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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26

Local Food At The Regatta

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TASTE OF THE REGATTA – 6 p.m. Taste the products of local producers before the canoe regatta. General Clinton Canoe Regatta Park, Bainbridge. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!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, www.cooperstownart.com

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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 amny.com, which headlined its story, “New York City Snubbed in Beer Taste Challenge.”

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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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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SIMON THORPE NEW PABST CEO

SIMON THORPE

NEW PABST CEO

Former Ommegang President

To Lead Largest Independent

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

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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Ommegang CEO Campbell Briefs Lieutenant Governor
HOCHUL STOPS ON UPSTATE SWING

Ommegang CEO Campbell

Briefs Lieutenant Governor

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discusses Ommegang's plans and products with brewery President Doug Campbell during a noontime stop at the Town of Middlefield plant this morning, part of an Upstate swings that would take her to Buffalo by day's end. At left is Phil Leinhart, Ommegang's internationally recognized brewer. Campbell gave Hochul a tour of the brewing and bottling operation, including a discussing of the new malt house, ending up in the gift shop. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discusses Ommegang’s plans and products with brewery President Doug Campbell, center, during a noontime stop at the Town of Middlefield plant today.  Hochul was on an Upstate swing that would take her to Buffalo by day’s end. At left is Phil Leinhart, Ommegang’s internationally recognized brewer. Campbell gave Hochul a tour of the brewing and bottling operations, including discussing of the new malt house, and ended up in the gift shop. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Ommegang, Anchor Brewery Joust Over MLB Wild Card

Ommegang, Anchor Brewery

Joust Over MLB Wild Card

brewery-ommegang-logoanchor-brewing-logoCOOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang and Anchor Brewing in San Francisco have agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of tonight’s MLB National League Wild Card game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants.

Sporting blue and orange, Ommegang President Doug Campbell this morning challenged Anchor’s President Matt Davenport on Twitter. Matt accepted, terms were drawn up, and a tweet-handshake sealed the deal.

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Simon Thorpe Leaves Duvel

Simon Thorpe

Leaves Duvel

He Played Key Role Locally

As President Of Ommegang

Simon Thorpe
Simon Thorpe

COOPERSTOWN – Duvel Moortgat USA today announced that Simon Thorpe, its president and former president of Brewery Ommegang, plans to leave the company at the end of August.

He will be succeeded by Jeff Krum, who joined Duvel when it acquired Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City, where Krum had been CFO.

“We are grateful for Simon’s strong leadership, and wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” said Michel Moortgat, CEO of Belgium-based Duvel Moortgat NV.

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Craft Producers Collaborate On Beer, Cider Combination
Ommegang + Nine Pin Cider

Craft Producers Collaborate

On Beer, Cider Combination

Publicity shot of Nine Pin cider's 12-ounce cans.
Publicity shot of Lion Share’s 12-ounce cans.

Nine Pin Cider Works, New York’s first farm cidery, based in Albany, and Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang today announced their first collaboration: The Lion’s Share.

Nine Pin is blend of apples from Samascott Orchards in Columbia County, fermented in Ommegang’s proprietary yeast into a Belgian-style cider.

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OMMEGANG NAMED BEST IN THE WORLD

OMMEGANG NAMED

BEST IN THE WORLD

logo@1x copyCOOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang was named the Champion Brewery for mid-size companies at the 2016 World Beer Cup competition, highlight of the Craft Brewers Conference & Beer Expo America in Philadelphia last week.

It also was recognized for best brewmaster for companies its size, and won three individual beer awards

The brewery won a gold medal for its newest beer, Rosetta, in the Belgian-style fruit beer category, a bronze for Three Philosophers in the Belgian-style dubbel and quadrupel category, and a bronze for Gnomegang in the Belgian-style tripel category at the World Beer Cup’s biennial awards ceremony last Friday.

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