Brewery Ommegang Set for Limited Release of Double Barrel Dubbel

DBDbottleBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) has officially announced that Double Barrel Dubbel will arrive at the end of April as the brewery’s latest Limited Release offering.

Brewed as a nod to Brewery Ommegang’s first beer, Double Barrel Dubbel starts with a base of Ommegang Abbey Ale that is similarly spiced with orange peel, coriander, cumin, star anise, and licorice root.  Once the brewing process is completed, the beer then “gracefully ages for six months in a mix of bourbon and brandy casks in the brewery’s cellar.” This treatment results in a final blend that boasts a flavor profile of “caramel, raisin, and plums [mixing] nicely with underlying flavors of oak, bourbon, and subtle hints of dried fruit and vanilla.”  Double Barrel Dubbel weighs in at 9.9% ABV.

“As we’ve expanded our barrel-aging program, we’ve experimented with some of our favorite core beers, trying different barrels, and combinations of barrels, to create something new with beers we already enjoy. We thought the combination of bourbon and brandy for Abbey Ale was a great one and we’re pleased to share Double Barrel Dubbel with fans.”

 

– Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang

Double Barrel Dubbel will be available for a limited time beginning in late April 2018.  You can expect to find this Limited Release brew available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, New York and other select states located within Ommegang’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Double Barrel Dubbel from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Limited, late April 2018
Style – Dubbel
ABV – 9.9%
Malts – Pils, Amber, Munich & Aromatic
Hops – Styrian Golding & Spalter Select
Added Ingredients – Orange peel, coriander, cumin, star anise & licorice root
Treatment – A blend of beer aged for six months in a mix of bourbon & brandy casks
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pairs well with bold flavors like beef carbonade over mashed potatoes, robust cheeses like sharp cheddar and bleu cheese, and for dessert, a brandy-soaked fruitcake.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – FL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA ,SC, SD, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, and Washington D.C

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Brewery Ommegang Plans to Release Game of Thrones Royal Reserve Collection

Hand-of-the-Queen-445x1024Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) and HBO Global Licensing have announced that they will commemorate the final season of Game of Thrones with the release of Hand of the Queen Barleywine Ale in April as the first installment in the Royal Reserve Collection.

To ensure that you experience the final episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones series with the perfect beers in hand, Brewery Ommegang has established the Royal Reserve Collection to be “a collectible series of four special, limited release beers, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms.”  Each of these beers “will be brewed and blended with ingredients selected to match the character and temperament of the chosen hero, designed and brewed as Brewery Ommegang’s interpretation of what a royal brewer might brew for his or her noble master.”

The first release in the Royal Reserve Collection will be Hand of the Queen, a beer brewed for Tyrion Lannister.  Widely respected for his ability to “drink and know things”, the wine-loving Tyrion will be properly honored with a “a big, bold barleywine, a beer fit for those who seek knowledge and truth, both great and small.”  Clocking in at 11% ABV, the malt-forward Hand of the Queen Barleywine Ale is “an old-world example of the style” that is characterized by notes of brandy-soaked raisins, dark fruit, apricots, molasses and toffee.

“While technically not royalty at all, Tyrion certainly qualifies as a nobleman in our esteem,” says Doug Campbell, President of Brewery Ommegang. “We’ve wanted to brew for Tyrion for six seasons, and we believe his time has come. Knowing his preferences, our beer for Tyrion could only be a barleywine.”

As noted above, Hand of the Queen will be the first of four releases in the Royal Reserve Collection.  The remaining three releases will arrive in July, October, and December of 2018.  The names and details for those future beers will be made available as their release dates draw closer.

Hand of the Queen will officially release in April with availability in 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $12.99 each) and on draft.  A list of distribution states will be made available in March of 2018, and we will update you with that information just as soon as we have it.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hand of the Queen from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Limited/Royal Reserve Collection, April 2018
Style – English-style Barleywine 
ABV – 11%
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/

Brewery Ommegang Introduces Candi Stout

CandiStoutCakeBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) recently announced that it has officially initiated the one-time, limited release of Candi Stout.

Expanding upon their “mission to blend the artistry of Belgian brewing traditions with a typically non-Belgian beer style”, the brewers at Ommegang have developed Candi Stout as an amalgamation “of a Belgian-style dark ale and a traditional stout.”  This was achieved by brewing a “deep, dark black” Stout with “rich roasted malts . . ., Belgian candi sugar, bittersweet cocoa nibs, and a special strain of Belgian ale yeast.”  This combination produces an aroma of “dark chocolate and cocoa . . . with subtle hints of dark fruit and spicy yeast”, and a flavor profile that “opens with mild sweetness, giving way to rich chocolate, and mild roast.”  Despite the beer’s complexity, this all rides on a “smooth body and finish” thanks to “the use of Belgian yeast and the extra dose of fermentables from candi syrup.”  This all results in a 6.7% ABV Candi Stout that boasts “impressive drinkability.”

“Candi Stout is unique in that the dark candi sugar lessens the body a bit and reduces the need for higher amounts of roasted grains so the beer drinks slightly lighter and less roasted than a typical stout. This is a great beer for the cold months ahead, and we’re as excited to share this new beer with fans as we are to drink it this winter.”

– Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang

Candi Stout officially started its “one-time” release on December 23 at Brewery Ommegang.  These 750ml bottles will also see limited distribution during “the month of January in Wegmans, Total Wine, and Costco stores in the eastern part of the United States.”  For those of you outside of that area, there is no need to fret because Candi Stout will also see nationwide distribution on draft in March.  Prost!

Vital Information for Candi Stout from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Limited, late-December 2017 through March 2018
Style – Belgian Stout
ABV – 6.7%
Malts – 2-row, Flaked Barley, Pale Chocolate, Special B, Aromatic, Midnight Wheat & Roasted Barley 
Hops – Styrian Golding & Saaz
Added Ingredients – Belgian candi sugar & cocoa nibs
Yeast – Belgian Abbey Ale Yeast
Suggested Food Pairings – “Candi Stout is a perfect match for any variety of chocolate desserts, or on the savory side, with roasted or grilled meats, roasted root vegetables, and aged cheeses.”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/

Brewery Ommegang Releases Limited Edition Smoked Porter

OmmegangSP4pk_editedBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) has officially announced that Ommegang Smoked Porter is hitting shelves and taps now as the brewery’s latest Limited Edition offering.

Created as “a nod” to the classic English-style beer, Ommegang Smoked Porter is “brewed with subtle additions of smoked malt and a touch of Saaz hops to add additional depth and character to an otherwise traditional English brew.”  This approach yields a medium to full bodied, deep dark brown Smoked Porter with aromatic and flavor notes of rich cocoa, burnt sugar, roasted malt, sweet caramel, and subtle smoke.  Although this offering may be a bit of a departure from the brewery’s more Belgian-focused beers, Ommegang Smoked Porter’s “characteristic aromas of chocolate malt along with caramelized sugar are reminiscent of many things Belgian, and of all things good.”

Ommegang Smoked Porter is available now for a limited time in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can find this Limited Edition brew at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York, and throughout the rest of Brewery Ommegang’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Ommegang Smoked Porter from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Limited Edition, November 2017
Style – Smoked Beer
ABV – 7.6%
Malts – Pilsner, Special B, Munich 20, Cara-20, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate, & Smoked Malt
Hops – Saaz
Yeast – American Ale Yeast
Suggested Food Pairings – “Smoked Porter is a wonderful accompaniment for a variety of foods. Pair smoke with smoke – and enjoy with smoked meats and cheeses. It’s also an ideal charcuterie beer, and a wonderful pairing for rich confections like chocolate cheesecake.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/

Brewery Ommegang Celebrates 20 Years with Release of 20th Anniversary Ale

20th-Anniv-BottleGlassTube-763x1024Brewery 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
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/

Winter is Here to be Next Game of Thrones Beer from Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang-Game-of-Thrones-Fire-and-Blood-2017-Bottle-750ml_editedBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) and HBO Global Licensing have officially announced that they will continue their Game of Thrones series of beers this fall with the release of Winter is Here Double White Ale.

Adorned with a label that prominently displays the Night King, Winter is Here Double White Ale is being released to Game of Thrones fans as a warning that the Great War and the White Walkers are on the approach.  Brewed with white pepper, sea salt, coriander and sweet orange peel, this Belgian-style Double White Ale is led by “aromas of banana, clove, and pronounced peppery phenols” while the flavor is that of “slightly sweet malt, subtly balanced by hints of sea salt.”  Even though this full-bodied brew weighs in at an imposing 8.3% ABV, Winter is Here “still manages to drink quite lightly” and vows to be “the perfect brew to sip throughout the cold months that lie ahead.”

“For six seasons, Game of Thrones fans like ourselves have watched as the great houses of Westeros battled amongst themselves, all the while knowing that the only battle that really mattered – the great war – was yet to come,” says Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang’s President. “In this next season, we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of winter with a beer fit for consumption north of The Wall. Winter is Here is a fortifying and delicious double white, brewed with sea salt and white pepper, sure to keep you warm in winter, no matter how long it lasts.”

Winter is Here Double White Ale will officially arrive in October with availability on draft and in single 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $11.99 each).  This Limited Release beer will also be available in a collectible gift pack (suggested retail price of $23.99) alongside a commemorative glass and a 750ml bottle of Fire and Blood, a Red Ale brewed with ancho chilies (6.8% ABV) that was originally released in 2014 as the third beer in the Game of Thrones-inspired beer series.  Look for Winter is Here to be on shelves and taps at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Brewery Ommegang’s expansive distribution network later this year.  Prost!

Vital Information for Winter is Here Double White Ale from Brewery Ommegang 

Release – Limited, October 2017
Style – Belgian-style Double White Ale
ABV – 8.3%
Malts – Pilsner, White Wheat, & Soft Red Wheat Flakes
Hops – Saaz
Yeast – House yeast of Brewery Ommegang
Added Ingredients – White pepper, sea salt, coriander & sweet orange peel
Availability – single 750ml bottles, in a collectible gift pack & on draft
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/#!locator

Brewery Ommegang Launches Fruition as Newest Year-Round

fruitionbottle_editedBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) has officially announced the release of Fruition as the latest addition to its Year-Round lineup.

To provide their fans with a fantastic, new option during the warm weather months, the folks at Brewery Ommegang have developed and released Fruition as a refreshing remix on a classic.  Dry-hopped with Cascade and Citra hops, this Wheat Beer starts with a base of Ommegang’s beloved Witte that is then “given a tropical twist with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices” during fermentation.  “Tropical fruit and citrus aromas dominate the nose and the flavor” while the beer’s “malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes” provide the drinker with a smooth mouthfeel and medium body.  Clocking in at 5.3% ABV, Fruition is an easy-drinking go-to that finishes “resoundingly dry with nice effervescence.”

“As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition. This beer is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.”

 

– Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang 

Fruition is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can find this new Year-Round beer available at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest Ommegang’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fruition from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Year-Round, launching June 2017
Style – American Wheat Beer
ABV – 5.3%
Featured Hops – Cascade & Citra
Added Ingredients – Spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander; fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/
Suggested Food Pairings – “The dryness and acidity of Fruition make it a perfect beer to pair with all manner of cheeses, particularly cheeses with some funk. The effervescence also makes this beer a great pairing with saltier foods – try Fruition with Belgian frites or chicken & waffles.”

Brewery Ommegang to Release Bend the Knee Golden Ale as Next Game of Thrones Beer

Ommegang_Secondary_Logo_GreyscaleBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) and HBO Global Licensing have announced that Bend the Knee Golden Ale Brewed with Honey will be released over Memorial Day weekend as the newest installment in their Game of Thrones series of beers.

Bend the Knee Golden Ale has been crafted by the brewers at Ommegang as the perfect libation to honor the launch of the seventh season of HBO’s Emmy® Award-winning Game of Thrones and pay “homage to the struggle for control of the Seven Kingdoms.”  The foundation for this golden hued ale has been laid with an aroma and flavor that balances a firm maltiness with citrus hops.  Wildflower honey was then added during fermentation to have a light sweetness join the fruity character of Ommegang’s signature house yeast.  At 9% ABV, Bend the Knee “finishes dry and with [a] firm hop bitterness.”  To bring it all back to the show, this limited-edition offering has been packaged “in a series of three collectible 750ml bottles, all finished in matte black and adorned with one of the three Great House sigils: Stark, Targaryen, or Lannister.”

The retail release for Bend the Knee Golden Ale is set for May 22 and will roll out nationwide over Memorial Day weekend.  This limited release can be found on draft and in 750 ml bottles (suggested retail price of $9.99 each) at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Ommegang’s expansive distribution area.  The seventh season of Game of Thrones returns on July 16, so make sure that you have a bottle of Bend the Knee on hand to properly enjoy that first episode.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bend the Knee Golden Ale from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Limited, launches May 22
Style – Golden Ale
ABV – 9%
Malt – Pils & Flaked Oats
Hops – Saaz, Bravo & Styrian Golding
Availability – Draft & a series of three collectible 750ml bottles, all finished in matte black and adorned with one of the three Great House sigils: Stark, Targaryen, or Lannister
Suggested Food Pairings – “Fit for any feast table, Bend the Knee’s clean and balanced flavor and effervescent carbonation make it a fine pairing for a variety of foods including seafood and shellfish, roasted or grilled chicken, grilled steaks, and aged Swiss-style cheeses.”
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/#!locator

Brewery Ommegang Releases Pale Sour Ale as New Year-Round

ommeganglogoBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) recently announced that they have expanded their Core Lineup with the addition of Pale Sour Ale.

To ensure that this mixed fermentation sour beer was worthy of becoming the newest Year-Round offering from Brewery Ommegang, Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and the master blenders at Brewery LiefmansOmmegang’s sister brewery located in Oudenaarde, Belgium – spent a great deal of time together developing the recipe and process for Pale Sour Ale.  This brewing brain trust decided to ferment this offering in open copper vats, age it for several months in stainless steel tanks, and then “blend new batches with older ones until the optimal balance of flavors is reached.”  Their efforts result in a 6.9% ABV American Sour Ale “that drinks much like a fine white wine” thanks to a flavor profile that displays “an elegant interplay of sweet and sour.”

“Pale Sour is an elegant, drinkable sour beer, unique in that it’s not wood-aged. It has a well-balanced blend of sweet and sour. Liefmans is such a historic, iconic brewery and having the opportunity to work with them has been an honor and very enjoyable.”

 

– Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang

Pale Sour Ale will officially launch at Brewery Ommegang on Saturday, April 29.  If you are not in the Cooperstown area, you can expect to find this offering shortly thereafter in 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Ommegang’s distribution area.  Pale Sour Ale has promise to be quite the special beer, so be sure to keep an eye out for this one while on those beer runs. Prost!

Vital Information for Pale Sour Ale from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Year-Round, launching late-April 2017
Style – American Wild/Sour Ale (blended)
ABV – 6.9%
Treatment – Mixed culture fermentation, aged for several months in stainless steel tanks, blended
Availability – 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles & draft
Confirmed Distribution – FL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, VA, plus Washington D.C. & U.S. Virgin Islands
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pale Sour’s balanced acidity is a perfect accompaniment to a charcuterie board and a tasty contrast to rich, fatty foods. Try pairing with duck, ribeye, blue cheese, and rich chocolate desserts.”
Suggested Glassware – Teku glass

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Brewery Ommegang Welcomes Spring with Release of Short Sleeve Saison

ommegangsss_editedBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) recently announced that Short Sleeve Saison will be released as the brewery’s newest Spring Seasonal offering beginning at the end of February.

To provide their fans with a thirst-quenching beer that is perfect for any springtime activity, the brewers at Ommegang have crafted Short Sleeve Saison to be one of the most sessionable brews ever produced by the brewery.  This straw-colored Saison features a floral, subtly fruity aroma and a flavor profile “of lemon tartness followed by mild wheat character.”  At just 4.5% ABV, Short Sleeve Saison finishes crisp, clean and incredibly refreshing.

“Short Sleeve Saison is one of our most easy drinking offerings to date,” says Justin Forsythe, Innovation Manager at Brewery Ommegang. “The delicate yet complex balance between lightness, spice, and fruitiness is sure to please the palate and leave you desiring another sip. As the weather begins to warm again, we hope this beer is a go-to for refreshment, and something light enough to keep you anticipating the warmer months ahead.”

Short Sleeve Saison will officially hit distribution at some point in late-February to early-March.  This offering will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at fine beer establishments located in Florida and other select markets within Brewery Ommegang’s distribution network.  Saisons are always a beautiful option when it comes to warm weather drinking, so make sure to give Short Sleeve Saison a try at some point this spring.  Prost!

Vital Information for Short Sleeve Saison from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Seasonal, launching late-February to early-March 2017
Style – Saison/Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 35
Malts –  Pilsner, Wheat, Acidulated Malts & Flaked Oats
Hops – Southern Hemisphere Topaz & Motueka
Additional Ingredients –  Grains of paradise, lemon peel & coriander
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – FL, AR, CO, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, D.C., & Puerto Rico
Suggested Food Pairings – Poached salmon over a microgreen salad with strawberry vinaigrette, mild cheeses like queso blanco and fresh mozzarella, and light desserts like berry sorbet