Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY and Beekman 1802 farm and mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY have taken seats at the table together to collaborate on a variety of projects this year, including two new beers.
The companies, who enjoy a shared sense of a dedication to their craft and to the artisanal farmstead, are excited to share those values with neighbors as they introduce this series of products and events.
”We are very much enjoying working with Beekman 1802,” said Ommegang president Doug Campbell. “It’s always a rewarding experience to sit down with a neighbor with whom one clearly has a strong shared sense of purpose and place. When our two teams first sat down, the conversation was so natural and effortless. We look forward to our upcoming projects this summer and beyond.”
The collaboration begins with beer, with a pair of recipes that Ommegang and Beekman developed for a Goat Milk Stout and a Pale Ale. Fans had the opportunity to sample and vote on the beer that they like best at the Beekman Garden Party on May 26-27 in Sharon Springs, and there will be additional sampling and voting opportunities this summer at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown on August 4-5 in Cooperstown. Ommegang will brew the beer in August for sampling and sale at the Beekman 1802 Harvest Festival on September 15-16 in Sharon Springs, and for distribution throughout the eastern states.
“We have always believed that our company would and should only succeed if we can bring others along with us,” says Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, founders of Beekman 1802. “We are excited to be working with our neighbors at Ommegang to show the best of what upstate NY produces.”
At Ommegang’s legendary Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, Friday night’s VIP dinner will feature an experience inspired by the Beekman Boys’ new cookbook, A Seat at the Table, featuring products from their delicious artisanal food line, expertly paired with Ommegang beers.
Saturday’s beer festival activities will include the Beekman 1802 Artisan Ommegang, a village featuring artists selling their handcrafted wares to attendees. Vendor fees collected for the Beekman 1802 Artisan Ommegang will be distributed at the event in a pair of cash grants by Beekman 1802. A portion of the fees will go to an established artist to further their business, and a portion will be awarded to a new artist selected by Beekman 1802 co-founders Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who will feature that artist at the Beekman 1802 mercantile in Sharon Springs.
Beekman 1802 currently offers a trio of beer jelly featuring Ommegang’s Abbey Ale Dubbel, Hennepin Saison, and Three Philosopher’s Quadrupel, which all pair superbly with Beekman’s fine cheeses and Ommegang’s beers.
Founded in 1997 on the site of an old hop farm near Cooperstown, NY, Brewery Ommegang brews imaginative beers in a wide variety of styles, with particular emphasis on Belgian brewing traditions.