Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery OmmegangBrewery Ommegang
BEER AVG
3.93/5
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34 Beers
33,548 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 214
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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: 214 | Reviews: 42
Photo of JimKochFan
1/5  rDev -78.1%

As much as I like the beer from this brewer I need to be critical of their customer service. My wife and I had a trip planned up to the Baseball HOF one weekend in the summer. We carefully laid our itinerary to make sure our trip went smoothly. We wanted to visit this brewery and even went as far to call them to make sure we could bring our underage son on the tour. We told them which weekend we were coming up and even checked the website to make sure we had their hours straight. Well when we got there there was a huge festival that shut down the whole facility. If you didn't pre-buy tickets you couldn't attend. They wouldn't even let us visit the shop to buy a bottle of beer. The employee working the gate simply shrugged their shoulders and told us to come back another weekend. After driving 6 hours to get there this isn't a real option. Now this is where we get really upset. We sent a certified letter to them expressing our dissatisfaction about what happened to us. Even if the website mentioned the festival it would have helped. Well our letter went unanswered. So unfortunately I can't promote this place.

Photo of amano_h
3.66/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of jeff57
3.81/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

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.

Photo of Muleshark
3.83/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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!

Photo of pjkelley82
3.86/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.88/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of ilthik
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great place if you like Belgian style ales or are willing to give them a try. The tour is nothing special, but the tasting gives you a great introduction to Ommegang's beers and lets you keep the tasting glass. Their growler is the nicest I've seen. I did not try their food as nearby Cooperstown has a number of nice local places, but the brewery diner is clean and cozy.

Photo of Cmack15
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Wow the food was so good at the cafe and to pair it with Ommegang beer is awesome. The menu is very Belgian inspired with Mussels and Frites, Cheese Plate, and other beer cooked food items. Really clean and sharp looking inside, big bar, high def tv, and long tables. I would make this place a destination for the combination of good food and good beer. I think they have 6 or so beers on tap and a guest beer or 2 in the mix. I wish I lived closer to Ommegang because I could see this place becoming my fave local bar.
Cheers

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

a mecca destination of sorts on the east coast brewery circuit, and a place I cant believe I waited this long to visit. we stopped in sunday for lunch before the further show in cooperstown, and the place was packed with a cool mix of folks from baseball fans to deadheads to bikers, all were in good spirits. we scored two seats at the crowded bar and took awhile to get served, but were happy with the service once we did get noticed. they has all the usual ommegang suspects on tap, plus some of the duvel and liefmans stuff, which were nice treats for us. I loved the ommegang summer beer, and the food was hand crafted and exceptional. home made sausage, Belgian frites with all sorts of beer mustards, ketchups, and sauces, and lam sliders, all were wonderful. prices on the upper end of reasonable, but obviously the demand is there. I was amazed how small the place is, not that its small outright, but I just expected a bigger facility with how far their beers have gotten. ommegang is a world class brewery and a must visit destination. there is a concert venue out back too, I would love to return to see some bands there. our experience here was fantastic, as close to Belgium as you can really come in the united states as far as I am concerned.

Photo of coopbrewer
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Cafe Ommegang is located in the vister center beyond the beautiful arched entry of the brewery. The gift shop carrys all the Ommegang stable of beers and an occasional special selection. I say the selection is good simply because the all the Ommegang beers are at the very least decent plus they have Duvel, Maredsous, Liefman's, and Chouffe. The Cafe has many of the beers on tap. There are several large tables for seating plus some smaller raised tables running around the perimeter of the room. The bar is large with seating for 15 or so patrons. The food is generally outstanding. There are a variety of crepes, soups, cheese/cracker/meat trays, fondue, frites, and waffles. The only down side being the concrete floor that negatively affects the acoustics of the room. Still it is well worth the trip for great beer and a quality lunch/early dinner if you are visting the Cooperstown area.

Photo of Corey17
4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Brewery Ommegang rocks! Highly recommend the Bed and Brew package at Inn at Cooperstown. My wife and I are here now and having a great time.

The brewery is in a great location well off the beaten path. As usual, the beers are great, and the setting is one to appreciate.

Photo of thehopsguy
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

beautiful area in upstate ny
great layout and brewery
the tour was kind of weak
restaurant was pricey but was very delicious and everything on the menu pares with there beers on tap
i would totally go back as i also found out they are a venue for live music.!

Photo of RyFikes
4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I think the first thing that anyone needs to know going in is that Brewery Ommegang is committed to their Belgian constitution. You will NOT find hoppy beers and cheeseburgers here. I drove out for the day to get an early release of Fire and Blood red ale. Although my initial opinion of the beer was not a great one, it was nonetheless unique. My only complaint was the tour. Our guide flew through it. It was not entertaining and it was hard to feel involved; but it was free so what can I really complain about. During the tasting they offered an assortment of dips and spreads that were all made with their beer, which were fantastic. We had lunch in their cafe. Perfect bar atmosphere, lots of space, and the food was superb. The food and beer are a little expensive, but if you've ever bought an Ommegang brew you know what you're getting yourself into.

Photo of smartassboiler
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I visited a friend in NY during the summer of 2013, and we made the drive up here to visit.

The Atmosphere is beautiful. Unlike most breweries that reside in industrial parks, this brewery is set in the middle of beautiful countryside all by itself. The brewery and it's surrounding area is awesome.

The Quality was great. They serve fantastic beers here.

The Service was perfect. The waitstaff was really friendly, knowledgeable about their beer, and they frequented our table just in time to re-fill our glasses. Top-notch.

The Selection was very good. They offered 1-2 Duvel beers, numerous Ommegang beers, and also a couple from Liefmans. They offered a couple summer-oriented beers that were delicious. I was also able to purchase some beer to go along with a shirt as they had a nice selection of both beer and swag to take with.

They served food that looked great, but we had eaten shortly before stopping. Next time I'd like to eat here.

I greatly enjoyed my visit here, and if I'm ever in the area again, I'll make sure to stop by.

Photo of Andragos
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

First trip to a brewery, so my opinion may be skewed.

$3 Beer tasting was pretty awesome. Got to try the 6 different beers paired with snacks produced locally. Free tour was pretty neat as well.

After that, my buddy and I had a meat and cheese platter with a few beers. It was reasonably priced with some unique pairings. The waitress was also pretty good at coming over when our beers were low.

Overall, I'd say it was a pretty good experience.

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!

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 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 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 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!

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Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY
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