3fourths (1561) Boulder, Colorado | July 24, 2007| Updated November 20, 2012
Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. Amazing. Food, beer, tours, setting, itís awesome. The gift shop is amazing, with hop cheese, cheese spread, mustard, shirts, bottles, all sorts of great stuff. Probably the most idyllic setting for a brewery in the US.
Visited in August when it was like 150 degrees. Loved the free tour as well as the tasting. I realized Iíd been consuming most of their stock at way to cold a temperature. Iíd love to go back when they build the new restaurant.
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... letís 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.
I was just here for BCTC, so my review may be a little slanted - a really beautiful brewery set back in some of the most gorgeous countryside in upstate NY - of course, that makes it really far out of the way of..well...anything, making it not really worth the trip if thatís all youíre planning on doing - however, they do make great beer - they are great hosts - and the beers are waaaaay cheap in the gift shop - donít go there expecting to find rare beers that they donít send out to stores, though, because all youíre going to get are their standards - if youíre there for BCTC, though, well, thatís a different story...
Another one of those ďwhoops, how did I never rate this place?Ē place ratings. I honestly canít say that Iíve ever been here at a time that wasnít Belgium Comes to Cooperstown weekend, but that will likely changed next time weíre on a trajectory that puts them within a half hour detour range. In the last couple of years the retail areas and bar areas have been added and upgraded and they are just gorgeous. All of the staff that Iíve come into contact with through volunteering at BCTC and being a customer up there are great. Certainly worth a visit, and especially worth going to BCTC.
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!
This place looks really cool. Stopped here for the tour and that was somewhat mediocre. There were a bunch of Hall of Fame tourists who had no clue what the hell Belgian Beer was. The guy giving the tour wasnít particularly knowledgeable, so that was dissapointing. They did have a nice little tasting session and they had some pretzels along with their own cheese spreads that were yummy. I think they also had some maple syrup. The best reason to visit this place is that you can find their cave-aged Hennepin there.
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 íclassesí of their beer, rather than names. Food was very good, and great ambiance. Worth a stop, and itís 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 canít buy in PA.