Sunday, January 31, 2010

More Ommegang

Ommegang promises new stuff every two months

January 17th, 2010 | Posted by Stan Hieronymus
Brewery Ommegang’s plan for 2010 includes six new releases as well as creations that will be available only at the brewery outside Cooperstown, New York.
A press release calls this the 2010 Innovation Program and backs up the rather bold name. Six beers will be released, one every two months. They’ll be in 750ml bottles and also available on draft.
Jan.-Feb. 2010: Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout. Very slightly revised for the 2010 edition. In release.
March-April: Ommegang BPA (Belgian-style Pale Ale). 5.8% abv. 5 malts, 2 hops, and dry-hopped. Citrus & tropical fruit aromatics.
May-June: Ommegang Tripel (name not yet confirmed). Around 9%, spiced, in the test brew stages now.
July-Aug.: Ommegang Sour Ale. Around 6% ABV. Oud Bruin style beer made in collaboration with Liefmans of Belgium. Name TBD.
Sept.-Oct.: Ommegang Scotch Ale. A new Belgo-Scotch mash up. ABV, name and even recipe still to be confirmed.
Nov.-Dec.: Ommegang Adoration. Still 10% ABV, still malty, still big and spicy. But may be tweaked a bit.
Part two of this Innovation Program is the Exclusive Beer initiative. These are even more experimental small-batch beers which will be available only at the brewery. They will not be for sale. These are essentially pilot batches, available for “sampling” and enjoying at Ommegang. The first beer, a Belgian-ish porter, called “Porter, Sorter” is warm-cellaring as of week two of January, and should be released before the end of the month.
Ommegang also is aging several of its high-gravity beers in oak bourbon barrels, for further experiments and tasting.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Evans Public House gets New Chef

Announcing New Chef Chris Hawley:
Evans Public House is proud to introduce our new chef, Chris Hawley. Chris comes to Evans after three years as a sauté chef at Provence. He  worked part time with Brenda and Gary Evans for 3 years at Pinehaven Country Club before deciding to take on a full time chef position at Evans Public House. Chris is a highly skilled professional with more than 20 years of experience and training in every aspect of the kitchen. He achieved these skills and knowledge through apprenticing under great chefs around the area, refining his practice and discovering his passion and potential in the culinary arts field. Chris got his start at the Parc 5 Café, and has also worked for highly respected establishments such as Milano, Butcher Block, and McGeary’s. Chris’ experiences at these establishments have allowed him to master all of the culinary arts from food preparation to sauté. With a passionate determination, Chris continues to hone his skills and style, which have allowed him to separate himself from other chefs around the area. He plans to incorporate his techniques, experience, and creativity into the menu at Evans. Chris takes pride in his work and feels rewarded by the satisfaction customers obtain from indulging in his delectable meal presentations.  He has embraced every learning experience and situation throughout his career and is looking forward to continuing the high standard of culinary expertise and customer satisfaction that Evans Public House has always maintained. We encourage you to visit us and enjoy the Evans Public House experience.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Belgium May Run Out of Beer Amid AB InBev Strike

Shops are set to run out of best-selling brands like Stella Artois, Leffe and Jupiler because workers at Anheuser-Busch InBev [BUD 50.60  -1.28  (-2.47%)] have blocked breweries, protesting against layoffs.
Supermarkets in the country are running low on stocks of the popular beers and smaller shops have already run out, the beer maker said.
The world's largest brewer last week announced plans to make around 10 percent of its staff in Western Europe redundant after years of declining beer consumption in the region.
 AB InBev protest
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Workers of AB InBev stand on a picket line as they strike outside the InBev Brewery in Leuven, Belgium.

AB InBev plans to cut more than 300 staff members in Belgium and Germany, where it employs 2,700 and 3,000 people respectively. Jobs will also be shed in France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Britain.
The company said the cuts are necessary because beer consumption has fallen 20 percent in Belgium since 2000, according to the Telegraph.
Angered by the job losses, union members took 10 managers hostage at the group's Jupille brewery in eastern Belgium last Thursday, but the executives were released unharmed the following day, according to the newspaper.
Employees have been protesting outside plants in Leuven – where Stella Artois is brewed – as well as factories in Hoegaarden and Jupille for the last week.
Despite winning a court ruling to end the blockade in Leuven on Friday, the company is not seeking to enforce the order for now, Reuters said.
It does reportedly have the legal right to break the blockades by force but wants to avoid that for now.
A union official said a move would trigger a strike by all Anheuser-Busch InBev's workers in Belgium.
Staff can go into the breweries but the blockades at the gates mean production has all but ground to a halt because of the difficulty in getting supplies in.
AB InBev was created in 2008 when InBev bought the Budweiser maker to become the world's biggest brewery. Since then the company has been cutting costs to reduce its debts.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Brewery Ommegang gets bigger

- ( - Brewery Ommegang is beginning another expansion of its facility to keep up with demand for its Belgian beers.

The first phase of the $1.8 million project will include the construction of an 8,000 square foot warehouse. Currently Ommegang has to warehouse its products off-site in New Jersey and California. The new warehouse will also provide additional warm cellaring space for the bottle conditioning and will free up space for production.

Recently, the demand has been so high for Ommegang's beers that for a time it was being brewed in Belgium and shipped to the United States.

The next phase of the expansion will see the creation of a new bottling hall, store, restaurant and office space.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Go Jeremy

Jeremy at Westmere Beverage has put up a nice helpful blog for new arrivals and whats on draft at the store.

Comment if you think Jeremy should put an available keg list on the blog. 

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