Stopped for lunch on a Friday on the way to a conference. Sat outside on a beautiful summer afternoon. Service was OK but a little slow at times - my only complaint was that rather than just give us a beer list/menu, the server insisted on rattling off ’classes’ of their beer, rather than names. Food was very good, and great ambiance. Worth a stop, and it’s not too far out of the way if traveling up the interstate. Gift shop items were very expensive. Good bottle selection, though not much I can’t buy in PA.
There’s not enough that can be said about how good Ommegang is. Their beers are legendary, but the brewery itself is gorgeous, right in the middle of upstate New York, and their grounds are just lovely no matter what time of year you visit. Their menu is splendid as well and their selection in their gift shop is stellar. Go here!
Dan and I were there on March 16, 2011. They still had construction going on the main entrance and we had to drive around the front building. The new tasting room out back was not marked yet. A construction guy pointed the way. At 1st we were the only people in there with Dan the bartender. No grand opening yet, so just a few of the regular beers were on tap. Dan did go to the back room and grab a bottle of Cup O Kyndnes to give us a sample. Thank you. We bought a few bottles and were on our way.
Driving up to the brewery, which is in the beautiful upstate New York countryside, you might think you have been transported to Belgium. This is the most imposing and impressive brewery I have visited. Driving through the archway into the courtyard harkens to a different time and place. One enters through the gift shop to a large "cafe" with bar seating, large communal tables, and two-person high-tops. Everything is done with class. Clearly there was some big money behind this place. Around eight of their own beers were on draft along with quite a few bottles from their sister breweries in Belgium. The staff, however, did not seem very knowledgable about the beers they were serving and service was slow. The food was outstanding -- perfectly prepared ribeye, the biggest and most tender mussels I have ever seen, and frites prepared to perfection. Worth a journey!
Out of Cooperstown a bit. Large farm-like campus. Beautiful covered in snow but it looks like it could be even more beautiful when the leaves are out. Large tasting room, shop and cafe. Cafe food was tasty, good looking menu, a bit pricy. Core beers and a few seasonals / other Moortgat beers on tap and in bottles. And an un-godly amount of space behind the bar. Lots of swag and bottles in the shop... bottle prices seemed comparable to what you would fiind in any retail store. Tour and tasting for $5, and you keep the tasting glass which basically makes up for the cost. The tour was a little under-whelming... let’s stand in this box and point to stuff. The tour guide glossed over a lot of things. The tasting was great. Only the core beers, but fresh and lots of information about them.
By far the best beer location in the Cooperstown area. Brewery tours are free. There’s a separate gift shop/tasting room/restaurant in the back. Food is gastropub style and kind of limited. I recommend the chicken and waffles and of course the Belgian frites. Prices are NOT cheap.
Beer is obviously all Ommegang brews. A few Duvel or maredsous offerings too. Served surprisingly cold, but beer always tastes great. I recommend Hop House, Rare Vos, Witte, and something big in the winter (especially if you’re not driving). They offer flights, too.
Staff is friendly and they definitely know their own beer and food, however I find the service can be slow. In fact, once my GF ordered something that was never even delivered. WTF.
Definitely worth the trip for any Belgian beer lover.
I really enjoyed the brewery. In the middle of farmland with an authentic Belgian brewery feel, some really tasty food and a good number of their beers on tap. Been to many breweries and this one probably is the coolest and has lots of open field space for kids to run around off of a great outdoor seating area. Beers are great, food is great, interesting to see to brewery. Well worth the visit.
Stopped by on a recent trip, after visiting the baseball HOF. Took the tour and the tasting afterwards. Tour guide was good, got to see the operation, which was smaller than I thought, and he shared insightsalong the tour on the Duvel part of the business, even hinting that Duvel was looking for more "opportunities" in the States. Tasting part was good experience, was with a good group.
It’s Ommegang. The beer is some of the best though limited to the standard beers. Professional staff thought somewhat corporate feel. Service was , but signups for tours should be separate from check-out especially on a busy day.