During Saturday’s murder mystery, I had the line, “Yes, that was me you saw at Beer Belly Bob’s. Yes, I was tasting beer, and yes I bought some. I like beer, all right?” I don’t actually drink a whole lot of beer these days, but I do enjoy it. I especially enjoy tasting different beers. I had a chance to do that yesterday, when Steven and I went to the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY.
We have wanted to go to the brewery for some time now, but the one time we tried we could not find it. That was the day we had not realized was Hall of Fame Weekend when we decided to go to Cooperstown. Lots of traffic! It worked out, though, as we discovered Pailshop Vineyards that day. Sunday we purposely drove to Pailshop (I hope to write a blog post about that visit later this week). While there, another nice couple tasting wine said they were headed to Ommegang next and we could follow them. Yay!
The place was doing a booming business, as to be expected on a lovely October Sunday, but we found parking space without too much problem. We opted not to take the tour or wait for a guided tasting, but to just sit at the bar and order a flight of beers. I tried the Lovely Dark and Deep first and said it was, indeed lovely. Steven liked to too but he does not care to drink a lot of dark beer at at time. He preferred the Rare Vos Amber Ale, which I also enjoyed.
I thought the Nirvana was more flavorful than the Amber Ale. Steven liked it as well. He was not as fond of the Pale Sour, saying it had a sweet aftertaste. I rather liked the aftertaste, finding it more tangy than sweet. However, I think I would not have liked it so much if I drank a lot of it. Steven liked the Short Sleeve better than I did, although I thought it was OK. Ultimately, Steven said he liked the Nirvana and Short Sleeve best.
I only took a couple of pictures. I’d like to go there again to take the tour and enjoy a guided tasting. I would also like to have lunch there. Steven noticed that the portions were enormous. Oh well, I can eat a lot.
I tried to get the quote on the wall in the picture: “Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire,” David Rains Wallace.
Brewery Ommegang is located at 656 Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY, phone number 607-544-1800. Their website is http://www.ommegang.com/. You can also Like them on Facebook.