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3.66/5 rDev -21.6%
I drove about 200 miles here from NJ because one of my coworkers whose favorite session beer is Rare Vos told me that visiting Brewery Ommegang was on his semi-bucket list of things he wanted to prior to leaving NJ. I also dragged a friend of mine that lives in Philly because his gf had gone home for thanksgiving break and had nothing else to do. The end result? I ended up driving 3.5 hours both ways while all the two of them did was talk about the online game League of Legends non-stop. It would have been nice if they would have offered to drive for a few hours or minutes, or even maybe chip in for gas. But hey, I guess life isn't perfect.
My friends and I left at the crack of dawn to get to Brewery Ommegang around 10am. The Brewery itself is out in the middle of nowhere outside of Cooperstown on what looks like an abandoned farmstead converted into a brewing facility. The facilities are very well decorated and organized -- you walk up to the sales counter and pay for a tour/tasting which starts every 15 minutes, wait either outside or inside the store where they offer all of their year-round brews and whatever seasonal is available at the time; and then a tour guide leads you on a very informative 20 or so minute tour around the facilities after which you come back into the store front for the tasting.
We didn't get to sample the food here because the wait for the cafe was ungodly, but my friend was able to replenish on all his three major food groups here at the brewery store (beer, cheese, and pickles); whereas i was disappointed that even after the long drive back I couldn't find some of Ommegang's harder to find selections, they did sell everything at much cheaper than retail price (or maybe it's just NJ/PA that overprices everything) and they did have some harder to find offerings when I went such as Chocolate Indulgence and Call of the Wild.
All in all a very enjoyable experience, but it probably helps immensely if you're an Ommegang fan or have never been to a brewery before. Other than that, the brewery experience here isn't exactly magical or life-changing, but excellent, nonetheless.
06-12-2014 02:45:42 | More by amano_h
3.81/5 rDev -18.4%
I am somewhat torn over this review. Maybe the winter weather has taken its toll on the brewery, but the buildings themselves were looking a bit tired (as opposed to the pictures on their website).
The tour took about 10 minutes and seemed perfunctory. I understand that maybe The tour is geared towards the novice...so on to the tasting. Six beers were poured (maybe three ozs per) And the individual giving the tasting was quite knowledgeable. Tasting cost $3.00 apiece and we received a souvenir glass.
My wife and I ate at the cafe and the food was okay, but nothing really stood out. My entree actually came to the table cold. Our waiter apologized, took it back to the kitchen, and returned with the same entree which had obviously been microwaved. I was comped one of my beers for my troubles.
Here's the real kicker of the evening, and consequently the primary reason for my low score. My wife purchased a glass of Liefmans Cuvee Brut on tap. Of course I tried a sip and it seemed overly sweet compared to the bottled version which I was quite familiar with. When I mentioned this to the bartender, he said "yeah, I know what you mean. They use the same line when they switch out the Fruitesse. " His cavalier response really threw me. I expected a greater attention to detail from a brewery of Ommegang's caliber. If I lived nearby I would come often to drink at the bar...but for those making the pilgrimage; well I hope your experience is better.
04-04-2014 23:34:07 | More by jeff57
3.83/5 rDev -18%
Great brewery, great bar, good food/service, good gift shop! Tour was only okay but had a good time taking pictures and drinking some of my favorite beers! Prices were reasonable, and if you go during nice weather you have to sit outside. Nice views of the field where they are growing hops. The frites (French fries) are a must have with a bunch of different dips to choose from!
08-27-2013 21:51:46 | More by Muleshark
3.86/5 rDev -17.3%
Visited 2 times...Grounds and overall atmosphere were great.. very luxourios and hands down the best looking brewery I've personally been to. Everything in the store and tasting room were nice, clean and very ritsy... good selection of there regular lineup plus they have other beers from there other companys... about $1-$3 cheaper on bottles than local stores but you obviously save a ton by buying cases... diddnt try the food but selection and price were on par with similar resturants... nothing crazy... high priced on things like bottle openers, growlers(empty) and the little knick knacks... busy ss hell both times we went... and both times we arrived 45 min before the tasting start and it was sold out and thus we waited for an additional 45 minutes..for a place like that they can have on like 1 or 2 more staff members to assist and make things run smoother... world clsss yes and a must visit
08-26-2013 03:52:49 | More by pjkelley82
3.88/5 rDev -16.9%
I think this place is pretty new. When you go thru the entrance, you are in the brewery store. Not huge, but a good selection of glassware, shirts, signs, etc. You can purchase warm bottles of beer only. I tried to get a cold one to go, but I think due to some law in relation to the cafe, they can't allow it.
The cafe is not that large, but it is nice. The bar has about 15 or so seats. There are a half dozen or so pub tables. Then, 2 long communal tables. You order from the bar and they bring your food and drinks to you. A bit chaotic perhaps, but the waiters did a good job and were on top of everything.
Obviously, the beers are Belgian style. Aside from the Ommegang selection, there were was Duvel on tap and others bottled. The prices ranged from $4.50 and up. Of course all was served in the proper glasses, as you would expect.
Finally, the food was good. A larger menu than I thought. Fritis was several choices of dipping sauces. About 10 types of crepes. they also had sandwiches, cheese, etc. All pretty reasonably priced.
Overall, a good time. Nice people and well worth the stop.
04-18-2011 13:28:34 | More by Nutleybeer
4.05/5 rDev -13.3%
Went here with the wife and a good friend on a Thursday.
A - A mixture of people hanging at the bar working on quality belgian beer and families at the tables. Not exactly a beer pub atmosphere, but the large tables make for conversation with the locals.
S - We had to wait a bit to get seated, but once we did the waitress was friendly, knowledgeable and everything came in the proper glass. Our food came out promptly. Overall was solid.
S - Plenty of great belgian beers. All the year round Ommegang staples, plus Gnomegang and other belgian imports. I had plenty to choose from.
F - Belgian fair, which is great for this place. Frites, crepes, and fondue. Many items made with their beers. I found this added to the experience.
V - For 3 of us, a fondue, 2 orders of frites, a filled crepe, 2 flights of 3 beers, and 3 pints came to $55. I felt that was reasonable. But being from NY I'm used to an average meal beig pricey.
Overall this was a fun experience. I was looking to try this place for a while. Highly recommended, and 6 miles from the Baseball Hall of Fame.
08-19-2011 00:07:09 | More by socon67
Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY
100 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.