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Brewery Ommegang

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3.95/5
Brewery OmmegangBrewery Ommegang
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(800) 544-1809 | map
www.ommegang.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
46
Reviews:
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Ratings:
35,711
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
248
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 248
Reviews by jeff57:
Photo of jeff57
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.43/5  rDev -43.4%
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/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 and 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 +3.3%
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 -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of wrayb
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
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 -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of livin4jc
4.59/5  rDev +7%
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 -17.5%
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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Photo of Mohawkhitchhiker
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Nice and open its a great view too. Beers are always good. Good vibes all around. Id like to go again definitely real soon.

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Photo of joeMcGill
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

if you love stout, this is a great alternative, one quite beautiful tasting saison.


thank you

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Photo of LeeeMare
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of rjd722
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I visited Ommegang when I was in Rochester for a friend's wedding, we made the trek over to Cooperstown and did the brewery/baseball HOF two-fer. When you're driving up to the main building, you feel like you're in the Belgian countryside approaching the unique main farmhouse. It was a hot summer day and we got shaded seats on the back patio area which overlooks a beautiful green field and the rest of the Ommegang estate.

I stopped briefly inside to make a trip to the gift shop, so I didn't really get to experience the main bar area. I'd love to get back here and do the sampling activity they have set-up. Got to love Cooperstown!

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Photo of smi69
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoctorFunkenstein
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of BierRunner
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Beautiful building and location (it even feels like Belgium). The retail Store and Cafe is in a separate building, but tours are available every hour. They have a good selection of bottles and glassware, but only one cashier for the 25 patrons. The Cafe was filled to the brim and while there appeared to be a tasting area, it was not accessible at the time. The Cafe lunch menu looked excellent but with a 1.5 hour wait we weren't able to taste anything. If this is what it is like on a weekday in December, I can't imagine what it is like in the height of the summer. We managed to obtain a few bottles of their beer for carry out and left without tasting anything. Too bad because it has so much potential to be a fun place. They need to think about crowd control, perhaps provide access to tasting separately from the Cafe.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of scxcrunner
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Have gone here on a few occasions for lunch and for a concert. Both experiences were great. A lot of offerings on tap and a nice patio to sit and enjoy a beer in the summer. Reasonable bottle prices in their shop and incredible cheese spread for sale! their horseradish cheese spread is out of this world.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of gonzo000
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

We had a great afternoon here. The brewery is in a very unique old barn-like building. The tour was nice and the tasting was great. The lunch menu is unique and delicious just like the beer. The staff is very knowledgeable and they obviously enjoy their jobs.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.76/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Ommegang, these guys are seriously great. The attitude and style of not only the beers they produce, but the architecture of the brewery, the layout of the bar, and of course the cafe, are comforting, inviting, classic beer culture. The staff are excited to share the beer lore with visitors and they have a lot to say about the flights, which is nice. The food leans towards what you would find in Belgium and is excellent, the staff can help you pair up their beers with the food. Come and hang out, have a flight, learn about their beer, have a gourmet meal, its all good here.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of moosup89
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of VikSidhu
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY
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