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, 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:

We hope to see you at Snommegang on March 11.

2017 SCS: CAKE

Earlier this week we announced that CAKE will return to the brewery after a five year hiatus. Tickets for An Evening with CAKE are on sale now via DSP Shows!


As they approach their twentieth anniversary, CAKE’s lucid yet ever-inventive music has left them with no obvious peers. The band’s most recent album, Showroom of Compassion, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and was touted as “deadpan brilliance” by the New Yorker. In addition to writing, arranging, producing, and performing their own music, CAKE have taught themselves to engineer their recording projects in their own solar-powered studio. The band is currently in the recording studio working on their ninth album due for release in 2017. CAKE last played at Brewery Ommegang five years ago, in June 2012, during the brewery’s second annual summer concert series.

“We are excited to bring CAKE back to the brewery in May,” says DSP President Dan Smalls. “The band is unparalleled, a great start to Memorial Day Weekend in Cooperstown.”

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 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. 

2017 SCS: Glass Animals and Little Dragon

Earlier this week we announced that Glass Animals and Little Dragon will play their first Ommegang show on July 29, 2017 at 7 pm. Tickets for the concert are on sale now via DSP Shows.


Glass Animals, an English indie rock band, is well-known for their hit song Gooey. They released their sophomore album, How to Be a Human Being, in August 2016. Little Dragon is a Grammy-nominated electronic music band that hails from Sweden. This is the first show either band has played at Ommegang.

“This is an exciting new pairing for our summer concert series and we can’t wait to hear their unique sounds at the brewery in July,” says Tara Ritchko, Events, Hospitality and Visitor Experience Manager at Ommegang. “DSP Shows and the Ommegang team enjoy introducing concert goers to a variety of musical genres at the brewery and this match up continues that tradition.”

“We have had great success with this act in Buffalo and Ithaca, and we look forward to continued success in Cooperstown with an exciting support act to round out the bill,” says DSP Shows President Dan Smalls. “We strive to bring the best artist and fan experiences together at Ommegang, and we feel Glass Animals are a perfect fit.”

Tickets are $40 in advance and $46 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.

About GLASS ANIMALS’ current album
How to Be a Human Being is a multi-layered, nuanced album that uniquely splices together 40 years of sonic history in a way that’s emphatically forward-sounding. In the characters and themes explored, the record creates a world for fans to inhabit. With every listen comes further insight, not just into Glass Animals’ universe but the human condition itself. From the depths of “Agnes” to the danceable humor of “Life Itself,”  this second album is a zeitgeist-leaning, intrepid exploration into what makes us all tick, told from the viewpoint of four guys who have experienced life in its most extreme and unexpected form for the past two years. It doesn’t just connect with your feet – it connects with your brain, your heart, your soul

About LITTLE DRAGON’s current album
Yukimi Nagano, Erik Bodin, Fred Wallin and Håkan Wirenstrand make up Little Dragon, the zeitgeist band that blend strands of R&B, electronic and indie into beautifully and meaningfully crafted songs. Over the course of four critically-lauded albums, Little Dragon have established themselves as a band keen to never rest on their laurels – constantly prodding and playing with the boundaries of their sound. The band’s fifth album is currently in the making and tentatively planned for 2017.


A Look at Bend the Knee

Last week, GQ announced details of our next Game of Thrones-inspired beer, Bend the Knee. This Belgian-style golden ale brewed with honey is due out around Memorial Day. It’ll be available on draft and in a series of three collectible bottles, each featuring one of three Great House sigils. We’re very exciting about this new beer and can’t wait to share it with you in a few months.

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Please note: Ommegang is not currently distributed in Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, or Wyoming so you won’t be able to find this beer in those states. We have very limited distribution in Canada (only in Ontario) and when the Game of Thrones-inspired beers are brought to Ontario, they are typically a few months behind the US release. We’ll share more details about availability, and tips for find the beer, when we get closer to the launch.

Here’s the press release we shared last week:

When fans last gripped their glasses at the end of Game of Thrones’ sixth season, the great houses of Westeros were on the brink of an epic conflict. Cersei had ascended to the Iron Throne as the first queen of Westeros, Jon Snow and Sansa Stark had just reclaimed the North, and Daenerys Targaryen had set sail for the Seven Kingdoms. To commemorate the coming mêlée in the Emmy® Award-winning show’s epic seventh season, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are excited to announce a new beer in their collaborative series: Bend the Knee Golden Ale.

Paying homage to the struggle for control of the Seven Kingdoms, Bend the Knee will be available on draft and in a series of three collectible 750ml bottles, all finished in matte black and adorned with one of the three Great House sigils: Stark, Targaryen, or Lannister. The beer clocks in at 9.0% ABV and bears a suggested retail price of $10.99 per bottle. And while the show’s return date has yet to be announced, fans can mark their calendars for the official nationwide release of the beer, which will be on shelves around Memorial Day.

“With this next Game of Thrones-inspired release, we wanted a beer and a pack that was fit for a king… or a queen,” said Brewery Ommegang President, Doug Campbell. “Drawing from a rich Belgian brewing tradition, Golden Strong Ales are deceptive due to their unique combination of extreme drinkability and relatively high alcohol content. Bend the Knee walks that line, while also incorporating the delicate flavors of honey into the mix. The subtle noble and floral hop contribution adds to its delicateness, and the beer finishes smooth and dry.”

“We love the idea of a golden ale to kick off the summer and to keep fans engaged as they wait for Game of Thrones to return,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing and Retail, HBO. “With the story focusing in on these three major houses—Stark, Lannister and Targaryen—we’re excited to give fans the chance to align themselves with their favorite house as they sip this latest brew.”

Bend the Knee is brewed with pils malt and flaked oats and hopped with Saaz, Bravo, and Styrian Golding hops. It pours a golden hue with a large, frothy head. Both the aroma and flavor mix maltiness and citrus from the hops, while Ommegang’s signature house yeast produces prominent fruitiness. Wildflower honey added during fermentation provides light sweetness to the beer, which finishes dry and with firm hop bitterness.

Fit for any feast table, Bend the Knee’s clean and balanced flavor and effervescent carbonation make it a fine pairing for a variety of foods including seafood and shellfish, roasted or grilled chicken, grilled steaks, and aged Swiss-style cheeses.

Stay warm, friends.

Meet Sirens’ Song

We are proud to announce the release of Sirens’ Song, a dark ale brewed with figs and raisins. This is our latest limited edition offering and it’s named for the enchanting melodies that fabled sirens used to lure in weary sailors. At 9% ABV, Sirens’ Song will draw you in to explore uncharted imbibing territory.

“Belgian-style dark ales are a treat to drink,” says Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe, who developed the recipe. “Sirens’ Song is brewed with dark Belgian candi syrup to impart decadent notes of dark fruit and burnt sugar, and also brewed with raisins and figs in order to complement the rich, fruity character of this dark ale. It’s a wonderful wintertime treat, or a beer to age for years to come.”

The mahogany colored ale has a thick, creamy tan head and distinct lacing. Aromas of roasted malt and dark fruit are pronounced. The flavor begins with sweetness and caramel notes and finishes smooth with lingering hints of caramelized sugar and balanced bitterness.

Brewed with pilsner, midnight wheat, and soft red wheat malts, Sirens’ Song is hopped with noble varieties for balanced hopping. The figs and raisins used in brewing not only add to the complexity of the beer but also represent cargo lost to the sea because of the bewitching sirens’ songs.

Pairing suggestions include grilled meats and BBQ, smoked salmon or trout, and rich cheeses like blue cheese and cheddar. Sirens’ Song is shipping now and will be available for a limited time in 12 oz. four-packs and on draft in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, PR, SC, SD, TN, VA, VI, VT, WA. Please use our beer finder to locate retailers near your zip code. Note: it may take until mid-February for this information to populate in the beer finder.

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