Brewery Ommegang

BEER AVG
3.95/5
Brewery OmmegangBrewery Ommegang
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

656 County Hwy 33
BOX 656
Cooperstown, New York, 13326
United States

(800) 544-1809 | map
ommegang.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
49
Ratings:
38,113
Reviews:
12,705
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
264
Reviews:
53
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
7.01%
 
 
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Reviews by Nutleybeer:
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3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nace4
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Gawz
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of HurryItsJacob
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of GulDukat88
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of QuadKing42
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

True Belgian farmhouse brewery feel with a NY flare, Superb Belgian style ales that rival some of the greatest Belgian beers. Food is delicious from the Belgian style foods to the more average pub fare. Friendly faces all around and beer tastings and tours at 5$ you can't beat it! All nestled into the beautiful landscape and hills of Cooperstown. Truely magical place. Also to be noted, there always is a limited time beer in the merchandising room which I as a avid beer drinker really appreciate. GO TO BREWERY OMMEGANG!

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Photo of DonIII
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Taologic
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Miket13
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of hfKenealy
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great stop after the Baseball Hall of Fame. Outstanding Beer, beautiful setting. Had to wait a while to eat, but was quite happy drinking Nirvana IPA so didn't care. Food is pretty good as well. The muscles were outstanding.

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Photo of Burt
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of shoretaxi
3.68/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Café was closed when there .

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of AndrewBV
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
2.43/5  rDev -43.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

For such a well-known brewery with wide distribution, I was surprised at just how remote Ommegang truly was. It is right up there with Hill Farmstead and Jester King, beating out the likes of Tree House, Smuttynose and Hoof Hearted by a wide margin. So obviously the drive can be pretty picturesque, but it is mostly farmland and windy, tree covered roads. There may even be the occasional hunting club shooting at targets precariously close to the same angle as oncoming traffic.

With that kind of unusual starting point, you drive up to that photogenic exterior we've all seen, with the large Belgian-style architecture you must drive under in order to pull in and park next to the even larger outdoor tanks (one of which is a cheesy moo-cow black and white print). Walking in, there is a bottle shop first, then the bar and restaurant after. You may be expecting a thematic restaurant and bar, and quite a large one considering the exterior, but its actually quite modest inside, with a few massive communal tables, then a few smaller ones, accompanied by one long bar. If you show up at 8PM on a Friday, don't expect to get comfortable or catch the full duration of a sports game. These guys are serious about closing time and will begin sweeping and picking up chairs at 8:45PM. It's not just awkward, but a bit rude, not to mention pretty lame for a brewery's bar.

The menu is also not very inspired, with pretty typical bar food that doesn't take much influence from the region their beer tends to look to for pointers and inspiration. While the food was serviceable and decently executed, and helps keep you fat and happy, it's disappointing they couldn't be bothered with offering as authentic an experience as possible to go along with the tease you get driving into the complex.

All in all, if you're coming here you've likely had plenty of Ommegang brews, and what they offer here is obviously fresher than you may get at your local super market. However, considering how dead they were on a Friday at 8PM and the fact that they prefer being closed as opposed to open, those kegs may not get changed out as often as one might expect. Not to mention, for being THE ACTUAL BREWERY, they didn't have very many Ommegang brews on tap and actually had more Duvel and Liefman's. Regardless, their beers are still consistently and reliably some of the best Belgian-style brews done in America. If you happen to be in the area for the Baseball Hall of Fame, it's probably a good place for many large groups to look forward to for a pit stop.

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Photo of XpL0d3r
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Big fan of this place! The place itself is very large. Beer tasting was very fun. They pair their great selection of beers (seasonal and flagship) with snack foods and jellies, mustards, peanut butter, etc.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of wrayb
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Food: menu casual but distinctive with French touches. Staff sometimes not quite keeping up with the needs of customers but friendly and competent. Good enough to make the brewery a destination and of course happy to take home a trunk full of hour brews. Nice selection of Belgium brews in addition to the "home brews".

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Photo of jaxon53
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of livin4jc
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 5/21/16 - I have been on a number of tours at breweries. This place is special. They duplicated a Belgium brewery when they built it. It is small, surprisingly small, but worth the trip. I had JP as a tour guide. Wow! He knew his stuff and made it fun. They don't brew on the weekends. You come in off the main roadway through the arches and then find a parking spot. They had a beer tent setup, cornhole games going, and a very busy cafe and shop. They were very friendly.

The tour is great, the tasting was even better. JP was joined by Dillon who both breezed through the beers at the right speed and gave a ton of information. The entire staff was passionate and you could tell they loved their jobs! One of the best small brewery tours I have been on.

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Photo of epyon396
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Maybe my honeymoon period with craft is over, and I'm becoming overly bitter, but when it comes to expectations vs reality, Ommegang may be the most disappointing brewery that I've ever visited.

The Duvel ownership was shoved down your throat the second you sat down at the bar. Half of the draft menu was Liefmans or Duvel, with two Boulevard beers. Only 4 actual Ommegang brews at the time of my visit, and none that were anything note-worthy. They were out of Three Philosophers, and I can't even begin to comprehend that.

The bartender had no interest in giving us any sort of service because it took him almost 10 minutes to acknowledge us. I ordered a flight, which took another 5 minutes to receive when my girlfriend and I were his only customers. As he set the flight down, my girlfriend started to say "and I'll have a..." as he walked away and completely ignored her. It took yet another 5 minutes for us to flag him down to get her a Rosetta. So 20 minutes to even get our beers when there were only 7 total people at the bar and 3 bartenders all standing around bullshitting, eating food, and drinking beer (can't totally fault them for the last one. I miss being a bartender). Halfway through the night he vanished only for us to notice that he was standing at the end of the bar talking to two women and completely ignoring us.

The food was heart-breaking. All of it sounded phenomenal, but nothing was that great. It was solid ideas and ingredients, but sloppy execution. Vanilla peppercorn gravy (on the chicken and waffles) has been delicious every time that I had it, except for here, where is was like greasy vanilla ice cream. It was all cold, poorly cooked, and disappointing.

I recognize my score is FAR below average, and almost everyone else has had great experiences here. I'll try not to let this one bad bartender sully my image of the brewery, but he was terrible. Just the worst.

Not taking points off for this, but it's a major annoyance: there is no cell signal here. At all. Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint/T-Mobile (I have Google Fi). This wouldn't be a huge deal, but their WiFi can only support about 10 people/devices before you can't receive an IP. Lame.

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Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY
3.95 out of 5 based on 38,113 ratings.
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