A thousand thirsty brew connoisseurs attended the festival put on by Brewery Ommegang out of Cooperstown. 26 of the breweries gave out samples of over 60 beers in two large tents on Main St. while live bands entertained the crowds from a music tent.
The president and CEO of Ommegang, Simon Thorpe, said it was a fitting celebration of the craft beer renaissance underway in Upstate New York. He says that Snommegang gives the community a reason to come together in the winter and have some fun.
"It's really important always to be your home town brewery, we pride ourselves on that. This place is very special to us. There's some magic up here in upstate New York, and it makes us way into our beer and it's part of who we are and part of what are beers are," said Thorpe.
There was also a merchandise tent and Belgian waffles for sale. Ommegang plans to make it an annual event.
The next big beer festival at the brewery is called Belgium Comes to Cooperstown and takes place August 8th through the 10th. Tickets for BCTC go on sale April 1st.
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