Yesterday was my first day in Cooperstown for this year’s Hall of Fame induction. So before I get started – are their any bloggers who are going? If so – let me know, it would be cool to meet up. I haven’t done too much baseball stuff yet – but we did see Al Leiter walking around town last night and Joe Torre was eating dinner at a restaurant nearby as well.
My parents have been gracious enough to drive up to Chicago to watch the kids while I go on this excursion to see enshrinement of my favorite player. But my wife and I are doing a few other things while we’re here – not just Baseball Hall of Fame things. We flew into New York on Thursday and went to Hoboken and Manhattan. Yesterday we went kayaking at a lake nearby, and went to Ommegang Brewery for the first time.
Establishment: Brewery Ommegang
Ballpark: Doubleday Field, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Dreams Park in Cooperstown
Location: 656 County Hwy 33, Cooperstown, NY 13326 – about 6 miles south of the Hall of Fame
Beers served: At any given time, they’ll have about 10 Ommegang beers on tap. Ommegang focuses on Belgian style ales, but have been doing some other things of late. Their flagship beers are Witte (wheat ale), Rare Vos (amber ale), Hennepin (farmhouse saison), Abbey Ale (Belgian dubbel), Three Philosophers (Belgian Quadrupel), and Gnomegang (Blonde Ale). When we went yesterday, they had a new Barrel-Aged Gnomegang that they’d just released. Below is a typical logo from a 4-pack – Cooperstown Ale which I posted about a long time ago.
Menu (if applicable): They have a moderately eclectic menu with anything from steak frites to chicken and waffles to Hog Wings. We got a cheese board to split since we’d had a huge breakfast.
‘Is it baseball-themed? Or is it just close to the ballpark? For the most part, just close to the ballpark. If you read their about us, they sometimes point out that they have nothing to do with baseball. The area in upstate New York, like the northeast in general, has a long history of brewing. The Cooperstown Ale above does pay tribute to the shared history there. If you go to the brew house, you will undoubtedly see some baseball fans.
Description: Ommegang built their brewery in 1997 – nearly 20 years ago – so they were very early in the craft brewing excitement. Their built on 136 acres of land where they grow hops, and were the first farmstead brewery built in the U.S. in over 100 years – there have been quite a few to follow as the craft beer movement grew.
From my experience – this place really is beautiful and is worth going to just for that aspect.
The brewery offers tours where you can hear about their meticulous process in detail. We had planned on doing one but the timing didn’t work. And honestly, just walking around the scenery was great They’re a highly decorate brewery from an awards standpoint. Belgian is a style not everyone likes, and while it’s not my favorite, I think most of their stuff tastes pretty damn good.