GIFT SHOP, CAFE EXPANDING
COOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang has broken ground on a $2 million expansion of the visitors’ center to better accommodate its nearly 80,000 visitors annually, 40 percent from June to August.
Aiding in the renovation and marketing of the brewery once the renovation is complete is a $525,000 CFA state economic development grant that Ommegang received in December – $375,000 for construction and $150,000 for marketing.
“With this renovation, we will build an onsite experience that is world-class, matching the quality of the experience with the quality of the beer we brew here every day,” said Ommegang President Doug Campbell.
Highlights of the renovation include a new entryway with access to the store, tasting room, and café; additional seating in the café with tables along a windowed wall that looks out onto the patio and brewery ground; additional outdoor seating under an all-weather pavilion; and an expansion of retail store including the addition of a beer cellar to accommodate new small batch limited releases.
The renovations will require the brewery to close the visitors’ center for two days in mid-January and to operate a slightly limited café service for roughly six weeks from early-March to mid-April. The store will remain open, and tours and tastings will still be offered daily throughout the period. The brewery will post updates on the renovations via social media to give sneak peeks on the progress.
Hours for the brewery store and café will remain noon-5 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and noon-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday until the interior work begins.