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Snommegang Offers Taste Of Many Regional Brews

Snommegang Offers Taste

Of Many Regional Brews

Austin Partridge and Wyatt Crowley of Red Shed Brewery in Cherry Valley, were serving glasses of their smooth, rich and malty Stonehouse Stout at the annual Snommegang beer tasting Event in Downtown Oneonta this afternoon. Main street was closed down for the event as hundreds of connoisseurs filled four tasting tents that offered a wide selection of regional craft brews. (Ian Austin/
Ommegang Commercial Set in Pioneer Park

Ommegang Commercial

Filmed In Pioneer Park

Local filmmaker Xander Moffat of Cooperstown works with his film partner Pedro Mermolia to frame a shot of Santa’s Cottage in Pioneer Park yesterday for a Brewery Ommegang commercial. According to  Ommegang’s Creative Marketing Director Larry Bennett, the ad will be used primarily on age-gated social media sites. The commercial centers around Santa Claus handing out Ommegang’s “Three Philosophers” to guests, of age of course, in his cottage in Pioneer Park.  (Parker Fish/

Revamped Clark

Sports Center Opens


OPENING DAY – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a coffee reception 8-10 a.m., and checkout the what’s new at The Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info,

COLOR RUN/WALK – 10 a.m. Take a 5K run/walk through the village of Cooperstown and 4 color splash stations as you complete the course. Supports the American Heart Association. Begins/Ends, Cooperstown Central School. Info,


The Avett Brothers Return


OMMEGANG CONCERT – 5 p.m. The Avett Brothers return for the summer concert series. Advance tickets, $50. Brewery Ommegang, 656 Cty. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Info,

MANSION SHOW RECEPTION – 5-8 p.m. Theme: RESIST!. Artists use their own interpretation be it political, personal, formal, or otherwise. Juried Art show open to all artist in all mediums. Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Info,


Local Food At The Regatta


TASTE OF THE REGATTA – 6 p.m. Taste the products of local producers before the canoe regatta. General Clinton Canoe Regatta Park, Bainbridge. Info,!event/2017/5/26/2nd-annual-taste-of-regatta

OPENING RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening “8×10: Recent Paintings by Edward McDaniel, Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Fine Arts Exhibition, and the 26th Annual Essential Art Regional Juried Art show. Cooperstown Art Association. Info,

Again, Ommegang Tops, This Time In ‘Taste NY’

Again, Ommegang Tops,

This Time In ‘Taste NY’

Three Philosophers Shines In State Contest
Governor Cuomo and Taste NY Judge Mario Batali toast with a glass of Three Philosophers as Ommegang was announced last evening as one of two statewide winners. (courtesy Governor’s Office)

COOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang tied with Roscoe Beer Co. of Delaware County in a blind taste test featuring the five breweries that received the most online votes in the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge.

Governor Cuomo announced the grand winners Wednesday evening at Pier A on Battery Place in Manhattan.

The rest of the top five were Genesee Brewing, Rochester, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn, and Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood.

All of the finalists in the call-in contest that preceded the blind taste test were from Upstate New York, a fact not lost on, which headlined its story, “New York City Snubbed in Beer Taste Challenge.”

Chilly Weather Can’t Stop Snommegang

Snommegang Chilly Indeed

In Downtown Oneonta Tents

Brewery Ommegang’s annual Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival in downtown Oneonta Saturday certainly lived up to its name,, as flurries filled the air and blustery winds pushed the wind chill into the negative digits. But that didn’t keep attendees Kim, Ken and Nick Byrne, who traveled from Burlington, Conn., from sampling many selections of beer from around the country. The event featured live music, food, and over 30 brewers, occupied five tents along Main Street. (Ian Austin/
Senator, Commissioner of Agriculture Tour Ommegang Expansion

Seward, Ag Commissioner

Tour Ommegang Expansion

Richard Ball, state commissioner of Agriculture & Markets, left, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, tour the new expansion at Brewery  Ommegang with Doug Campbell, right, brewery president.  “The new construction will be for a grain-handling area.” explained Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “The room will be totally dry, so we will be able to process grains and yeast faster.”  Hops growing Upstate has been growing steadily in the last several years, beneficial to both businesses like Ommegang and farmers, Ball said. “The market is growing so fast.” he said. “It is a good day when we can celebrate the growth of a business that is putting out a good product.” (Ian Austin/



Former Ommegang President

To Lead Largest Independent

Simon Thorpe, in a photo that accompanied a profile on his career done by
Simon Thorpe, in a photo that accompanied a profile on his career done by

COOPERSTOWN – Pabst Brewing Company, America’s largest independent brewer, announced today it has named former Brewery Ommegang President Simon Thorpe as chief executive officer, effective tomorrow, Dec. 1.

Eugene Kashper, current Chairman and CEO, will remain full-time chairman of the board and continue to play an active role in the business. There will be a 60-day transition period between Kashper and Thorpe to ensure a smooth handover.

“We are thrilled to have Simon join the Pabst team,” said Eugene. “He is both a true beer industry visionary and a highly respected operator. I have no doubt that Simon’s breadth of experience and proven leadership capabilities will enable us to realize our ambition to become a best-in-class beer supplier and a truly great American brewing company.”

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