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[ 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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Wonderful tour -- our guide was friendly, and the tour was exactly as long as it should be. Surprising how small their actual facilities are, but quality over quantity!
Food at their café was excellent, and reasonably priced; paid about $8.50 for an amazing sandwich that went perfectly with their Abbey Ale. To get a flight of three different brews (each 5oz) costs $7.50.
The tasting was lovely, too -- costs $3, and you get a nice souvenir glass from it. You get to try 6 different Ommegang brews, and the staff gives you histories and all sorts of other interesting info. My only complaint about the whole experience was that the tasting was a little bit crowded, which made it hard to get to the palate-cleansers and get fills. The later tastings that I saw were much less crowded, though.
Would recommend going to Brewery Ommegang to absolutely anyone, regardless of their enthusiasm level about beer or brewing.
07-01-2013 02:56:31 |
More by renroc
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Best damn brewery in the U.S. in my book. A very special quad, 3 Philosophers, my favorite dubbel, and in walked Hennipen, what a beer. I also love the Winter Adoration Ale among others. What a bright beer that is. Art of Darkness another nice choice.
Don't forget to check out some of my favorite glassware too.
02-21-2013 00:02:24 |
More by frankiepop
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
The trip to Brewery Ommegang may be a little out of the way, but it is definitely worth the trip. Fantastic beer, food, and atmosphere make this a fantastic destination. I took a trip to Cooperstown just to visit this brewery and my only complaint is that it's so far out of the way for me.
I will definately visit again.
06-03-2013 17:39:07 |
More by Someguyperson
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Ommegang is a gem. From rolling up the driveway to the store, tasting room, and cafe, even the bathrooms, Brewery Ommegang is as aesthetically pleasing as can be. Staff are friendly, there's music playing, and obviously, plenty of beer - both for purchase and for consumption on site.
The beer Ommegang makes is world-class, and the fact that they have all of their sister companies (Duvel, Liefmans, Chouffe, Maredsous) only increases your options.
Service is awesome. Both in the cafe and store, these people know their beer. Food in the cafe comes out quick despite the cafe being jam-packed.
Selection is not vast, its only Ommegang and Duvel family brands, but those brands are all awesome, and the reasoning here is understandable.
Food is the best yet. I haven't tried it all, but I assume it's all awesome. The frites are fantastic, as is the strawberry arugula salad, and probably everything else.
The prices aren't too bad, just not dirt cheap.
Skip the hall of fame, head to Ommegang.
01-29-2012 21:31:50 |
More by Edwaka01
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This brewery was my first so my take may be a bit skewed. I enjoyed this brewery very much. reasonably priced even though it was their 15 anniversary party. Got to try several beers though dont normally make and they were fantastic!! I am a true novice and they treated me well even though i had a lot of questions. Brew masters were knowledgable and friendly.. overall I would say a fine place to try fantastic beers at a reasonable rate and a fun atmosphere to boot!!
04-01-2013 23:42:47 |
More by Irish0480
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Drove to Cooperstown from Syracuse to visit Brewery Ommegang.
Did the brewery tour, tasting, shopped in gift shop, and ate/drank in the Café.
The café had recently been opened/renovated from what I was told. We sat at the bar which was very nice. The atmosphere of the café was excellent: dim, large heavy wooden tables, chalkboards in the back with Brewery events and seasonal brew details, along with tasteful beer art (wooden Maredsous signs, etc.)
Beer selection was excellent: a variety of usual Ommegang brews, Duvel, Maredsous 6 and 8, and a few Chouffe taps.
The food menu had an excellent selection with a wide variety.
I had the house oysters and a La Chouffe and Ommegang Three Philosphers. My girlfriend had Ommegang Hennepin and we shared some ice cream. The ice cream was some sort of roasted coffee caramel something. I can't remember exactly but it was great!
Service was good, the bartenders were a little hard to get a hold of for another beer at times despite not being very busy. But one was able to stand and talk beer for a few minutes when it slowed down, which was nice. We were given a heads-up that the food would take a little bit longer than usual because they only had one chef working, which we did not mind at all, we were just happy to be there enjoying our beer.
Definitely worth a trip out to visit Brewery Ommegang and the Café. I had a blast and will definitely remember the experience fondly now that I have moved back to Texas and most likely won't be able to visit again.
09-16-2012 15:58:44 |
More by Mtaylor459
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Being form the area, The best thing to have happened to the Cooperstown area is this brewery and adding the restaurant, well only took Ommegang to a level that very few breweries ever get too, this place is just done right, great beer, great staff and the menu is what you would find if in fact you where in Brussels drinking away the day. So do yourself a favor, if within driving distance, MAKE THE TRIP!!! Ommegang if you are listening….now it’s time to expand the restaurant because the locals who have supported you for so long cant find a seat….even in December :)
01-26-2013 19:24:28 |
More by vomfoss
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: 4.5 | 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.
06-29-2011 02:34:54 |
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