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Ommegang returns to historical roots for Belgium Comes to Cooperstown

This summer, Brewery Ommegang returns to a page in the history books for their annual beer, food, music, and all-things-fun festival on August 3 and 4 in Cooperstown, NY.

Press Release February 26, 2018

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) This summer, Brewery Ommegang returns to a page in the history books for their annual beer, food, music, and all-things-fun festival on August 3 and 4 in Cooperstown, NY, theming their annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event off the original Ommegang of 1549. Recognized as one of the most bucket list-worthy beer festivals in America, 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. Tickets go on sale to the public April 1 at noon via Ommegang’s website.

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 Ommegang’s 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, Friday evening’s beer pairing dinner, and 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. Please note that BCTC is only for guests aged 21+ and that historically tickets for the event sell out quickly. Full event details are available on the brewery’s blog.

About Brewery Ommegang: Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to brew imaginative craft beers across a variety of styles, with particular emphasis and respect for Belgian brewing traditions. Ommegang brews nine ales year-round, as well as an extensive and innovative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 46 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 75-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events including a summer concert series and a legendary beer festival, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and occasional special event days. For more information, contact [email protected], call 1-607-544-1800, or visit www.ommegang.com. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, Facebook.com/Ommegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang

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