Brewery Ommegang unveils canning line; first on-site can release, Neon Rainbows NEIPA

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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,163) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    (COOPERSTOWN, NY) 2018 is a year of expansion for Brewery Ommegang. The brewery is introducing a variety of new beers and undertaking a major renovation of the visitors’ center. Now, Ommegang is thrilled to announce the installation and commissioning of a new canning line and the launch of the brewery’s first on-site-only can release, the New England-style IPA Neon Rainbows, which to-date has been available only in very limited quantities on draft.

    Neon Rainbows follows Hopstate NY as the second release in the brewery’s Farmstead Series, beers that draw inspiration from Ommegang’s home on the 140 acre site of the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY. The double dry-hopped NEIPA began as a one-off experiment for the brewery’s legendary Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival, but it quickly became a local favorite. Originally brewed in tiny 15-gallon batches for special events, the brewery’s new canning line will now allow for production batches small enough to ensure this delicate beer is delivered to visitors to the brewery at peak freshness.

    Bursting with juicy tropical fruit flavors and aromas and paired with a pillowy mouthfeel and low bitterness, Neon Rainbows is 6.6% ABV and 45 IBUs. The beer is brewed with pilsner malt and flaked oats for a smooth malt profile and creamy body. Neon Rainbows is so named for the rainbow of hop varietals in the recipe. The beer’s aroma features tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, and strawberry with hints of melon, and the hop profile is juicy and citrusy thanks to Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, Topaz in primary hopping, and Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Topaz dry-hopping.

    The first canned run of Neon Rainbows will deliver 16 oz. four-packs for sale only at the brewery on Saturday, May 26 at 11 am with a one case per customer limit.

    The maiden canning run for the new system was on Tuesday, April 24, when Ommegang’s Nirvana IPA was packaged in 16-ounce cans for the very first time. “Different beer styles have different packaging formats that suit the style and the most common drinking occasions,” explained Rick DeBar, Ommegang’s Technical Manager. “For hop-forward beers and others that tend to travel with our drinkers to mountain tops, beaches, concerts and beyond, cans are an ideal format. Not only do they provide additional protection against light strike, but they’re more environmentally friendly on multiple levels as well, something we always strive to take into account.”

    A canning contract with Utica’s FX Matt Brewery has enabled Ommegang to have both Witte Wheat Ale and Nirvana IPA in cans for distribution in New York for the past two years, but the desire to produce cans in Cooperstown began more than four years ago.

    “We’ve been talking about canning our beers for a number of years, and with the help of FX Matt, we were able to get two of our most popular warm weather offerings into cans while we looked for the right canning line for our facility. It took us more than a year to find a supplier that could build us the line we wanted, meeting our strict quality standards while also integrating with the space we have available in our packaging hall,” says DeBar.

    Ommegang’s new canning line accommodates 12, 16 and 19.2 oz cans and produces about 40 cans per minute. It occupies a compact space within the brewery’s packaging facility, even tying into the existing bottling line once the cans are filled and sealed.

    “Having a smaller canning line enables us to produce small runs and to experiment with a variety of beers in this packaging format,” says DeBar. “It also help us ensure that cans will always be fresh since there won’t be large volumes sitting on shelves.”

    Current Ommegang beers in cans are Nirvana IPA, Witte, Fruition, and Short Sleeve Saison, all canned at FX Matt and available in NY. Ommegang has several other canned beers in the works for 2018 and will share details of those beers throughout the year.

    About Brewery Ommegang

    Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to brew imaginative craft beers across a variety of styles, with particular emphasis and respect for Belgian brewing traditions. Ommegang brews nine ales year-round, as well as an extensive and innovative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 46 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 75-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events including a summer concert series and a legendary beer festival, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and occasional special event days. For more information, contact, call 1-607-544-1800, or visit Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang,, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang

  2. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Crusader (777) Nov 4, 2015 New York

  3. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    Would like to see the Rare Vos and Abbey in cans as well.

    On a related note, Hand of the Queen was a solid beer. Not may in that GoT series have been.
  4. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Champion (873) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Wow, way to be late on two things.

    Cans and New England IPAs.
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  5. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Champion (873) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Oops, well, sort of...

  6. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,002) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    Is it bad that I'm against Brewery Ommmegang joining the Haze Craze™? I just wish they'd lay off the American styles in general and just stick to the Belgian stuff that has made them so successful thus far. I won't be purchasing any but best of luck to them regardless.
  7. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    This one made me eye-roll so hard that I think I sprained my pre-frontal cortex.


    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (768) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    Is this real? It looks like a bad Photoshop.
  9. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,265) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Please put Hennepin in cans. Thanks!
  10. MJS08

    MJS08 Aspirant (281) Jul 29, 2014 Florida

    Monk bunk.
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  11. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,002) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    Yes, this. I'd also like to vote for Fleur De Houblon. I have no issue with them doing hoppy Belgian stuff but why brew a style that everyone and their grandma makes?
  12. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,076) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Another vote for cans.
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  13. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,764) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

  15. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (5,716) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

  16. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (323) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    looks like they also have a grapefruit IPA. Quite the american Trappist brewery.
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  17. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,443) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    OMG! What to say? I thought Ommegang had more focus on their branding. Straying will only hurt them in my opinion. The Game Of Thrones thing was kind of OK (even though the beers faltered), but Jeebus, NE IPA? What's next, milkshake beers? Why not a lemon-lime malternative? Lack of focus eventually leaves you lost.

    As for Spencer I gave up on them after their first release, but that probably explains their need to dive into current styles. Followers, not leaders.
  18. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (1,947) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    I'm with you 100% on this, but I can't fault them for wanting to cash in on what's popular. As a long-time Ommegang fan, I was definitely surprised when they came out with their Nirvana IPA, as it was a clear step outside their Belgian-style lineup. The release of a NEIPA seems just as odd to me, but I'm sure they've gotten plenty of requests for one.
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  19. Ranbot

    Ranbot Zealot (547) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Yeah... to me Ommegang is synonymous with classic Belgian styles, not hazy NEIPAs can releases. I wouldn't expect [owner] Duvel to make a NEIPA, nor would I expect it from Ommegang. It feels like chasing a trend, but I wish them luck anyway.
  20. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,002) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    Absolutely. I can't blame them for making a proper business decision (the hype around the style is nearly impossible to ignore) but it just goes against what they're known for.

    Personally, I think if they wanted to toss their hat into the ring of new American styles they should make a different "line" or "series" of beers for shit like this, not unlike what Troegs does with their "Scratch series" or how Jack's Abby made a spin-off brand (Springdale) so they can play around with ale yeast without comprimising their business ethos of doing lagers only....but hey, what do I know? I just drink the beer.
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  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,764) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    A couple of years ago I was up in Cooperstown to attend the Belgium comes to Cooperstown event. A number of places in town had Ommegang Hopstate NY (an APA) pouring. That beer was delicious!! When I left to return home I stopped by a supermarket to buy a 6-pack of this beer to take home.

    I hope to get a chance to drink Neon Rainbows soon.

    Good beer is good beer.

    Cheers to Ommegang for adding a canning line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  22. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Initiate (134) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    What a great line-I am definitely borrowing it and yes, I basically had the same reaction. They must really be hurting for business.
  23. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Disciple (398) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    jack what's up w the new avatar?? has this been discussed anywhere or do I need to start a thread? what's the story?
  24. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,764) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Scott, where the hell have you been!?!:astonished:

    I discussed this in a past thread:

    “A couple of days ago I ordered a Shemp's logo T-shirt and a 'light bulb' went on and a new avatar 'appeared'.”:slight_smile:


    P.S. When the package arrived and I showed the T-shirt to my wife she frowned. Whazzup with that?:confused:
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  25. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (568) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana

    How dare they do such a thing!
    GetMeAnIPA and DISKORD like this.
  26. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (1,533) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    So that explains why Short Sleeve Saison was released in cans.
    Man, I'm excited! I hope they start distributing it. I love Nirvana IPA and I imagine that this is probably great.

    Isn't that how hipsters are dressing these days? :joy:
  27. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (133) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    Wow, there's a surprise. Specialty brewer takes a leap and introduces a NEIPA in tall boy cans.
  28. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (428) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    hate hate hate
    What’s wrong with you people?

    This sounds cool to me, but I’m not a cranky old man so what do I know?
  29. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (133) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    Imagine you walked out your front door one morning and saw everyone wearing the same fucking hat. It's embarrassing.
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  30. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,510) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    NO. Isn't this grounds for getting your Trappist product label revoked?!

    (I'm joking, I know its not, but maybe it should.)
    CannedWaggoneer likes this.
  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,764) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    A brave new world!?!:thinking_face:

    Or as an ancient Greek Philosopher put it in circa 500 BC:

    “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -”

    ― Heraclitus

  32. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,076) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I am a cranky old man and it sounds cool to me as well.
  33. wasatchback

    wasatchback Aspirant (283) Jan 12, 2014 Utah

    We’ve reached an all time low

    About as off-brand as it gets.
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  34. BruChef

    BruChef Initiate (192) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    I would think that change in Ommegang’s IPA portfolio has something to do with Duvel-Moortgat’s acquisition of Boulevard. I feel like Nirvana came out somewhat shortly after the deal was finalized. Don’t they brew each others beers at their respective facilities?
  35. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (1,533) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    Nirvana IPA is brewed at Boulevard. I don't know about anything else.
  36. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Initiate (170) Aug 2, 2017 New Jersey

    A brewery wanting to try new things? QUICK BURN IT ALL DOWN!!!!!!!!!! Mount the heads of the brewers from the highest posts!!!! You guys are ridiculous sometimes, so they want to cash in on a craze, more power to them. If it creates a great beer then I'm for it.
  37. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (987) Oct 17, 2010 California

    it doesn't always, have you tried Offshoot??
  38. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Initiate (170) Aug 2, 2017 New Jersey

    Why would I judge a beer based off a previous beer before trying it? And I have not had the opportunity to try any of Offshoot (assuming you are referring to the brewery in California).
    GetMeAnIPA likes this.
  39. JeremyDanner

    JeremyDanner Aspirant (210) Dec 20, 2005 Missouri

    We don't currently brew/package any Ommegang beers at Boulevard.
  40. waltari

    waltari Initiate (63) Jan 28, 2016 Georgia

    Funny how these beer snobs think that nobody is 'allowed' to brew a NEIPA except for the likes of treehouse and trillium. Then noboby should have done a BA stout because Goose Island was one of the first one to do it. How about using hops, stone and sierra nevada were one of the fist ones to do it. How dare the other ones to even try it. We are almost in cultural appropriation BS territory here.
    #40 waltari, May 22, 2018
    Last edited: May 22, 2018