang is one of the premiere outdoor concert venues in Upstate NY, hosting a variety of national touring acts and more than 20,000 concert goers each year. A selection of Ommegang’s award-winning ales and non-alcoholic beverages options are available for purchase at every show along with festival-style favorites and locally procured dishes from a variety of local food vendors such as Origins Café, and Ommegang’s Café and food truck. The brewery’s natural amphitheater and gently-sloping grounds are a perfect venue to enjoy a show, rain or shine. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort.

Meet Short Sleeve Saison

We are ready to welcome warmer weather with a brand new seasonal offering, Short Sleeve Saison. This refreshing 4.5% ABV, 35 IBU saison is the perfect accompaniment for celebrating the arrival of spring, and the fresh air adventures that come with it.

Short Sleeve Saison is one of our most easy drinking offerings to date,” says Justin Forsythe, our innovation manager. “The delicate yet complex balance between lightness, spice, and fruitiness is sure to please the palate and leave you desiring another sip. As the weather begins to warm again, we hope this beer is a go-to for refreshment, and something light enough to keep you anticipating the warmer months ahead.”

Short Sleeve Saison pours a pale straw-colored with a pure white head. The aroma is floral, with a touch of fruit, and has grassy undertones. The flavor opens with a bit of lemon tartness followed by mild wheat character, and the mouthfeel is delicate and quickly resolves in a crisp, clean finish.

Brewed with pilsner, wheat, acidulated malts, and flaked oats. Short Sleeve Saison is hopped with Southern Hemisphere Topaz and Motueka hop varieties, and spiced with grains of paradise, lemon peel, and coriander.

Pairing suggestions for this pleasantly crisp saison include delicate fresh flavors like poached salmon over a microgreen salad with strawberry vinaigrette, mild cheeses like queso blanco and fresh mozzarella, and light desserts like berry sorbet. Short Sleeve Saison will be available in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft at the brewery beginning Saturday, March 4, and in select Ommegang retailers in the following states beginning in late February and early March: AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, plus Washington D.C., and P.R.

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Snommegang 2017

Snommegang logoIn December we announced that we were partnering once again with America on Tap to bring back our Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival for another year of beery, wintery fun. This year’s event is Saturday, March 11 from 2-6 pm on Main Street in Oneonta, NY.

Tickets to the tasting portion of Snommegang are $50 each and are available now on the event website, Snommegang.com. Day-of tickets will be $55. Snommegang sold out last year so we advise getting tickets in advance.

More than 30 breweries and their representatives from across the United States will each pour at least two of their best offerings at the event. The beer tasting is accompanied by live music, food and activities – all within heated tents along Muller Plaza and surrounding businesses on Main Street. Music and activities in Muller Plaza are free and open to the public.

America On Tap Beer Festivals is the first and only national live event series dedicated to showcasing specialty and craft breweries from around the globe, while also delivering authentic, craft beer-focused experiences filled with live music, great vendors, and delicious local food.

Snommegang has become one of the region’s most anticipated winter events,” says Ommegang president Doug Campbell. “We in Upstate NY take tremendous pride and delight in our long, snowy winters, and we can think of no better way to celebrate the season than to host and event that pours the best beer in the world right here in Oneonta.”

“We are excited to partner with Brewery Ommegang and look forward to another very successful Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival,” said A.J. Bodden, executive producer, America on Tap. “Our goal is to deliver a more robust festival experience by providing the best of the local and national craft beer scene for an unforgettable and authentic beer experience.”

We’re also looking for volunteers to help with Snommegang. Volunteers will receive an America on Tap crew neck t-shirt and a souvenir America on Tap sample glass to take home at the end of the event. Sign up here: https://americaontap.com/volunteer/

We hope to see you at Snommegang on March 11.