Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) recently announced that it is celebrating two decades of brewing with the limited release of 20th Anniversary Ale.
Ever since it was founded in 1997, Brewery Ommegang has been brewing with the goal of creating “beautiful, imaginative Belgian-style ales blended with a touch of American innovation.” Staying true to the brewing philosophy that got them here, Ommegang’s brewers are marking their twenty-year milestone with 20th Anniversary Ale, a classic Belgian-style brew that has been given an “American twist” of bourbon barrel aging.
The base beer for this offering is a Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale that has been built with four malts (Munich, Special B, Cara-Vienne, and Blackprinz), a “balanced hopping” with Spalter Select and Styrian Golding hops, and an addition of Belgian candi sugar. Once the beer finished fermentation, it was then “aged for more than five months” in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. This all results in a rich, full-bodied 20th Anniversary Ale that is “mildly sweet” in flavor “with notes of caramel and molasses mingling with hints of bourbon and oak.”
“Twenty years ago, our founders built Brewery Ommegang with a simple purpose: to use Belgian-inspired brewing to elevate the entire conversation about craft beer in this country,” remarks our president, Doug Campbell. “Today, two decades later, with the release of this beer, we honor their legacy while at the very same time we continue to pursue it every day.”
20th Anniversary Ale is hitting shelves now and will hang around while supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml bottles at select beer establishments located in Florida, Georgia, New York and throughout the rest of Brewery Ommegang’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for 20th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Release – Limited, October 2017
Style – Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale
ABV – 11.5%
Malts – Munich, Special B, Cara-Vienne & Blackprinz
Hops – Spalter Select & Styrian Golding
Added Ingredients – Belgian Candi Sugar
Treatment – Aged for “more than five months” in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels
Suggested Food Pairings – “Dark roasted meats, rich creamy cheeses, Belgian chocolate are excellent pairing options, or enjoy this beer as a dessert all on its own.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
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