Saturday, July 30, 2016

Brewery Ommegang and Nine Pin Cider Releasing Collaboration Cider

Belgian-style Cider first collaboration between these New York craft beverage producers

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 29, 2016) – Nine Pin Cider Works, New York’s first farm cidery located in Albany, and Brewery Ommegang, a Belgian-style brewery located in Cooperstown, have announced the release of The Lion’s Share, a new style of cider that combines the best of New York’s leading craft producers.

Nine Pin crafts The Lion’s Share from a farmhouse blend of apples sourced from Samascott Orchards in Columbia County, and ferments with Ommegang’s proprietary house Belgian yeast. The result is a Belgian-style cider with a smooth mouth feel and complex fruit and spice notes.

“We’re excited to finally release this incredible collaboration between Nine Pin and Brewery Ommegang. The Lion’s Share represents what two New York craft producers can do together in pursuit of establishing the Empire State as the leader in the craft beverage revolution,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cider maker, Nine Pin Cider Works.

“It’s very exciting to collaborate with Nine Pin on something totally different,” said Phil Leinhart, Ommegang brewmaster. “Our house yeast brings such interesting tastes and aromas to ‘barley juice’ that I can’t wait to see what it does with ‘apple juice’!”

The Lion’s Share is 5.9% ABV and is sold in 12 oz. cans.

Retail availability is exclusively through Nine Pin and Brewery Ommegang. For more information, visit ninepincider.com and breweryommeang.com.

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About Nine Pin Cider Works: Nine Pin Cider Works is New York’s first farm cidery. Founded in 2013 and based in New York’s capital city, Albany, Nine Pin cider products can be found in hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout New York and in the Boston area. Nine Pin produces all ciders, sourced from Capital Region and Hudson Valley apples, in its 17,000 sq. ft. cidery facility and tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District. Be Revolutionary®, Consider The Apple®, and Drink New York Apples®. www.ninepincider.com.

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 100-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. For more information, contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit www.ommegang.com. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, Facebook.com/Ommegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang

Friday, July 22, 2016

Shmaltz Releases New Barrel Aged Beer





Shmaltz Brewing Company Celebrates the Summer Season with Barrel Aged Dark Ale
CHANUKAH IN KENTUCKY...in JULY!

Limited Release, Limited Markets, but Limitless Bourbon-Infused Flavor
in this 8% ABV Dark Ale Brewed with 8 Malts, 8 Hops
and Aged in Heaven Hill and Jim Beam Barrels



Clifton Park, NY -- Thursday, July 21, 2016 -- You may have heard of Christmas in July, a phrase that started in 1933 at a girls camp in North Carolina and was the title of a movie released in 1940. But what about our Hebrew Tribe? Why is there no Chanukah in July? And why should the southern hemisphere get to have all the winter holiday fun in July? Not to worry, Shmaltz Brewing is here for you with its extra special summer 2016 release of Chanukah in Kentucky...in July!

Shmaltz's latest rare and precious Chanukah in Kentucky...in July, a luscious dark ale aged in bourbon barrels, pairs perfectly with summer foods, favorite friends and family, and unique beer-loving palates. The barrel aged beauty is the result of freshly fermented Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer
® aged in Heaven Hill and Jim Beam bourbon barrels. Eight months and many sensory tastings later, this latest Chosen Beer has developed an array of gifts for the beer lover's taste buds: complex flavors of dark cherry and dates, light coffee roast and bakers chocolate. A confection of toffee, caramel, hints of vanilla and maple all arise with the unmistakable aromas of barrel strength bourbon from the second-use boozy barrels."Chanukah in Kentucky...in July is a delightful experiment that leans on the 8 malts, 8 hops and bourbon-splashed woody oak to impart a rich flavor and medium body," says Richie Saunders, Head Brewer at Shmaltz. "It's a boundary-busting brew created just for our dedicated tribe of summer-loving craft beer freedom fighters."

Chanukah in Kentucky...in July is now available on draft at select chosen beer bars throughout the 35 states within Shmaltz's distribution network. Get it when you see it -- there's no miracles coming to keep the beer flowing once this batch is gone. This month, Shmaltz features Chanukah in Kentucky...in July
at launch events occurring in select cities across the country. Please see the list of events below.Additional launch events will be added on shmaltzbrewing.com/calendar
About Shmaltz Brewing CompanyFounder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother's Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He’brew Beer across 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York State production brewery in 2013 in Clifton Park, 10 minutes north of Albany. Shmaltz's home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 30,000 barrels of annual capacity and packages a diverse and tasty variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days a week (Wed-Sun) and offers tours, barrel-aged previews, beer-to-go, and special releases.

RateBeer.com ranked Shmaltz as one of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" in 2013, and the brewery brought home 10 gold and 6 silver medals from the World Beer Championships in the past several years.

For more information, please visit:
www.shmaltzbrewing.com

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ommegang’s Latest Game of Thrones® Beer Has a Name – Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) After an exciting season that saw the Starks reclaim the North and Cersei take the Iron Throne as the first queen of Westeros, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are introducing a new beer and bringing back a previous brew to steady the nerves of fans as they anxiously endure the show’s off-season break. Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale is the latest beer in the series and pays homage to Arya’s season-long struggles within and around the House of Black and White. This beer will be available in 750ml single bottles, on draft and also paired alongside its previously released sister-brew Valar Morghulis in a collectible gift pack which features a commemorative glass as well. Suggested retail price is $9.99 for the individual bottles and $22.99 for the gift pack. The official nationwide release to retailers is October 10.
Fans of Game of Thrones know that “Valar Morghulis” means “All Men Must Die” in High Valyrian and is traditionally answered with the phrase “Valar Dohaeris,” which means “All Men Must Serve.” Label art for both bottles features the two-headed coin, given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, which gained her passage to Braavos at the end of Season 5. Arya spent most of Season 6 in Braavos training to become a faceless assassin, making the naming of the latest beer and the decision to re-release Valar Morghulis a no-brainer.
“When we got a sense of the season’s key plot points, we knew right away Valar Dohaeris was the new beer name and that bringing back Valar Morghulis was a must,” says Bill Wetmore, General Manager and Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “And I think HBO’s fantastic idea to have the gift pack mimic the House of Black and White is really going to be a hit with fans. It looks killer and I think fans are going to scoop them up pretty quickly for gifts or for their own collections.”
“Of the classic Belgian styles, the dubbel and the tripel are two of our favorites to brew, and both are styles we’re particularly well known for,” says Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “I love the idea of releasing them together side-by-side. It is such a great way to experience them.  They are also pretty hearty and should age nicely over time, so fans can stock up to last them through the winter and to fill the void until next season.”
Originally released in 2014, Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale is a name and style selected by fans in a December 2013 social media poll. One of the fastest-selling beers in the series, fans enjoyed this classic Belgian-style because it is fairly complex and full of intrigue – much like the show itself. Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale is, much like a “faceless man,” not what it first appears to be; it shares the complexity of its sister-brew and a strength masked and belied by its lighter color.
Valar Morghulis is 8% ABV, brewed with pilsner and specialty malts and hopped with Apollo and Hallertau Spalt Select hops. The hue is deep amber-brown and aromas include caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, banana and slightly burnt sugar. The taste is well-balanced with rich malty sweetness, caramel and sugar, and just a touch of bitterness to balance. The finish is surprisingly dry and light on the tongue, a surprising counter to its aroma and initial taste.
Valar Dohaeris is 9% ABV, brewed with pils, wheat and oats, flaked barley, and hopped with noble hops. It pours a beautiful copper-tinted hue with a full, fluffy white head. Sweet grain and honey are prevalent in the aroma. The flavor opens with a bright sweetness thanks to the Belgian candi sugar used in brewing. The finish is moderately dry and effervescent with just a hint of Belgian yeast character. 
 
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 100-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 Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit www.ommegang.com. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, Facebook.com/Ommegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang
 
About HBO Global Licensing
HBO Global Licensing officially licenses the HBO® brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network's award-winning programming. With products created around hit series like Game of Thrones® and True Blood® as well as classic series like The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, and Entourage, items include fashion apparel, figures, jewelry, digital and CD soundtracks, prop and costume replicas, games, books, and beverages, as well as exclusive, premium collections in partnership with upscale, designer brands. Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores nationwide, at http://store.hbo.com, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City. HBO Global Licensing products are also sold internationally across Europe (www.hboshopeu.com), Asia and Australia.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Shmaltz Releasing Star Trek Beer


SHMALTZ BREWING CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STAR TREKWITH TWO COLLECTOR'S EDITION BEER RELEASES
DEBUTING AT SAN DIEGO'S COMIC-CON, "STAR TREK LAS VEGAS" & "MISSION NEW YORK"


Two Recipes...Two Releases...Two Release Dates

Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles
Golden Anniversary Ale: Voyage To The Northeast Quadrant


Clifton Park, NY -- Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -- Shmaltz Brewing Company boldly goes to Comic-Con International with a unique Collector's Edition 50th Anniversary Release commemorating Star Trek 50: The Trouble With Tribbles. This summer and fall, Star Trek celebrates its 50th Anniversary and Shmaltz captures the TV show's indelible spirit that so many science fiction fans have come to love over the last half century. With The Original Series debuting on NBC in 1966, Star Trek has grown to become the #4 all-time movie franchise broadcasting in over 200 countries and grossing $2.4 billion all-time sales at the box office. CBS Studios has teamed up with Shmaltz Brewing for the only officially licensed Star Trek beers in the United States.

Trekkies attending San Diego's Comic-Con International! Get ready for the debut of Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles at the premiere of Star Trek Beyond (IMAX, Embarcadero Marina Park, July 20) and Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center (July 21 - 24). The Trouble With Tribbles will also be available at the San Diego retail locations listed below. Additionally, The Trouble With Tribbles will be available at the "Star Trek Las Vegas" convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino from August 3 - 7, 2016. In fall 2016, Shmaltz brings their second Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale: Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant to "Mission New York" at the Javits Center from September 2 - 4, 2016.

Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles (5 Malts, 5 Hops, 5% ABV)In the original Star Trek series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles," the U.S.S. Enterprise is called to protect a shipment of a genetically engineered four-lobe grain that is a hybrid of wheat and rye, called quadrotriticale. Since the year 2269 is still about 250 years in the future, Quadritriticale has yet to be conceived. Thus, Shmaltz brews with triticale for Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles.

The first commercial release by Drew Schmidt (Shmaltz Lead Brewer), the longtime Shmaltz brewer comments about the beer, "Light Carastan malt gives some residual sweetness in the form of very light toffee. A dose of Munich adds a slight bready quality, and wheat malt lends to a slight crisp character. Mashing at a moderate temperature gives this beer a medium body. In keeping with the intergalactic theme, hopping is comprised of Comet, Polaris, Aurora and Admiral (Kirk) hops. This beer is only loosely filtered to clarity, in order to preserve the ambiguity of good and evil."

Starting next week, Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles will be available throughout the San Diego metro area at Neighborhood (777 G St.), Burgers, Bate & Beer (200 Marina Park Way), Hopping Pig (748 Fifth Ave), Tipsy Crow (770 Fifth Ave), Gaslamp Tavern (868 Fifth Ave), The Safehouse - North Park (2930 University Ave), Newport Pizza & Alehouse - Ocean Beach (5050 Newport Ave), Balboa Tap House - Clairemont (4421 Genesee Ave), Goldfish Point Café - La Jolla (1255 Coast Blvd), Eureka! - La Jolla (4353 La Jolla Village Dr), Woodstock's Pizza - SDSU (6145 El Cajon Blvd), Ugly Dog Pub (6344 El Cajon Blvd), Craft Kitchen - La Mesa (4253 Palm Ave), and The Hills - La Mesa (8758 La Mesa Blvd). Please refer to this interactive map for additional locations selling The Trouble With Tribbles.

Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale: Voyage To The Northeast Quadrant (5 Malts, 5 Hops, 5% ABV)Recipe designed by 2nd Shift Supervising Brewer Ivan Dedek, Shmaltz's second offering for Star Trek 50 harnesses a crisp, clean malt character showcased by the use of light Munich malts and brewer's maze. The aroma is accented by fresh citrus fruits such as lemon and lime with subtle notes of white wine. The crisp malts and fruity aromas are elevated by maintaining a mild bitterness allowing each selected ingredient to offer its individual qualities without being overshadowed by any single ingredient. With 5 malts, 5 hops and 5% ABV, Voyage To The Northeast Quadrant is the perfect brew for any beer lover to toast the 50th Anniversary of such an iconic piece of popular culture.

About Shmaltz Brewing CompanyFounder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother's Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He’brew Beer across 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York State production brewery in 2013 in Clifton Park, 10 minutes north of Albany. Shmaltz's home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 30,000 barrels of annual capacity and packages a diverse and tasty variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days a week (Wed-Sun) and offers tours, barrel-aged previews, beer-to-go, and special releases.

RateBeer.com ranked Shmaltz as one of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" in 2013, and the brewery brought home 10 gold and 6 silver medals from the World Beer Championships in the past several years.

Media Contact: Jesse P. Cutler, JP Cutler Media, 510.338.0881, press@jpcutlermedia.com

For more information, please visit:
www.shmaltzbrewing.com

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Shmaltz and Terrapin Releasing 6th Edition of Reunion Ale


Reunion Ale '16® -- A Beer For Hope (with Terrapin Beer)
Complex Dark Ale Brewed with Chocolate, Cocoa Nibs, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Ginger & Mexican Chili Pepper
Proceeds to Benefit the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research

Clifton Park, NY -- Thursday, July 7, 2016 -- In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, Shmaltz Brewing Company continues its efforts to raise funds for the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research (IMBCR) by collaborating with Terrapin Beer Company for the sixth year to brew Reunion Ale '16 -- A Beer For Hope® (8% ABV). Myeloma is the 14th leading cause of cancer deaths, and in 2014, an estimated 24,050 new cases were discovered. Each year, Reunion Ale® is brewed in memory of Virginia MacLean, a dedicated cancer research supporter who lost her own battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. MacLean's wish to continue building awareness on behalf of the IMBCR is achieved through her dear friends and co-workers Alan Shapiro and Pete Slosberg's (creator of Pete's Wicked Ale™) work with Shmaltz and Terrapin for the annual release of Reunion Ale®.

The brand new recipe for Reunion Ale '16® features a Complex Dark Ale with Chocolate, Cocoa Nibs, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Ginger, and Mexican Chili Pepper. Reunion Ale® is exclusively brewed at Shmaltz in Clifton Park, NY with Terrapin Brewmaster Brian "Spike" Buckowski traveling from Georgia to Upstate NY to help brew the latest collaboration. The Reunion project has raised more than $130,000 for the IMBCR. Craft beer fans can donate money directly to the IMBCR at Shmaltz & Terrapin hosted Reunion® fundraising events and on
imbcr.org.
"Reunion 2016 takes a variety of crystal malts, as well as Munich, Kiln Amber and Victory malts to balance elements brought by a Belgian Monastery yeast," says Shmaltz Lead Brewer Richie Saunders. "Together, subtle spice notes compliment the characteristics of the favorite autumn style. Our Shmaltz spin on the style includes extra special ingredients adding our typical flare -- chili pepper extract, bourbon vanilla, ginger and cocoa nibs. Reunion 2016 brings a rich, deep brown/ruby color with a classic Belgian aroma complemented by spices with a subtle heat in the background. The smooth flavor of Belgian yeast and silky vanilla provides a mellow sipping experience with a slight bite from the chili pepper and ginger later in the finish."
National Reunion® fundraising events will occur throughout the summer and will be announced in the coming weeks. Events will also be listed on Shmaltz's event calendar at shmaltzbrewing.com.

About IMBCRThe Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research is dedicated to independent research on developing effective therapies that improve the quality of life and longevity of patients with myeloma and bone cancer. Myeloma and bone cancer are two of the fastest growing diseases in the world, afflicting more than one million people in the U.S. alone.

About Shmaltz Brewing CompanyFounder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother's Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He’brew Beer across 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York State production brewery in 2013 in Clifton Park, 10 minutes north of Albany. Shmaltz's home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 30,000 barrels of annual capacity and packages a diverse and tasty variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days a week (Wed-Sun) and offers tours, barrel-aged previews, beer-to-go, and special releases.

RateBeer.com ranked Shmaltz as one of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" in 2013, and the brewery brought home 10 gold and 6 silver medals from the World Beer Championships in the past several years.


 
For more information, please visit:

shmaltzbrewing.com
terrapinbeer.com


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Greene Space at WNYC Presents "Craft Beer Jam"

A Three-Event Series Celebrating Beer and Local Artisan Brewers

Wednesdays, July 13, 20, and 27 at 7:00PM

(New York, NY – June 27, 2016) – The Greene Space’s popular Craft Beer Jam is back for a sixth year celebrating great beer and innovative local brewers as part of Good Beer Month in New York City!

The series will be presented over three exciting evenings in July:

·     Wednesday, July 13 – “New York vs. New Jersey Brew Battle”:
The series kicks things off with a city-suburb smackdown that will include blind tastings of craft beers from brewers on both sides of the Hudson River and a vote on who makes the best brew. Featuring beers by Departed Soles Brewing Company (Jersey City, NJ), Flounder Brewing Company (Hillsborough, NJ), Angry Erik Brewing (Lafayette, NJ), Lineup Brewing Company (Brooklyn, NY), Threes Brewing (Brooklyn, NY), and more.

·     Wednesday, July 20 – “Brewing Like It’s 1776”:
For the second installment, raise a glass to the past at this tasting of beers from local breweries looking to the 18th century for inspiration. Sample authentic early American brews created by Bridge and Tunnel Brewery (Ridgewood, NJ), Gun Hill Brewing (Bronx, NY), and Harlem Brewing (New York, NY), and even learn a colonial drinking song (or two). 

·     Wednesday, July 27 – “The ‘New Primitives’ of the Hudson Valley”:
The third and final installment will focus on the magic of farm-to-tap brews from the Hudson Valley, where a new generation of flavor makers has set up shop to create ales with a local-only ethos. From the honey and fruit to the yeast to the heirloom grains and barley, these young, forward-thinking brewers are reversing years of advancement in brewing technology to make primitive, highly visceral beer. Featuring unique brews created by The Ground Brewery (Red Hook, NY) and others.

The series is hosted by Jimmy Carbone, owner of the bar Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village, co-founder of The Good Beer Seal, and host of the internet radio show "Beer Sessions Radio."  

WHAT:           Craft Beer Jam 2016

WHEN:           Wednesday, July 13th, 7pm – “New York vs. New Jersey Brew Battle”
Wednesday, July 20th, 7pm – “Brewing Like It’s 1776”
Wednesday, July 27th, 7pm – “The ‘New Primitives’ of the Hudson Valley”
                       
WHERE:         The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY (corner of Varick Street)

HOW:              Tickets are $25 and include tastings and snacks/ $60 to attend all 3 events.


ABOUT THE GREENE SPACE
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space is the street-level broadcast studio and performance venue of WNYC and WQXR. The Greene Space produces special live editions of WNYC programs and WQXR concerts and festivals, as well as original programming, including theater events, arts and culture conversation series, political debates and audio theater. It serves as a place for experimentation, cultural discovery and dialogue. For more information, visit www.thegreenespace.org

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ommegang Debuts Hopstate NY 2016 – Brand New Beer; Same Great Cause

Brewery continues commitment to raise awareness for NYS Hops and its farmers

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang, located in Brew Central, is once again shining the spotlight on local hop farmers with its 2016 edition of Hopstate NY, an all-NYS hops beer. Brewed in tribute and to raise awareness for local hop farmers breathing life back into the state’s hop industry, this year’s Hopstate NY is an American amber ale brewed with rye, and of course, a healthy amount of hops exclusively sourced from Empire State farmers. The beer will be available on draft and in six-packs, starting in early July.

The release of the new brew will be supported through tastings at farmer’s markets around the state, and the second annual Ommegang RV Tour, set to visit cities from Buffalo to Syracuse and Albany to NYC during the month. Just as in 2015, there will also be educational seminars and presentations on the New York State hops initiative across the region and as far as Washington D.C. – at Savor, a national beer and food celebration put on annually by the Brewer’s Association. These are conducted in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and their hop advisers who counsel farmers across the state on best practices and manage a varietal research yard at Ommegang.

“Hopstate NY is a beer everyone at the brewery is extraordinarily passionate about,” says Ommegang’s Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe, who developed this year’s recipe. “For me personally, it is very special as our 2016 version is a vastly different take on showcasing New York hops. It’s an American amber ale by style, but breaking from tradition and expectation, we added copious amounts of the finest NY State Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops we could find. I think people are really going to enjoy our take – it’s citrusy and spicy, while being very refreshing.”
The hop industry has deep roots in NY which was the epicenter of hops production in the United States in the 1800s, producing 80% of the country’s hops. Last fall, Ommegang, which is located on the former Lynes Hop Farm in Cooperstown, NY, purchased one ton of New York State-grown and processed hops. The hops were used to brew not only Hopstate NY but were also used in Fleur de Houblon, Ommegang’s summer ale. This is the second year in which Ommegang has purchased local hops for both experimental brews, and local and nationwide releases.

At 5.6% ABV, Hopstate NY pours a deep amber hue with a persistent white head. The hopping is almost entirely late-addition, and with two rounds of dry-hopping in fermentation, the beer has bright aromas of citrus and melon. The flavor is citrusy with a bit of sweet honey and caramel from the malt. Moderate bitterness of the taste is of citrus and tangerine with a slight pine resin presence. The finish is a pleasantly lingering resinous hop finish with a touch of sweet malt. Hopstate NY pairs well with grilled, fried, or roast chicken, spicy foods, pizza, and burgers.

This year, Hopstate NY will only be available in New York but as the local hop industry grows, Hopstate NY may expand to new states, symbolizing its rebirth and vitality. Hopstate NY will be available next month in 12oz. six-packs for the suggested retail price of $13.99. Ommegang’s website offers a beer finder for locating retailers by zip code.

Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. Ommegang brews eight ales year-round, as well as an extensive and imaginative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 45 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 100-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit www.ommegang.com. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, Facebook.com/Ommegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang
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