Friday, November 7, 2014

Fifth Game of Thrones Beer Is Coming Soon

In 2013 Brewery Ommegang teamed up with HBO to release a line Game of Thrones inspired beers.  Since then, four beers have been released and all four have been critically acclaimed.  Below is the press release from Ommegang announcing the fifth beer in the Game of Thrones series.  Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison is set to release in Spring 2015.  You can find our reviews of the previous four Ommegang Game of thrones beers here, here, here and here.      


(COOPERSTOWN, NY) On the HBO series Game of Thrones, things are often not what they seem. There may be no better example than the three-eyed raven - which in Bran Stark's dreams and visions is a bird. But as Bran discovers in the season four finale, the raven is actually a mysterious old man whose body is fused with the roots of a weirwood tree beyond the wall. Just like the mythical creature, the next beer in the Game of Thrones series from Brewery Ommegang is not exactly what it appears to be. Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale is a saison, but it's also a dark ale. And it will be available spring 2015 when the hit show returns for its fifth season.

Three-Eyed Raven is the fifth beer in the partnership between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. Like its predecessors, the beer is inspired by themes and plot points from the award-winning HBO series. As season four wound down, the storyline of Bran and the three-eyed raven reached a shocking climax that portends dark and momentous events in store for the people of Westeros. A dark take on the classic saison style seemed most appropriate for the latest beer.

"A dark saison is a style that we've been intrigued with for a while now and one that's open to a broader stylistic interpretation," said Mike McManus, Brewery Ommegang's Innovation Manager. "When we zeroed in on Bran's storyline with HBO, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to brew something with many different characteristics and attributes - a beer that's not truly one thing or another. It is definitely the most unique beer in the series to date, which is very exciting."

"Going into season five, Game of Thrones is bigger than ever, and we've learned very quickly over the past four beer releases that fans of this show are thirsty for Ommegang's innovative and carefully conceived brews," said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. "We're certain those fans will be just as surprised by the complexity of Three-Eyed Raven as they were by Bran's discovery at the end of season four."

Three-Eyed Raven is brewed with a carefully crafted mixture of specialty malts, including malted rye, midnight wheat (provides depth of color but not the roasty flavor of a dark beer), and dark candi sugar. It's hopped with Hallertau Spalt Select, Tettnang, and Bravo hops, which give the beer a spicy, fruity character. A fair amount of late-addition hops are added for character. Three-Eyed Raven is fermented and bottle-conditioned with Ommegang's signature house yeast.

Saison qualities dominate Three-Eyed Raven with fruity esters, clean floral hops aromas, a light malt character with just a hint of roast and a pleasant yeastiness in the taste, and a crisp finish with lingering herbal hops and dry rye notes. The label art, which features the three-eyed raven, was created using an actual concept design illustration from the series.

Previous beers in the highly successful collaboration include: Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale (available now), Fire and Blood Red Ale (spring 2014), Take the Black Stout (fall 2013), and Iron Throne Blonde Ale (spring 2013.) The first three beers in the series completely sold out and Valar Morghulis is well on its way, despite being brewed at nearly 4x the volume of Iron Throne.

Three-Eyed Raven will be available nationally this spring (exact launch date still TBC) in time for the season five premiere of Game of Thrones. The 7.2% ABV ale will be available on draft (sixth-barrels) and in corked bottles (25.4 ounces). The recommended retail price is $9.50 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 seven 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. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Citi Field Set To Host Bacon and Beer Classic


NEW YORK – Move over baseball…make way for two other American classics as bacon and beer take center stage at the home of the New York Mets this summer. What could be more American than beer and bacon at the ball park?

Cannonball Productions brings the Bacon and Beer Classic (baconandbeerclassic.com) to Citi Field for a unique doubleheader on July 26The Brunch session runs from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., followed by an Evening session from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fans can attend one – or both – but need a ticket for each session. VIP ticket-holders will be admitted one hour earlier…an extra hour of beer and bacon!

A one-of-a-kind event, the Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field is part of a national series of events hosted by major league baseball stadiums across the country. Fans can get a taste of history as they walk through the stadium sampling craft beers and special bacon-inspired treats prepared by local chefs. There’ll also be live music to dance to, interactive games to bring out the inner kid in all, and plenty of cooking demonstrations and beer schools where everyone – from expert to novice – will learn a thing or two about bacon and beer.

“This certainly won’t be a run-of-the-mill experience for guests. The Bacon and Beer Classic brings together the best in local food, brews, and entertainment,” says Cannonball Productions and Bacon and Beer Classic founder Kate Levenstien. “Because New Yorkers are such die-hard sports fans and so knowledgeable about craft beer and gourmet food, we’re thrilled to be hosting our next event at Citi Field in July.”

The starting lineup for New York’s event is strong, and continues to grow. Already, more than 80 area restaurants and breweries have signed on, with each brewery serving at least two of its most celebrated brews. Restaurant chefs are being challenged to prepare their most delectable bacon-inspired dishes. Attendees can expect to taste several bacon classics and bacon creations they've never seen (or tasted) before.

To keep track of all the tasty treats, guests can download a mobile application that not only lets them vote for their favorites, but provides useful, interactive features for use during the event. After each session, votes will be tabulated and awards presented to restaurants and breweries.

Cannonball Productions ensures the experience is local by partnering with businesses and groups that provide the best the area has to offer, including D’Artagnan, its gourmet bacon provider. The event’s charity partner is Citymeals-on-Wheels (citymeals.org) which unites volunteers from the Greater New York City area. Citymeals-on-Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to New York’s homebound elderly, last year delivering two million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to 18,000 frail and aged residents.

The Bacon and Beer Classic is an all-inclusive event, with guest receiving a souvenir Bacon and Beer Classic cup.  General admission tickets are $59 each. VIP experience tickets are available and provide access to a variety of exclusive privileges, including, but not limited to: one hour-early entrance, access to VIP areas on the warning track and inside the dugouts, and exclusive brew tastings.

For event information, please visit www.baconandbeerclassic.com. To purchase tickets online, go to www.baconandbeerclassicnyc.eventbrite.com/.  TheBacon and Beer Classic is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bandbclassic.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NYC “Brews” Brothers Introduce Oren's Daily Porter

(New York, NY) — Heartland Brewery founder Jon Bloostein and brother Oren Bloostein (Oren’s Daily Roast)— both owners of  multi-unit New York City beverage  businesses— have combined their love for beer and coffee to create Oren’s Daily Porter, a limited edition bottled ale available at all Heartland Brewery locations this month.
 
The Bloostein Brothers began brewing in 1986 when Oren started roasting green coffee in the back of a tiny store on 1st Avenue and 81st Street. Brother Jon followed in 1995, opening the first Heartland Brewery on Union Square, and winning three medals at the Great American Beer Festival shortly after opening.
 
Working closely with Oren, Heartland Master Brewer Kelly Taylor created a porter recipe with English and American malts, using Oren’s Sumatra coffee.  “Sumatra is the world's most full-bodied coffee,” says Oren Bloostein. “We have been purchasing Sumatra coffee since we opened—it’s the best, cleanest, sweetest Sumatra around.” Oren’s Daily Porter is great as a stand-alone beer, a dessert beer, or with chocolate or smoked ribs.
 
The full-bodied and herby flavor of the Sumatra coffee will complement the beer, and add to the uniqueness of the brewing process. “We’re adding the coffee in two different stages,” says Kelly, “in the kettle for flavor, and then in the fermenter for aroma.”
 
The Bloostein brothers are excited to share this collaboration with the public. “How we each found ourselves producing two of the world’s most popular drinks,” says Jon Bloostein, “is a mystery to both of us (and our mom), but the common denominator is water, which is why the charity we’ve chosen to give the proceeds to makes so much sense.”
 
One dollar from the sale of each pint of Oren’s Daily Porter will go toward the International Rescue Committee’s efforts to provide clean water to the people of Ethiopia; a cause that both brothers have supported for years.
 
 
Heartland Brewery is a collection of five NYC brewpubs, and Oren’s Daily Roast is a group of ten Big Apple-based coffee stores.
 
 
To learn more about Heartland Brewery, visit www.heartlandbrewery.com.
To learn more about Oren’s Daily Roast, visit www.orensdailyroast.com.
To learn more about The International Rescue Committee, visit http://www.rescue.org/.

Monday, March 31, 2014

2014 Edition of Belgium Comes To Cooperstown Will Have Las Vegas Theme

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) This August, what happens in Cooperstown, stays in Cooperstown.  That’s because “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown,” Brewery Ommegang’s beer, music, food, and all-things-fun fest is returning August 8 and 9 with a “Sin City” theme.  The annual festival offers beer enthusiasts the opportunity to taste hard-to-find Belgian ales from the Motherland and Belgian-style ales from all over North America – and this year a chance to do so dressed in a white Elvis jumpsuit. Tickets, which typically go faster than a stack of $20s at a cold black-jack table, go on sale to the public April 1.

This year’s Las Vegas theme will pervade the festival while more than 100 breweries will be on hand pouring more than 300 unique beers for the 3,000 attendees. In addition to great beer, BCTC promises gourmet food vendors, live music, on-site camping, fireworks, and much more.  Winning chefs from Ommegang’s national HopChef competition will go head to head on Saturday vying for top honors in food and beer pairing. And, for true Vegas high-rollers (well, VIP ticketholders and those lucky enough to get one of 300 limited ticket upgrades), a Game of Thrones experience will be available in recognition of Ommegang’s one-of-a-kind promotional partnership with the hit HBO series. Guests for this will receive a bottle of the soon-to-be-announced, and yet to be released fourth beer in Ommegang’s collaborative beer series, a commemorative glass and a photo opportunity on a replica of the Iron Throne from the show. Tickets for the upgrade are $25.

“We’ve been talking about a Las Vegas-theme for several years now and it only made sense because with so much great music and activities, plus a field full of beer-loving campers, BCTC is the festival that never sleeps,” said Tara Aitchison, Retails and Events Manager at Brewery Ommegang. “We are filling the weekend with several fun surprises so that just like Vegas, you never know where the night will take you but you are certain it will be fantastically memorable.  For this weekend at least, the “entertainment capital of the world” isn’t a dusty desert light-show, but an idyllic and quaint lakeside village in Upstate NY.”

Festivities begin on Friday at 6pm with a five-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders.  The festival grounds open at noon on Saturday for patrons holding camping tickets.  Tastings begin at 2:30 pm for VIP ticket holders and 3 pm for general admission.  Tastings end at 7 pm.  There will be live music from 3 pm until midnight. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be served from 8 am until noon. The brewery will be closed to the public on Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, but will reopen for regular service on Sunday, August 10.

VIP tickets cost $250 and include the five-course beer pairing dinner, two nights of camping on the brewery grounds, and additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon. General admission tickets for Saturday’s tasting event cost $90 and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $110. Guests may add the Game of Thrones package to their GA and GA+camping tickets for $25. The Game of Thrones experience is included in the costs of a VIP ticket.

Tickets go on sale April 1 at noon at Ommegang.com and Etix.com and are available until they sell out.  Please note that VIP tickets have sold out in under a minute for the last three years and all tickets sell out within a day of the event going on sale.  For more information, email events@ommegang.com or call (607) 544-1800 ext. 813. 




About Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. The brewery creates six 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 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. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang , Facebook.com/Ommegang, Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Adirondack Brewery Announces Expansion


Lake George, NY – March 19, 2014 - The Adirondack Brewery has announced that it has planned a five-year, $5 million expansion that will entail the construction of a distillery and tasting room, an events space and addition brewing and bottling facilities (elevation attached).

To accommodate the expansion, the Adirondack Brewery has purchased a four-acre lot connected to its Canada Street, Lake George location for $1.2 million, owner John Carr has announced. The site was purchased from the Off Track Betting Corporation, said Carr.

With the construction of a new plant on the property, Carr’s brewing and bottling capacities will triple, once the expansion is complete, Adirondack Brewery will produce 35,000 barrels of beer a year, said Carr.
According to Carr, the four-acre parcel includes a pedestrian corridor that will connect it with Sewell Street and the Adirondack Pub & Brewery.  That will allow the on-site Pub to shift most of its parking to the former OTB lot, landscape its grounds and expand outdoor restaurant seating.

The new distillery, which will be called High Peaks and produce whiskeys and rye under the brand name Cloud Splitter, will be the first distillery in Lake George.  Carr said he expects the distillery to produce 5,000 cases of spirits a year.  The plans include renovating the 8,000 square foot OTB building and installing the distillery operation behind a glass wall facing Canada Street.

Once remodeled, the High Peaks distillery will also include space for catered events, which will complement and serve events at the new festival space and conservation park opposite the site.

Adirondack Brewery’s beer is distributed locally within the 11 counties of New York State serviced by DeCrescente Distributing as well as 24 other counties in New York with High Peaks Distributing in Plattsburgh & Lake Placid, McCraith Beverage in  Utica, Onondaga Beverage in Syracuse, Eagle Beverage in Owsego & Watertown, Clare Rose Inc. on Long Island & by means of self-distribution in NYC.

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Adirondack Pub & Brewery is a full functioning brewery in the heart of Lake George Village, with all craft-brewed beers made on premise using the finest malt, hops, yeast and water, since 1999.  The Adirondack Pub, a full-service Adirondack themed dining establishment serves up all-American cuisine, is currently open on weekends and offers brewery tours Tuesdays & Fridays at 4 pm and Saturdays at 11:30 am.  Visit Adirondack Pub & Brewery at 33 Canada Street in Lake George, New York, www.adkbrewery.com & (518)668-0002

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Brewery Ommegang Releases Glimmerglass As New Spring Seasonal

(COOPERSTOWN, NY)  Brewery Ommegang, the Belgian-style brewery in Cooperstown, NY released its newest seasonal beer, Glimmerglass, this week. The new spring Saison is the fourth seasonal offer for the brewery (following Scythe & Sickle, Fleur de Houblon, and Adoration) and pays homage to Cooperstown’s pristine Otsego Lake.

Glimmerglass was the name given to Otsego Lake by author James Fenimore Cooper in his historical novel series, The Leatherstocking Tales. Nestled between gentle mountains, the pure and clear lake reflects not just objects held up to it but also the joyful spirit of its home Village of Cooperstown upon the arrival of each new spring.

“Having grown up in Cooperstown and spent so much time enjoying Otsego Lake, this was a very special beer for me to brew,” said Brewery Ommegang’s Innovation Manager, Mike McManus. “It’s the perfect beer to sip as you begin to migrate back outside again with warmer weather.  I hope everyone who drinks Glimmerglass finds it evocative of a refreshing and relaxing day aside a breezy and lively lake.” 

“Clean water is one of the most important ingredient in our beer and we’re very fortunate to brew in Upstate New York where there’s such an abundance of perfect water, said Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Glimmerglass is our testament to the pure lakes and springs that our region is known for and a bit of a tribute to our home village and its wonderful history.”

Glimmerglass is brewed with white wheat, hopped with Bravo, Styrian Golding, Columbus and Cascade hops, and spiced with pink peppercorns and sweet orange peel.  Fermented with a classic saison yeast strain and bottle conditioned with Ommegang’s house yeast, Glimmerglass has fruity aromas of pear, apple and slight citrus balanced with a delicate floral hop character and a touch of spiciness. The taste is clean with pronounced fruit flavors and delicate bready malt following by welcomed spicing. A crisp finish offers lingering yet subtle notes of yeast and touches of fruity pepper. Glimmerglass is available now for a limited time on draft and in 12 oz. four-packs.

Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. The brewery creates six 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 44 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 Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, please 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, Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang 

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

NYC Brewers Choice to Bring Regional Grains, Brewers, City’s Best Chefs to Wythe Hotel

The original “better beer event” returns, as NYC Brewers Choice brings 25+ brewers to the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on February 26th from 6:00-9:30 p.m. Dating back to the very first Craft Beer Week six years ago, NYC Brewers Choice remains the only independently produced event that ties this year’s NYC Beer Week to its Beer Week origins. This year we return with even more food from the city’s best chefs, restaurants and artisanal food purveyors to pair with beer from brewers who have been encouraged to brew beer with regional grains specifically for our event.

     Among the features of this year’s NYC Brewers Choice:
  • The best line-up of food at any NYC Beer Week event, including Reynard, Mile End Deli and Luke's Lobster;
  • The celebration of the 200th episode of Beer Sessions Radio™ on the Heritage Radio Network;
  • Officials from NY State will be present to celebrate local grains, with a portion of the proceeds going to GrowNYC’s Regional Grains Project;
  • The return of Blind Tiger’s Dave Brodrick as co-curator of the beer list;
  • 25+ brewers pouring specially made craft beer, many with grains source through Valley Malt.
NYC Brewers Choice was founded by Jimmy Carbone, Ray Deter and Dave Brodrick six years ago as a specially curated beer and food experience (beer is served in stemware with the Wythe Hotel providing an elegant atmosphere for sophisticated beer lovers), where the public can interact with brewers and beer industry veterans. The all-inclusive ticket (everyone’s a VIP at NYC Brewers Choice) is only $65 advance purchase ($75 week of event).

A full list of brewers, chefs and restaurants—along with ticketing information—is available at nycbrewerschoice.com.
The Good Beer Seal was co-founded in 2009 by Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43), Ray Deter (RIP – former owner of d.b.a.), Ben & Mike Wiley (Bar Great Harry), Gary Gillis (Burp Castle/Standings), and Dave Brodrick (Blind Tiger). The Good Beer Seal exists to identify bars offering an intriguing selection of craft beer in a unique atmosphere created by owner/operators who exhibit a deep commitment not only to the promotion of craft beer but to their community as well.
Beer Sessions Radio™ airs every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. on Heritage Radio Network. Jimmy Carbone, co-founder of The Good Beer Seal and owner of Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village, plays host to an audio ale salon celebrating the world of craft beer. Through discussions with beer industry insiders and knowledgeable beer fans from across the country, Jimmy and his friends explore every aspect of the brewer's craft from grains to pint glass and tasting to toasting. Beer Sessions Radio is sponsored by GreatBrewers.com, your online source for craft beer information, and supported by The Good Beer Seal.
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