In the early 1800s, the countryside surrounding Cooperstown, NY became a major source of hops for brewers throughout North America. While German and English hops were still in demand, hops grown in central New York were considered the best in the country and the equal of those grown anywhere in the world. It is on the grounds of a former New York hop farm that Ommegang Brewery decided to build nearly 200 years later. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will celebrate Ommegang’s outstanding brews with beer dinners at both Jacksonville locations on Monday, May 11, 2015.
In 1997, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield, owners of the successful Vanberg & DeWulf beer importing company, along with three family owned breweries in Belgium including Duvel Morrtgat founded Ommeegang on 136 acres site in the Susqehanna River Valley just outside of Cooperstown. The facility, which resembles a traditional Belgian farmhouse, was purpose-built to brew the company’s signature Belgian-style ales in an authentic setting.
In 2003, the brewery was sold and folded in to the portfolio of Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, the world-famous brewers of Duvel Golden Ale. Under the expert guidance of Duvel, the Ommegagng Brewery has grown by leaps and bounds. By early 2005, production could not meet demand so production capacity was increased by 40 percent over the next year.
Today Ommegang is a respected brewery that produces beers that are consistently rated at the top of beer listings. By way of example, the brewery’s Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale garners a near perfect 99 out of 100 points on RateBeer.com. The score is even more remarkable since one of the world’s most famous Quads, Westvleteran VII an Abbey-made brew, scores just one point more on the same site.
For beer-lovers who would like to try several of Ommegang’s brews paired with a delicious meals, BJ’s offers and excellent opportunity. The beer list and menu reads like a dream and is sure to drive the dinner to be a sell-out. The evening consists of eight Ommegang brews paired with four courses.
Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison paired with Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Ommegang Hop House Pale Ale
Nit Wit® paired with NEW The Spicy Pig Tavern-Cut Pizza
Ommegang Gnomegang Blonde Ale
Game of Thrones Valor Morghulis paired with Baby Back Pork Ribs and White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
Ommegang Abbey Dubbel Ale
Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale paired with Salted Caramel Pizookie®
After Dinner Beer:
Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadruple Ale
Tickets are available at the link below and are discounted to $35 for guests that pre-register. Day-of-event tickets are $40.
BJ’s is located at: 4907 Gate Parkway and 15022 Max Leggett Parkway in Jacksonville.