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Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery OmmegangBrewery Ommegang
BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
36 Beers
11,697 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 40
Visits: 224
rAvg: 4.42
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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Reviews: 40 | Visits: 224
Photo of baseball636
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here last winter. Overall the vibe is excellent. The brewery sits on an old farm. Tour was standard, but our guides were very knowledgeable. Tasting proved excellent, with many different varieties on tap. Good variety for sale as well. The bar/restaurant is also very clean and new. Food was good for a brew-pub. (317 characters)

Photo of NickyHouHou
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (236 characters)

Photo of Trubsy14
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (444 characters)

Photo of Wilshade
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (229 characters)

Photo of ilthik
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of JimKochFan
1/5  rDev -77.4%

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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of RancidAggro
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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! (181 characters)

Photo of thehopsguy
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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.! (261 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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. (725 characters)

Photo of amano_h
3.66/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (2,135 characters)

Photo of jeff57
3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (1,462 characters)

Photo of RyFikes
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Fantastic place. Friendly, knowledgable staff, great beer, good food, and selection of products for purchase. The fact that they host concerts during the summer is awesome too (175 characters)

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (676 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,419 characters)

Photo of smartassboiler
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of ACarp
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of Muleshark
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
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! (380 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
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 (906 characters)

Photo of Beeranator
4.51/5  rDev +2%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (3,240 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,258 characters)

Photo of renroc
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of Someguyperson
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (322 characters)

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Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY
97 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.