Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1997
Headquarters Cooperstown, New York United States;
Belgium (occasionally)
Products Beer
Owners Duvel Moortgat Brewery
Website www.Ommegang.com

Brewery Ommegang is a Belgian brewery located near Cooperstown, New York that specializes in Belgian-style ales.

History[edit]

Ommegang began brewing Belgian-style ales in 1997. Founded by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield, owners of Vanberg & DeWulf beer import company, and three family owned Belgian breweries including Duvel Moortgat. Ommegang started up in a purpose-built building based on a traditional Belgian farmhouse, set on a former 136-acre (0.55 km2) hop farm in the Susqehanna River Valley, four miles (6 km) south of Cooperstown, New York in the Town of Milford.

Since its opening, Ommegang has grown rapidly — in early 2005, its owner said they have been unable to meet demand for their ales and as a result would add 40 percent to their production capacity over the next year.

By 2003, the Belgian breweries had all been absorbed into large corporations. Feinberg and Littlefield sold their share of Ommegang in 2003 to Belgian brewer Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, brewers of the world-renowned Duvel Golden Ale. Duvel Moortgat brewed limited amounts of beer for Brewery Ommegang in 2006 to help meet demand, but has not brewed any since then.

Brewery Ommegang currently distributes its beers in 43 states and Washington, D.C., including Alaska and Hawaii but excluding Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia, and Mississippi. Ommegang has also begun exporting to Canada and the US Virgin Islands.

Each summer, the brewery hosts a large beer-tasting event, known as Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. The event, which occurs on a Saturday in July or August, includes four hours of unlimited beer sampling of over 200 Belgian and Belgian-style beers, followed by food, live music, and a bonfire.

On 7 October 2007, Brewery Ommegang hosted the inaugural "CX @ Ommegang," a cyclocross race, organized by Team SCARR, a cycling team with Brewery Ommegang as their title sponsor. Cyclocross is wildly popular in Belgium and a cyclocross race on the grounds of a Belgian-style brewery was a natural fit. Well over 150 racers from all over New York State registered for the event. The course included a hairpin turn inside the main event tent.

Ommegang Abbey Ale

Ales[edit]

Active[edit]

Ommegang brews six ales full-time:

  • Ommegang Abbey Ale (a classic Belgian-style abbey double)
  • Hennepin Farmhouse Saison (a Saison or seasonal Belgian-style rustic golden ale)(The first Saison in America)
  • Rare Vos Amber Ale (a cafe-style amber ale)
  • Ommegang Witte Ale (a Belgian-style wheat ale)
  • Three Philosophers (a Belgian-style quadrupel with authentic Belgian kriek blended in)
  • BPA (Belgian Pale Ale). Dry hopped with Cascade hops.

Ommegang Abbey Ale and Three Philosophers can be aged for flavoring. Ommegang recommends ageing Hennepin up to 3 years, Abbey and Three Philosophers up to 5 years.

Special Releases[edit]

Ommegang brews several one-off beers with a few repeat visits.

2007:

2008:

  • Ommegeddon Funkhouse Ale (a golden ale with Brettanomyces bruxellensis and dry-hopping, brewed in July
  • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout
  • Ommegang Biere de Mars (an amber ale, bottle-conditioned with Brettanomyces bruxellensis)
  • Ommegang Rouge (Flemish red ale, collaboration with Brouwerij Bockor, 5.5%)

2009:

  • Ommegang Adoration Strong Winter Ale: 10% ABV, spiced, dark and malty.
  • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout
  • Ommegang Biere de Mars (an amber ale, bottle-conditioned with Brettanomyces bruxellensis)
  • Ommegang Ale 2009 (Belgian-style stout blended with kriek, 6.2)

2010:

  • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout
  • Ommegang BPA (since elevated to year-round sales)
  • Ommegang Zuur (a Flanders Brown Ale, brewed in collaboration with Liefmans of Belgium)
  • Ommegang Tripel Perfection (a Belgian-style tripel, but with spices)
  • Ommegang Cup O' Kyndnes (a Belgian-Scotch ale, brewed with smoked malt and heather flowers)
  • Ommegang Adoration Strong Winter Ale

2011:

  • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence (Belgian-Style Stout, 7% ABV)
  • Ommegang Gnomegang (Belgian-style Strong Blonde Ale, 9.4% ABV) - Fermented with Chouffe yeast in primary fermentation.
  • Ommegang Aphrodite Tart beer (Belgian-style ale)
  • Ommegang Belgian Independence Day Saison (Belgian-style saison 7.0%)

2012:

  • Ommegang Seduction (Belgian-style stout blended with Kriek, 6.8%)
  • Ommegang Biere d' Hougoumont (Biere de Garde aged on White Oak and Maple wooden staves, 7.3%)
  • Ommegang Belgian Independence Day Tripel (8.3%)
  • Ommegang Scythe & Sickle (Harvest ale, 5.8%. Now a seasonal offering)
  • Ommegang Gnomegang (Belgian-style Strong Blonde Ale, 9.4% ABV) - Fermented with Chouffe yeast in primary fermentation.
  • Ommegang Duvel Rustica (Belgian-style Golden ale collaboration with Duvel Moortgat, 8.5%)
  • Ommegang XV (Belgian-style Trappist ale brewed to celebrate Ommegang's Fifteenth anniversary. 9.6%)

2013:

  • Ommegang Art of Darkness (a Belgian-style dark ale, 8.9% ABV)
  • Ommegang Fleur de Houblon (Summer Ale, 6.8% ABV)
  • Game of Thrones: Iron Throne (6.5%, March 2013)
  • Ommegang Gnomegang (Belgian-style Strong Blonde Ale, 9.4% ABV) - Fermented with Chouffe yeast in primary fermentation.
  • Ommegang Belgian Independence Day Double White (Belgian-style Double White brewed with spices, 6.6%)
  • Ommegang Scythe & Sickle (Harvest Ale, 5.8% ABV)
  • Game of Thrones: Take the Black Stout (7%, October 2013)
  • Ommegang Wild at Heart (an American Wild ale with 100% Brettanomyces used in primary fermentation. Nov 2013.)
  • Ommegang Adoration (Belgian-style Strong Winter Ale, 10% ABV)

Brewer's Obsession Series[edit]

  • Ommegang Art of Darkness (a Belgian-style dark ale, 8.9% ABV)
  • Ommegang Wild at Heart (an American Wild ale with 100% Brettanomyces used in primary fermentation. Nov 2013.

Game of Thrones Series[edit]

In 2013 Ommegang will make available the first in a series of brews based on the HBO TV series Game of Thrones:

  • Iron Throne Blonde Ale (6.5%, March 2013)
  • Take The Black Stout (7%, October 2013)
  • Fire and Blood Red Ale (6.8%, March 2014) [1]

Seasonal[edit]

Ommegang currently brews 3 seasonals:

  • Ommegang Fleur de Houblon (Summer Ale, 6.8% ABV)
  • Ommegang Scythe & Sickle (Harvest Ale, 5.8% ABV)
  • Ommegang Adoration (Belgian-style Strong Winter Ale, 10% ABV)

Awards[edit]

Witte

  • 2008 World Beer Cup: Silver Medal, Belgian-style Witbier
  • 2010 World Beer Cup: Silver Medal, Belgian-style Wibier
  • 2011 Great American Beer Fest: Gold Medal, Belgian-style Witbier
  • 2011 European Beer Star: Silver Medal, Belgian-style Witbier

BPA

  • 2010 European Beer Star: Bronze Medal, Belgian-style Ale

Rare Vos

  • 2008 Great American Beer Fest: Bronze Medal, Belgian Ale
  • 2012 World Beer Cup: Gold Medal, Belgian-style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale
  • 2012 European Beer Star: Bronze Medal, Spiced beer

Hennepin

Abbey

  • 2010 World Beer Cup: Gold Medal, Belgian Dubbel Ale
  • 2012 European Beer Star: Silver Medal, Belgian-style Dubbel

Three Philosophers

Gnomegang

  • 2012 European Beer Star: Gold Medal, Belgian-style Tripel

XV

  • 2012 European Beer Star: Silver Medal, Belgian-style Strong Ale

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Coordinates: 42°37′37″N 74°56′43″W / 42.62694°N 74.94528°W / 42.62694; -74.94528