Earlier this month, we took a short road trip to visit and tour the Brewery Ommegang, nestled in the rolling hills just outside Cooperstown, NY. It has been a place my husband has wanted to visit for the last 10 years and why we waited so long to finally take a drive out is beyond me. I was trying to plan a nice birthday surprise with a complete beer tasting, tour, dinner and B&B stay, but the package was sold out, leaving me feeling a bit disappointed.
Not to be discouraged, I planned a trip anyway complete with tasting, tour and lunch- something the brewery offers daily. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day; it was stellar. We hit the road late morning and within an hour were pulling up to the grand entrance.
Brewery Ommegang offers tours and tastings on the hour and we arrived just in time for the second tasting of the day. For $3.00 a person, we received a tasting glass and for the next half hour were given a few sips of each beer brewed and bottled. We started with the lightest beer called Hop House, which as the name states is very “hoppy”; and worked our way up to and finished with the Three Philosophers, with a deep caramel and cherry flavor.
We then moved on to the brewery & bottling tour, complete with safety glasses and all! The grounds are beautiful and it is pretty impressive that ALL of Ommegang beer is brewed and bottled right in this small place. Amazing.
When the bottling is in full swing, the shift generally only lasts from 8am- 2pm and they call it a day- putting Laverne and Shirley to shame.
Next up was lunch and as one that enjoys food as much as craft brewed beer, I was really looking forward to some good eats. Unfortunately, the food was just okay. I ordered buckwheat crepes filled with goat cheese and spinach, my husband ordered mussels cooked in Hennepin brew with bits of sausage, potatoes and apple, and the kiddos had mac and cheese and fried chicken sandwich. The only dish that really stood out was the mussels, which were delicious; the rest of the dishes were kind of bland. Would I opt to eat here again? Probably not. Would I come back to try more beer? Absolutely!
Beer is what they do best here and for that it was worth every sip.
Thanks Brewery Ommegang for a wonderful birthday celebration!
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