Brewery Ommegang

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Place Score: 100
Ratings: 212
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.56
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656 County Hwy 33
BOX 656
Cooperstown, New York, 13326
United States
phone: (800) 544-1809

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @breweryommegang

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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 41
Photo of RancidAggro
5/5  rDev +9.6%

I brought my family and everyone loved it. The tour was quick but the guide was great and added to the whole experience. The only bad thing was deciding which beers to take home!

Photo of ClavisAurea
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Nestled in beautiful Cooperstown, NY is Ommegang. My family did a brewery tour here a few years ago and were blown away by the attention to detail and the brewing process in general. It was out first brewery tour and a damn good way to start. The tasting room is where the magic was poured. We sampled 4-5 of their mainstays and bought a few 750 ml bottles to go. I'd recommend that anyone within 5 hours drive (NYC, Boston, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, etc.) of this brewery go and visit. Skip the baseball hall of fame and go right for this world class brewery. I can't wait to go back. You'll have more fun in a larger group of 5-8 people. Share the beers they generously pour and everyone will have a great time.

Photo of Trubsy14
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This brewery is a great place to visit. It is in a beautiful part of New York and is on a old hop farm. I have been lucky enough to see some great live music there as well. One of my favorite visits was when my wife's mother was in town from Omaha. We had the pleasure of introducing her to some great Belgium style beers and to top it off saw two amazing performances from Arlo Guthrie and the late Levon Helm. This is a true gem of a brewery!

Photo of renroc
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wonderful tour -- our guide was friendly, and the tour was exactly as long as it should be. Surprising how small their actual facilities are, but quality over quantity!

Food at their café was excellent, and reasonably priced; paid about $8.50 for an amazing sandwich that went perfectly with their Abbey Ale. To get a flight of three different brews (each 5oz) costs $7.50.

The tasting was lovely, too -- costs $3, and you get a nice souvenir glass from it. You get to try 6 different Ommegang brews, and the staff gives you histories and all sorts of other interesting info. My only complaint about the whole experience was that the tasting was a little bit crowded, which made it hard to get to the palate-cleansers and get fills. The later tastings that I saw were much less crowded, though.

Would recommend going to Brewery Ommegang to absolutely anyone, regardless of their enthusiasm level about beer or brewing.

Photo of Wilshade
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The best brewery I've visited. The grounds are beautiful and hosts many events each summer. Brew house tours are popular and very informative. The folks there treat everybody very well. And, the food in the cafe is exceptional.

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This establishment is top notch. Founded in 1997, the premise looks like a House of Champagne! Maybe it should be renamed to "House of Ommegang" :P The decor is splendid, the atmosphere is superb. Put it this way: it feels like you are in Europe, in Belgium in fact! The beautiful area of Cooperstown is fantastic. After visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame, I headed here as I love Belgian-style brews, and Ommegang makes them as good as ANY Belgian Brewery. Here, I was able see Ommegang's brewing technique and taste many beers that I would have not found in my local bottle-shop. The cuisine is also amazing. You can't go wrong here!

Here lies the best brewery in America!

Photo of ACarp
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beautiful brewery, delicious cafe and even met and hung out with the brewers. Had 2 meals here, Harvest Moules (mussels) steamed with scythe and sickle was so good that I tried to recreate it at home with much less success. The Take the Black release special meal was the highlight of my vacation. Ommegang is a special place indeed.

Photo of frankiepop
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Best damn brewery in the U.S. in my book. A very special quad, 3 Philosophers, my favorite dubbel, and in walked Hennipen, what a beer. I also love the Winter Adoration Ale among others. What a bright beer that is. Art of Darkness another nice choice.

Don't forget to check out some of my favorite glassware too.

Photo of Someguyperson
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The trip to Brewery Ommegang may be a little out of the way, but it is definitely worth the trip. Fantastic beer, food, and atmosphere make this a fantastic destination. I took a trip to Cooperstown just to visit this brewery and my only complaint is that it's so far out of the way for me.

I will definately visit again.

Photo of Edwaka01
4.88/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Ommegang is a gem. From rolling up the driveway to the store, tasting room, and cafe, even the bathrooms, Brewery Ommegang is as aesthetically pleasing as can be. Staff are friendly, there's music playing, and obviously, plenty of beer - both for purchase and for consumption on site.

The beer Ommegang makes is world-class, and the fact that they have all of their sister companies (Duvel, Liefmans, Chouffe, Maredsous) only increases your options.

Service is awesome. Both in the cafe and store, these people know their beer. Food in the cafe comes out quick despite the cafe being jam-packed.

Selection is not vast, its only Ommegang and Duvel family brands, but those brands are all awesome, and the reasoning here is understandable.

Food is the best yet. I haven't tried it all, but I assume it's all awesome. The frites are fantastic, as is the strawberry arugula salad, and probably everything else.

The prices aren't too bad, just not dirt cheap.

Skip the hall of fame, head to Ommegang.

Photo of Irish0480
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This brewery was my first so my take may be a bit skewed. I enjoyed this brewery very much. reasonably priced even though it was their 15 anniversary party. Got to try several beers though dont normally make and they were fantastic!! I am a true novice and they treated me well even though i had a lot of questions. Brew masters were knowledgable and friendly.. overall I would say a fine place to try fantastic beers at a reasonable rate and a fun atmosphere to boot!!

Photo of eflynn2
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A visit is Nirvana for beer lovers

Photo of Mtaylor459
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Drove to Cooperstown from Syracuse to visit Brewery Ommegang.
Did the brewery tour, tasting, shopped in gift shop, and ate/drank in the Café.

The café had recently been opened/renovated from what I was told. We sat at the bar which was very nice. The atmosphere of the café was excellent: dim, large heavy wooden tables, chalkboards in the back with Brewery events and seasonal brew details, along with tasteful beer art (wooden Maredsous signs, etc.)

Beer selection was excellent: a variety of usual Ommegang brews, Duvel, Maredsous 6 and 8, and a few Chouffe taps.

The food menu had an excellent selection with a wide variety.

I had the house oysters and a La Chouffe and Ommegang Three Philosphers. My girlfriend had Ommegang Hennepin and we shared some ice cream. The ice cream was some sort of roasted coffee caramel something. I can't remember exactly but it was great!

Service was good, the bartenders were a little hard to get a hold of for another beer at times despite not being very busy. But one was able to stand and talk beer for a few minutes when it slowed down, which was nice. We were given a heads-up that the food would take a little bit longer than usual because they only had one chef working, which we did not mind at all, we were just happy to be there enjoying our beer.

Definitely worth a trip out to visit Brewery Ommegang and the Café. I had a blast and will definitely remember the experience fondly now that I have moved back to Texas and most likely won't be able to visit again.

Photo of psuKinger
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had the opportunity to spend some time at the Ommegang Cafe on three consecutive days while visiting Cooperstown. If you're in the area, I can't recommend it highly enough.

Parking right next to the cafe is very limited, and will fill up quickly. But their is extended parking out in a field in an adjacent lot, just a short 3 minute walk from the cafe, so if you can't find parking at the cafe you aren't out-of-luck.

Don't necessarily go by the Cafe hours as printed on the website. During my visit, the website said hours were 12-5, but at the door they were actually opening at 11. Because of this, I'd recommend calling and inquiring if the hours on the website aren't to your liking.

Atmosphere: The place was always busy. All the time. But nobody seems hurried/rude, like you'll see at other crowded bars. Giant oak tables, seating 6 on all fours sides, cover the floor of the cafe, so if you aren't at the bar you will almost certainly be seated with some strangers, and possibly make some new friends. There's two seperate sections of outdoor seating: one rectangular tent, with traditional pull-out chairs and metal tables from which waitresses will serve you food, and the other a large rounded tent furnished with larger/softer patio furniture. You're responsible to get your own beers from the bar while seated in the rounded tent, which is something I rarely mind.

Quality: Top-notch. Glassware is always clean and pristine. Beers are served at proper temps. My entire family never once noticed a bad poor from a bad line. These are all things you'd expect... and expectations are met.

Service: Exceptional. The waitresses have to work hard to keep up with the crowds, but they do the best they can. They had unique/original opinions on both the food and beer menus, and were very attentive regarding placing "the next round".

Selection: If I were to make any criticism at all, it was that the selection, while very good, didn't have much of anything *rare* or *hard-to-find* from Ommegang or the larger Duvel family. As others have said, Duvel owns Ommegang, and as such, the beer menu is limited 10 drafts and about 30 other bottles, all of which come from the Duvel family of beers (Ommegang, Duvel, Maredsous, De Koninck, Achouffe, and Liefman's, if my memory is correct). Being familiar with most of these breweries/lines, it was a fairly short list of offerings that I hadn't had before. However, I'm a huge fan of Ommegang, have always been a fan of Duvel, Maredsous and Achouffe, and became a fan of Liefman's because of this visit, so an afternoon spent with a list of 30ish beers from them is a good afternoon in my book.

Food: The food was all very good. We ate lunch here three days in a row. We sampled a variety of appetizers, we ordered a couple of different soups, we had a couple sandwiches, ect, and only one of the many things we tried did we feel was subpar.

As far as value, I don't think anyone that knows anything about Ommegang/Duvel was expecting "dollar drafts" or anything like that. The price isn't cheap, but after three consecutive visits I never once felt like my bill didn't properly reflect my level of satisfaction.

A highly-recommended stop while visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Photo of vomfoss
4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Being form the area, The best thing to have happened to the Cooperstown area is this brewery and adding the restaurant, well only took Ommegang to a level that very few breweries ever get too, this place is just done right, great beer, great staff and the menu is what you would find if in fact you where in Brussels drinking away the day. So do yourself a favor, if within driving distance, MAKE THE TRIP!!! Ommegang if you are listening….now it’s time to expand the restaurant because the locals who have supported you for so long cant find a seat….even in December :)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.65/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Any day at a brewery is a good day. But the meandering through rural Cooperstown scenic byways culminates in a magical entrance onto the Brewery Ommegang's property and easing through the building's breeze way. A mental transforming goes from Upstate New York and into an authenic Belgian getaway.

Along with a guided tour through the brewery and a concluding beer tasting of all six of Ommegang's flagship brands, the newly erected gift shop and cafe further reinforce the the classy and quirky fashions and traditions of true Belgian farmhouses. Modern amenities, lighting, and proportions complement the rural European woodworking, color scheme, and rustic nature well.

The cafe is cozy and spacious at the same time, and tucked through the gift shop. Seating 15-20 at the bar and additional table seating for maybe 30-40 more is ample and void of clutter. Clean lines, tile flooring, polished woods, and sleek stainless steel create a comfortable and modern space for a casual afternoon of beer sippin' and dining.

Of couse the beers of Witte, Abbey Ale, BPA,Rare Vos Hennepin, and Three Philosophers were well on display; but so were Aphrodite, Chocolate Indulgence, Leifmans Framboise and Cuvee, and Duvel Draft. With several bottles from Trappist brewers and other Authenic Belgian Ales from Achouffe and Maredsous, the cafe boasts a concentrated but array of flavors to sample and enjoy without risk of boredom.

Belgian waffels, crepes, frites, stews, sandwiches, and deserts are all available on their extensive food menu, but I opted for the gruyere and white cheddar fondu with apples, artisnal breads, and gormet sausages for dipping-certainly enough for a light lunch among two. Although a bit on the pricey side, the quality makes up for it- still running in the $12-$18 price range for most dishes.

Stopping in just after the lunch crowd, left us with a lot of one-on-one attention with the bar staff and a brewer on break. The conversation lead to a lot of education about the beers and philosophy of the brewery and cafe, so the knowledge of the staff left us very impressed.

No visit to the cafe is complete without a venture through the gift shop where among tee shirts, bar wares, and chouffe statues are all available for purchase- so are artisinal spreads and cheeses that incorporate the brewery's beers.

All this makes for a charming and delightful day at the brewery. The cafe certainly takes the art of making beer into more than just a quick stopover, but is now a destination spot for those who don't want to leave the brewery, but are in fear of wearing out the welcome. Set on a gentle hillside and on a calming estate, it's hard to want to leave the brewery.

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I've been to ommegang brewery twice before before the cafe opened, so this was my first time eating there. First off, the food prices are very reasonable. A plate of pei mussels for $10 I thought was a good deal no matter where you go. I felt his way before ordering and after receiving our food, my opinion was only solidified. A heaping pile of mussels that could rival anywhere else. The frites and the dipping sauces were amazing. My wife had the seafood chowder and a friend had chicken and waffles. Both were excellent. They had a full a ray of their beers on tap along with with other beers from Belgium. Those same beers were available in the gift shop. This was a great experience for us and look forward to going back, wished it was closer.

Photo of NickyHouHou
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Have done the tasting tour twice. Both times, was fantastic! A bit disappointed that there wasn't too much variety in their brews for sale at the brewery itself outside of their year-round offerings. Overall, a great tour and operation.

Photo of Cark
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had an awesome time! Live about 1 hour and 20 minutes away and went both saturday and sunday. The tours were filled up on saturday so we went back sunday. The tour is followed up by a tasting ( which you can do without doing the tour as well) I reccomend the tour which is free and the tasting is only 3$, so about a 30 minute tour followed up by a delicious tasting for 3$ and keep the glass afterwards is totally worth it. They put out pretzels as well with dips with some of their beer in them as ingredients, lets just say we picked up a few in the gift shop. The bar is nice I heard the food is really good we just got the meat and cheese board which was good. The staff is very nice and knowledgeable! Overall it was a awesome place and for me a 1 hour and 20 minute ride, i'll be back next weekend!

Photo of Brenden
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is beautiful, both inside and out, but of course it starts outside. The impression is instilled that this brewery is a little bit more grandiose than most around as soon as the looming arch with the brewery's name and bookended on the left by "1549" and the right by "1997," decorated in the Winter with holly and a beautiful wreath. The huge fermenting tanks and the barns are something to marvel at between the walk from the parking lot. The entrance is to the gift shop, or so I think of it, which then leads to the restaurant through a door and a tasting room/bar on the back side near where the building is entered. The restaurant is also beautiful, mostly modern but with some older or antique edges to it and a chalkboard stating the drafts on the left wall. Seating is plentiful in a wide-open space, where tables are ready for small or large groups. The service is good and servers are extremely knowledgeable. They're also friendly, not too chatty but very willing to chat about the beer or food, and quick to the table. Along with the taps, they also serve bottles. The food is also some of the best I've eaten at a brewery, the frites served with a choice of several outstanding aiolis, that sort of thing. The quality of the beers they serve is only top-notch. I really can't say too much good about this place. It's the one place I absolutely have to go to when I visit my family in upstate NY.

Photo of Beeranator
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

I went here for Belgium comes to Cooperstown, and it was by far one of if not the best beer fest i have been to! I thought the prices were a little on the higher end but i was very satisfied with their beer. They had lots of great beers and the staff is very knowledgeable. This has now become must go when ever i am in the area.

Photo of JStewart00
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Been to BCTC the past two years and love the brewery and atmosphere!

Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I traveled to Cooperstown this last week for a tour, and afterwards stopped by the Cafe Ommegang for lunch. The cafe seems to be fairly new, and is decorated beautifully. Very colorful, w/ the reminder that you're in a brewery that's owned by Duvel. The service i had was fantastic. Advice when I wanted it, and very attentive while I was there. The selection of food and beer was really good of course. The menu generally features Belgian style faire, and my meal/dessert was amazing. In addition to Ommegang's brews, there are several from Belgium/Duvel as well. Duvel on draft of course. Prices were also pretty reasonable for what you got. I was extremely happy w/ my visit to the Cafe, and have been raving about it to anyone who will listen ever since.

Photo of Mattst44
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Great atmosphere!

Photo of fmccormi
4.47/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Café Ommegang at the Ommegang Brewery outside of Cooperstown is worth a side trip in and of itself, even aside from the brewery. It's in the visitor's center / tasting room / brewery shop complex behind the brewery, and man is it good.

The atmosphere at Café Ommegang is good: the lighting is comfortable, the tables and chairs are nice, the decorations are interesting and whatnot, and it's a decent-sized space. It felt a little cold and empty when I was there, but I could imagine the place being excellent when traffic picks up a bit. Also, service at the café was excellent. The hostess was friendly and helpful, and the waiter was very helpful, as well. Great service, actually.

As may be expected at a place like the Café Ommegang, the selection was good, but not "excellent," per se. They had a number of fantastic taps and bottles, but of course it was all Ommegang, Duvel, Maredsous, Liefmann's, Brasserie d'Achouffe and De Konnick. Not exactly the place you'd go for a Miller Lite, or a Lagunitas on tap for that matter, either. If you're there, you're expecting good Belgian beer–probably connected to the Duvel family–and that's exactly what you get. On that note, that's exactly what they've got, and lots of it. I think they had 8 taps there, including the standard Ommegang line-up (plus Aphrodite!) plus Duvel "classic" and "Green," and one or two Liefmann's on tap, as well. Everything else they've got in bottles, but they've got plenty of it! The quality of the beer there is unreal. So, so good, and fresh as can be. Definitely the place to go if you're looking for any of the above-mentioned Belgian beers, and since Ommegang and the Duvel family are so wide-ranging in terms of style and taste, they've got plenty for just about everyone.

This is all well and good, but the food absolutely cannot be overlooked! The food is excellent, and they do have a number of vegetarian options (though, sadly, gluten free and vegan options are hard to find). They've got traditional Belgian food (check out the Ommegang website for a pdf of the menu there), plus meat and cheese plates, and desserts. Waffles and crepes, both sweet and savory, top-notch cheeses with a variety of tasting accompaniments on the side (like honeycomb, gherkins pickled radishes to accompany an aged goat cheese I had there), wonderful soups and stew, and inventive desserts like their fried crepe sundae with Three Philosophers ice cream and chocolate sauce. I mean, honestly.

And finally, the value is reasonable, I'd say. You can spend a few dollars, definitely, but what you're getting is fantastic: both the beer and food you're receiving–via excellent service, I might add–will leave you satisfied and wondering when you can get back. I'm still drooling over that cheese plate and the tomato bisque I had with my Houblon Chouffe. So yeah, the value is really quite good, when you consider what you're getting for your money.

In short, Café Ommegang is great. It's a great value for what they've got there, and they really aren't skimping anywhere. I personally can't wait to go back, and enjoyed it at least as much as the brewery tour (which I've done four times now, I believe) and the gift shop (which has grown, and is definitely the cheapest (and freshest) place to get Ommegang and Duvel family products). Go to Café Ommegang, plan on having at least one meal, and enjoy yourself!

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Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY
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