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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
656 County Hwy 33
phone: (800) 544-1809
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is beautiful, both inside and out, but of course it starts outside. The impression is instilled that this brewery is a little bit more grandiose than most around as soon as the looming arch with the brewery's name and bookended on the left by "1549" and the right by "1997," decorated in the Winter with holly and a beautiful wreath. The huge fermenting tanks and the barns are something to marvel at between the walk from the parking lot. The entrance is to the gift shop, or so I think of it, which then leads to the restaurant through a door and a tasting room/bar on the back side near where the building is entered. The restaurant is also beautiful, mostly modern but with some older or antique edges to it and a chalkboard stating the drafts on the left wall. Seating is plentiful in a wide-open space, where tables are ready for small or large groups. The service is good and servers are extremely knowledgeable. They're also friendly, not too chatty but very willing to chat about the beer or food, and quick to the table. Along with the taps, they also serve bottles. The food is also some of the best I've eaten at a brewery, the frites served with a choice of several outstanding aiolis, that sort of thing. The quality of the beers they serve is only top-notch. I really can't say too much good about this place. It's the one place I absolutely have to go to when I visit my family in upstate NY.
10-17-2013 20:32:28 |
More by Brenden
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited a friend in NY during the summer of 2013, and we made the drive up here to visit.
The Atmosphere is beautiful. Unlike most breweries that reside in industrial parks, this brewery is set in the middle of beautiful countryside all by itself. The brewery and it's surrounding area is awesome.
The Quality was great. They serve fantastic beers here.
The Service was perfect. The waitstaff was really friendly, knowledgeable about their beer, and they frequented our table just in time to re-fill our glasses. Top-notch.
The Selection was very good. They offered 1-2 Duvel beers, numerous Ommegang beers, and also a couple from Liefmans. They offered a couple summer-oriented beers that were delicious. I was also able to purchase some beer to go along with a shirt as they had a nice selection of both beer and swag to take with.
They served food that looked great, but we had eaten shortly before stopping. Next time I'd like to eat here.
I greatly enjoyed my visit here, and if I'm ever in the area again, I'll make sure to stop by.
09-24-2013 14:43:21 |
More by smartassboiler
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Beautiful brewery, delicious cafe and even met and hung out with the brewers. Had 2 meals here, Harvest Moules (mussels) steamed with scythe and sickle was so good that I tried to recreate it at home with much less success. The Take the Black release special meal was the highlight of my vacation. Ommegang is a special place indeed.
09-18-2013 03:35:56 |
More by ACarp
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
I've been to ommegang brewery twice before before the cafe opened, so this was my first time eating there. First off, the food prices are very reasonable. A plate of pei mussels for $10 I thought was a good deal no matter where you go. I felt his way before ordering and after receiving our food, my opinion was only solidified. A heaping pile of mussels that could rival anywhere else. The frites and the dipping sauces were amazing. My wife had the seafood chowder and a friend had chicken and waffles. Both were excellent. They had a full a ray of their beers on tap along with with other beers from Belgium. Those same beers were available in the gift shop. This was a great experience for us and look forward to going back, wished it was closer.
09-07-2013 22:03:24 |
More by Cooker_stp
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great brewery, great bar, good food/service, good gift shop! Tour was only okay but had a good time taking pictures and drinking some of my favorite beers! Prices were reasonable, and if you go during nice weather you have to sit outside. Nice views of the field where they are growing hops. The frites (French fries) are a must have with a bunch of different dips to choose from!
08-27-2013 21:51:46 |
More by Muleshark
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Visited 2 times...Grounds and overall atmosphere were great.. very luxourios and hands down the best looking brewery I've personally been to. Everything in the store and tasting room were nice, clean and very ritsy... good selection of there regular lineup plus they have other beers from there other companys... about $1-$3 cheaper on bottles than local stores but you obviously save a ton by buying cases... diddnt try the food but selection and price were on par with similar resturants... nothing crazy... high priced on things like bottle openers, growlers(empty) and the little knick knacks... busy ss hell both times we went... and both times we arrived 45 min before the tasting start and it was sold out and thus we waited for an additional 45 minutes..for a place like that they can have on like 1 or 2 more staff members to assist and make things run smoother... world clsss yes and a must visit
08-26-2013 03:52:49 |
More by pjkelley82
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$$
I went here for Belgium comes to Cooperstown, and it was by far one of if not the best beer fest i have been to! I thought the prices were a little on the higher end but i was very satisfied with their beer. They had lots of great beers and the staff is very knowledgeable. This has now become must go when ever i am in the area.
08-06-2013 21:20:19 |
More by Beeranator
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Had the opportunity to spend some time at the Ommegang Cafe on three consecutive days while visiting Cooperstown. If you're in the area, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Parking right next to the cafe is very limited, and will fill up quickly. But their is extended parking out in a field in an adjacent lot, just a short 3 minute walk from the cafe, so if you can't find parking at the cafe you aren't out-of-luck.
Don't necessarily go by the Cafe hours as printed on the website. During my visit, the website said hours were 12-5, but at the door they were actually opening at 11. Because of this, I'd recommend calling and inquiring if the hours on the website aren't to your liking.
Atmosphere: The place was always busy. All the time. But nobody seems hurried/rude, like you'll see at other crowded bars. Giant oak tables, seating 6 on all fours sides, cover the floor of the cafe, so if you aren't at the bar you will almost certainly be seated with some strangers, and possibly make some new friends. There's two seperate sections of outdoor seating: one rectangular tent, with traditional pull-out chairs and metal tables from which waitresses will serve you food, and the other a large rounded tent furnished with larger/softer patio furniture. You're responsible to get your own beers from the bar while seated in the rounded tent, which is something I rarely mind.
Quality: Top-notch. Glassware is always clean and pristine. Beers are served at proper temps. My entire family never once noticed a bad poor from a bad line. These are all things you'd expect... and expectations are met.
Service: Exceptional. The waitresses have to work hard to keep up with the crowds, but they do the best they can. They had unique/original opinions on both the food and beer menus, and were very attentive regarding placing "the next round".
Selection: If I were to make any criticism at all, it was that the selection, while very good, didn't have much of anything *rare* or *hard-to-find* from Ommegang or the larger Duvel family. As others have said, Duvel owns Ommegang, and as such, the beer menu is limited 10 drafts and about 30 other bottles, all of which come from the Duvel family of beers (Ommegang, Duvel, Maredsous, De Koninck, Achouffe, and Liefman's, if my memory is correct). Being familiar with most of these breweries/lines, it was a fairly short list of offerings that I hadn't had before. However, I'm a huge fan of Ommegang, have always been a fan of Duvel, Maredsous and Achouffe, and became a fan of Liefman's because of this visit, so an afternoon spent with a list of 30ish beers from them is a good afternoon in my book.
Food: The food was all very good. We ate lunch here three days in a row. We sampled a variety of appetizers, we ordered a couple of different soups, we had a couple sandwiches, ect, and only one of the many things we tried did we feel was subpar.
As far as value, I don't think anyone that knows anything about Ommegang/Duvel was expecting "dollar drafts" or anything like that. The price isn't cheap, but after three consecutive visits I never once felt like my bill didn't properly reflect my level of satisfaction.
A highly-recommended stop while visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame.
08-02-2013 14:05:07 |
More by psuKinger
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.
07-17-2013 14:21:28 |
More by StonedTrippin
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Wonderful tour -- our guide was friendly, and the tour was exactly as long as it should be. Surprising how small their actual facilities are, but quality over quantity!
Food at their café was excellent, and reasonably priced; paid about $8.50 for an amazing sandwich that went perfectly with their Abbey Ale. To get a flight of three different brews (each 5oz) costs $7.50.
The tasting was lovely, too -- costs $3, and you get a nice souvenir glass from it. You get to try 6 different Ommegang brews, and the staff gives you histories and all sorts of other interesting info. My only complaint about the whole experience was that the tasting was a little bit crowded, which made it hard to get to the palate-cleansers and get fills. The later tastings that I saw were much less crowded, though.
Would recommend going to Brewery Ommegang to absolutely anyone, regardless of their enthusiasm level about beer or brewing.
07-01-2013 02:56:31 |
More by renroc
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