Brewery Ommegang

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3.94/5
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39,880 Ratings
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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

Notes:
Acquired by Duvel Moortgat in 2003.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
56
Reviews:
13,072
Ratings:
39,880
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.51/5
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
270
pDev:
13.3%
 
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Finally got up to Ommegang after saying I wanted to check it out for a long time. The place is pretty large, there is a taproom, a gift shop, and a pub area where you can get food. That doesn't even include the brewing space which I'm sure is huge. The service and the beers were good. The selection was nice too because they had some specialty beers they released in bottles. I wouldn't mind visiting again sometime.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
4.06/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Sabtos
2.43/5  rDev -46.1%
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, since this is the only reason to be in the area, except for the Baseball Hall of Fame. What they offer here is obviously fresher than you may get at your local super market, but 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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4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Any day at a brewery is a good day. But the meandering through rural Cooperstown scenic byways culminates in a magical entrance onto the Brewery Ommegang's property and easing through the building's breeze way. A mental transforming goes from Upstate New York and into an authenic Belgian getaway.

Along with a guided tour through the brewery and a concluding beer tasting of all six of Ommegang's flagship brands, the newly erected gift shop and cafe further reinforce the the classy and quirky fashions and traditions of true Belgian farmhouses. Modern amenities, lighting, and proportions complement the rural European woodworking, color scheme, and rustic nature well.

The cafe is cozy and spacious at the same time, and tucked through the gift shop. Seating 15-20 at the bar and additional table seating for maybe 30-40 more is ample and void of clutter. Clean lines, tile flooring, polished woods, and sleek stainless steel create a comfortable and modern space for a casual afternoon of beer sippin' and dining.

Of couse the beers of Witte, Abbey Ale, BPA,Rare Vos Hennepin, and Three Philosophers were well on display; but so were Aphrodite, Chocolate Indulgence, Leifmans Framboise and Cuvee, and Duvel Draft. With several bottles from Trappist brewers and other Authenic Belgian Ales from Achouffe and Maredsous, the cafe boasts a concentrated but array of flavors to sample and enjoy without risk of boredom.

Belgian waffels, crepes, frites, stews, sandwiches, and deserts are all available on their extensive food menu, but I opted for the gruyere and white cheddar fondu with apples, artisnal breads, and gormet sausages for dipping-certainly enough for a light lunch among two. Although a bit on the pricey side, the quality makes up for it- still running in the $12-$18 price range for most dishes.

Stopping in just after the lunch crowd, left us with a lot of one-on-one attention with the bar staff and a brewer on break. The conversation lead to a lot of education about the beers and philosophy of the brewery and cafe, so the knowledge of the staff left us very impressed.

No visit to the cafe is complete without a venture through the gift shop where among tee shirts, bar wares, and chouffe statues are all available for purchase- so are artisinal spreads and cheeses that incorporate the brewery's beers.

All this makes for a charming and delightful day at the brewery. The cafe certainly takes the art of making beer into more than just a quick stopover, but is now a destination spot for those who don't want to leave the brewery, but are in fear of wearing out the welcome. Set on a gentle hillside and on a calming estate, it's hard to want to leave the brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.6/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.54/5  rDev -21.5%
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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Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY
Brewery rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 39,880 ratings
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