Friday, January 29, 2016

Ommegang Will Release Bourbon Barrel-Aged Three Philopophers

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang’s exquisitely unique Three Philosophers Quardupel Ale is universally-known as the preferred elixir of life’s meditators, thinkers and theorizers. Now, thanks to Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and the 24 bourbon barrels he got his hands on, mullers of life’s mysteries can ponder all the more deeply. A very limited bourbon-barrel-aged edition of Ommegang’s most renowned beer will be available beginning in February at the brewery store and in early March at select New York City specialist beer retailers. A small amount is also being held in reserve opportunistically.
 

“We’ve experimented with barrel aging in the past and had great success,” said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Three Philosophers is such a lovely, complex beer and it ages so beautifully that we thought it the perfect fit for pairing with bourbon barrels. The result is exactly what we hoped for: even more complex flavors and a slightly fuller body than the standard. We’re sure this’ll be a crowd pleaser.”
 

Like the original, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers pours a deep burgundy hue with a fluffy, off-white head. Patience through the aging process rewarded the brewers with flavors of caramel, raisin, dried fruit, molasses, and vanilla and aromas of oak, vanilla, and subtle hints of cherry. The body is ample but still finishes faintly dry with lingering hints of malt, bourbon, and cherry. The effects of barrel-aging, eliciting remnant alcohol from the cooperage during the aging process, escalated the ABV of the beer from 9.7% to a significant, yet sneakily subtle, 11.4% ABV.
 

The beer will on sale at the Ommegang store on Saturday, February 13 from 12-8 pm, on a first 
come-first served, basis. During the day-long launch event, visitors can enjoy unlimited beer samples for $5, café food specials, and 10% off all beer and merchandise in the brewery store. Visitors are also welcome (and encouraged!) to return to the brewery that night for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Details about dinner, which will feature the new beer, can be found at www.ommegang.com/blog.
 

Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers NYC retail locations can be found through the Ommegang beer finder (Ommegang.com) following its roll-out to trade in early March.
 

About Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang, part of the legendary Belgian brewery Duvel Moortgat, 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, USA 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 Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, please contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit www.ommegang.com. Follow Ommegang on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ommegang, Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang

Monday, January 11, 2016

Yonkers Brewing Company Celebrates Anniversary With Limited Release Beer

 Craft Brewery To Release Limited Quantities Of Coffee, Bourbon, Maple Porter To Celebrate One Year Of Restaurant / Brewery Opening

YONKERS, NY – In celebration of the One Year Anniversary of their brewery / restaurant, Yonkers Brewing Co. is releasing a limited edition beer, as well as hosting events at Growlers Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe on Wednesday, Beer Noggin in Bronxville on Thursday, and Prime 16 Gourmet Burgers in Pelham on Friday, culminating with their First Anniversary Bash at the brewery on Saturday.
The special brew is called First Anniversary Porter; a porter brewed with bourbon barrel-aged Crown Maple Syrup from Madava Farms and P Pascal Roasting Co. cold brew coffee. Crown is located in Dutchess County and Pascal is a local Yonkers roaster. “We selected these partners for the collaboration because of their commitment to providing quality products that are sourced here in the Hudson Valley,” said Sharif Taleb, Head Brewer of Yonkers Brewing Co.  “Supporting local business is embedded in the core values of Yonkers Brewing Co.”

The First Anniversary Bash will take place on Saturday, January 16 at Yonkers Brewing Co’s Waterfront location with limited quantities of the First Anniversary Porter available for purchase in 32oz Crowler cans on a first come first serve basis.

“We have become a cultural hub by offering seasonal menus, rotating beer lists, live music, yoga, and more,” said John Rubbo, BrewEO of Yonkers Brewing Co. “The Anniversary Bash is another reason to bring the community together to celebrate a great year.”

The Anniversary Bash will begin at 10am and go until midnight. There will be 12 styles of Yonkers Brewing Co’s beer on tap, six varieties of wine, a full gastro pub menu and more. Kids and families are welcome.

About Yonkers Brewing Co.Like any other great idea, Yonkers Brewing Co. was thought of with a beer in hand. The concept of brewing came to John Rubbo and Nick Califano after they tirelessly helped their grandfathers make homemade wine. As they exchanged stories about crushing grapes and discussed the intricacy of fermentation, they cracked open a cold beer. As the cap fell off, the lights went on. "Why not just make the sweet nectar we enjoy so much more?” they asked. The generations-old tradition of wine making sparked a fire, and with head brewer, Sharif Taleb, they brewed up a recipe that is now known as their flagship, Yonkers Vienna Lager. Yonkers is always striving for continued improvement, innovation and quality in all they do, including promoting their hometown culture. For more information, check out www.yonkersbrewing.com or be social at fb.com/yonkersbrewing and @YonkersBrewing on Twitter and Instagram.


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ithaca Beer Launches Super Stout as a Year Round Brand in 2016





Ithaca, NY - December 17, 2015 - Back by popular demand, Ithaca Beer Company is launching Super Stout as a full year brand in package and draft in January 2016. First released in early 2015, Super Stout was well received by coffee lovers and craft beer drinkers alike.


Super Stout is brewed with a specially developed blend of high quality Arabica coffee beans sourced from a small batch coffee roaster and does not use extracts or commodity grade coffees. In a collaboration between Ithaca Beer Co. and Ithaca based coffee roaster Gimme! Coffee, a variety of unique roasts and blends were developed in order to meet a specific taste and aroma profile for this very special release. Gimme! Coffee was selected by Roast Magazine as their 2013 Coffee Roaster of the Year.

Just like a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, Super Stout is remarkably balanced, with no single flavor overpowering another. The chocolate essence of dark roasted malt, the creaminess of oats and a mellow hop blend are all complemented by the fruity wine and cocoa characteristics of Gimme! Coffee's select roast.

Super Stout will be available in 12 oz. bottle 4/6 packs and draft throughout Ithaca Beer’s Northeastern distribution network. With a mild 5.2% abv, Super Stout is an Oatmeal Stout brewed with Two Row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat malts, Roasted Barley and Oats and hopped with East Kent Goldings and Challenger varieties.

To launch Super Stout, Ithaca Beer will host several “Super Brunches” in key markets. In addition to Super Stout paired brunch dishes, the Super Brunches will feature beer cocktails including Apricot Wheat Ale Mimosas, Daydreamer Kölsch Margaritas and Bloody Zillas – Bloody Mary’s made with Cascazilla Red IPA.

“The Spirit of the Finger Lakes”, Ithaca Beer Co. was founded in 1998 by Dan Mitchell and is New York State’s 6th largest craft brewery. Ithaca Beer Co.’s brands are distributed in 8 states plus Washington, DC and has a popular farm to table brewpub at its growing brewery in Ithaca, New York. Ithaca Beer brewed 24,000 barrels of beer in 2014 and began its second expansion this summer to accommodate its continued growth.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sixth Ommegang Game of Thrones Beer Is On Its Way

   
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Seven Hells! Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale, the newest beer in the Game of Thrones series from HBO Global Licensing and Brewery Ommegang, is slated to debut this spring ahead of the premiere of season six of HBO’s critically-acclaimed and Emmy award-winning show. The brew will be available all throughout the realm – the United States that is – both on draft and in large-format 750ml bottles.

Seven Kingdoms is a marriage of a traditional Belgian-style wheat and a hop-forward American ale – but unlike so many of the marriages on the show, the resulting hoppy wheat is pleasant, playful and inspired. At 6.9% ABV, it possesses a nuanced complexity that pairs nicely with the hop-forward characteristics that make it surprisingly refreshing.

“We love bringing as much inspiration, thoughtfulness and creativity to the Game of Thrones beers as we can,” said Mike McManus, Innovation Manger at Brewery Ommegang. “This last season, the imaginativeness of the show was pretty astounding so we aimed for a beer that could hope to match that. A fusion of two wonderful styles was an idea that really excited our team.”

“With Seven Kingdoms, Ommegang has crafted another excellent brew which we know our fans will love,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. “The world of Westeros is varied and complex and this varietal embodies those characteristics while offering a new and unique taste to beer drinkers.”

Seven Kingdoms pours a hazy pale yellow with a thick cap of pure white foam. The aroma is floral, citrusy with a touch of passion fruit and a slightly herbal hop aroma underpinned with yeast notes of banana, ripe fruit, and spicy phenols. The taste is a full, round hop flavor with tart orange and lemon with a substantial wheat maltiness and the finish has slightly lingering hop notes without being harshly bitter. The mouthfeel is smooth and silken owing to the wheat and oats.

The new brew is hopped with Bravo, Centennial, Citra, Cascade, and Columbus, and brewed with pilsner, white and red wheat, oats, and a touch of sugar to lighten the body. Ommegang’s unique house yeast is used in both primary fermentation and bottling conditioning.

Seven Kingdoms follows the re-release of the first two Game of Thrones-inspired beers, Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout (fall 2015 and spring/fall 2013), Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison (spring 2015), Valar Morghulis (fall 2014), and Fire and Blood Red Ale (spring 2014). Due to the popularity of this series of beers, Seven Kingdoms will be brewed at 3.5 times the volume of the first beer released in spring 2013. It will be available nationally in March 2016 on draft and in 750ml bottles for the suggested retail price $9.99 per bottle. 
 
About Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang, part of the legendary Belgian brewery Duvel Moortgat, 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 43 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York, USA 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 Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, please contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit www.ommegang.com. Follow Ommegang on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ommegang, Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, 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.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Brewery Ommegang Grabs Two Golds at European Beer Star Competition

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang is honored to have received a pair of gold medals at the prestigious European Beer Star Competition this fall. The European Beer Star Competition judged 1,957 beers from 45 countries and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for 55 categories. Abbey Ale won gold for Belgian-style dubbel and Gnomegang won gold for Belgian-style tripel. In 2012 in the same competition, Abbey Ale won silver and Gnomegang won gold in their respective categories.

Abbey Ale was the first beer ever brewed by Ommegang. Spiced with sweet orange peel, coriander, cumin, star anise, and licorice root, Abbey Ale’s subtle aromas and flavors coupled with its excellent cellaring qualities have made the beer a fan favorite for 18 years. Gnomegang has been part of the Ommegang lineup since 2010 when the magic gnomes from Brasserie d’Achouffe in Belgium brought their spicy yeast to the United States as a gift for our brewers to experiment with. The result was Gnomegang, a unique, flavorful, aromatic dose of well-balanced magic in a glass.

“It’s very exciting to have one of our newest core beers – Gnomegang – and our first beer – Abbey Ale – recognized with these awards,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Ommegang. “It’s a testament to the fantastic team that we have at Ommegang ensuring that our quality and consistency remains top notch. I am extremely proud and appreciative of the honor.”

The European Beer Star Competition was established in 2003, and is reserved for beers brewed in styles that originated in Europe. Brewers from all over the world may submit their beers and the competition awards gold, silver, and bronze honors to beers which best fulfill the criteria of the respective styles and that have impressive taste and quality.

Both Abbey Ale and Gnomegang are available in 12oz four-packs, 750ml corked and caged bottles, and on draft throughout Ommegang’s 43-state distribution footprint.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ommegang to Release Lovely, Dark and Deep

Ommegang adds a touch of frost to new winter seasonal

New Oatmeal Stout – Lovely, Dark and Deep pays homage to famous winter poem & poet

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) For the next few months, there will be plenty of snow-filled woods by
which to stop and ponder in Ommegang’s Upstate New York, Cooperstown home. It only seemed fitting therefore to seek inspiration from Robert Frost’s famous poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” when name-storming monikers for the brewery’s new winter-warmer seasonal.  Lovely, Dark and Deep, an oatmeal stout, is set to reach retail in early November.

“Winter is lengthy in Upstate New York and we wanted to brew a beer that we could enjoy throughout the long, cold months,” says Mike McManus, Ommegang’s Innovation Manager. “Lovely, Dark, and Deepnot only reflects well the nature of our winters here, but also the beer. At 5.3% ABV the second follows easily after the first, while the chocolate, roast, and coffee characters provide enough to explore. It should be perfect during, or after, a day of winter fun.”

Lovely, Dark and Deep pours deep black with a tan, creamy mousse-like head. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee with cream, coupled with subtle notes of chocolate and dark fruit from Ommegang’s house yeast prevail. Flavors of rich chocolate milk, and coffee and cream are impeccably balanced with restrained sweetness and hints of roastiness. The finish is silky smooth with a medium to full body.

Brewed with a rich blend of malts including chocolate malt, midnight wheat, and flaked oats, and given a small addition of lactose, Lovely, Dark and Deep has a hint of sweetness and a smooth body. The beer is hopped with Bravo and Styrian Golding hops and Ommegang’s signature house yeast is used in both primary and secondary fermentation.

Lovely, Dark and Deep is the perfect beer to pair with a light meal by a hot, crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. Cozy up and watch the flames while you pair sips with aged cheddar, a hunk of dark bread with natural sweetness like pumpernickel, and slices of cold meats, like rare roast beef, with stone ground mustard. Or even, with some roasted chestnuts. Four packsof 12 oz. bottles will be available across Ommegang’s 43-state distribution area.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Ommegang Releases Game of Thrones Gift Pack

Mother’s Mercy – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout to return this fall
HBO® and Brewery Ommegang to re-release first two beers in popular Game of Thrones® collaboration

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) While in Westeros it remains very much uncertain who will ultimately rule the Seven Kingdoms, fans of Brewery Ommegang and the hit HBO show Game of Thrones are going to enjoy something not seen since the merry rule of King Joffrey – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout. The two first brews in the collaboration series, much like Jorah Mormont, are back just when fans thought they were gone forever. Both beers will be re-released this fall on draft, in single 750ml bottles and in a first-ever collectible gift pack featuring a bottle of each and a commemorative Game of Thrones glass.
“We heard from so many fans who were disappointed about missing the first two Game of Thrones beers,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. “The popularity of the beers has grown right alongside the popularity of the show, and we are thrilled to give these first two brews a second turn in the spotlight.”

When it was originally released in 2013, Iron Throne Blonde Ale was brewed at only 25% of the volume of the most recent beer, Three-Eyed Raven, which hit stores this spring timed to Season 5 of the show. Bottle shops across the country sold out in days, while bars poured through kegs in hours. Take the Black Stout was brewed at twice the volume of Iron Throne and still sold out quickly. Fans who missed out on both of these popular brews, and those who can’t wait to try them again, will finally have a chance this fall.
“We had no idea what the reaction to a Game of Thrones beer would be when this all started,” said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang.  “We were blown away by the runaway success of these first two beers and are very excited to give loyal fans another chance to enjoy them.”

Iron Throne Blonde Ale has a slightly hazy golden amber hue. The head is full and fluffy. The finish is crisp, backed by a touch of spice and hops. The aroma is a bit grassy with a hint of lemon fruitiness from the lemon peel. The taste is lightly malty, rounded by honey malt sweetness. Iron Throne Blonde Ale is 6.5% ABV.

Take the Black Stout is deep black in hue, with a full tan head. Aromas include dark chocolate, caramel malt, earthy hops, and a touch of fruitiness. Tastes include chocolate, dark coffee, and rich malt character. The beer has light, balanced roastiness aroma and taste. The clean hop bitterness converges with a slight woody character and spiciness. The finish offers sweet malt character giving way to spicy, earthy, hop bitterness. Take the Black Stout is 7.0% ABV.

The two beers will be available nationally in late September on draft, in 750ml bottles, and also in limited edition gift packs featuring a bottle of each beer plus a newly designed glass featuring the Ommegang and Game of Thrones logos in gold. Suggested retail price for the individual bottles is $9.99 and $22.99 for the gift pack.