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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 338

The featured beer painting of the day is of Hop House Pale Ale by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. This is one of my favorite breweries of all time, and this beer was one of the tastiest that I sampled at the brewery. We get a few Ommegang offerings here in Anchorage, but not special ones like this dry-hopped pale ale, which came home with me in my luggage. This Belgian pale ale is pretty hoppy, but is not quite a Belgian IPA. There are only a few beers that compare to this one, and I think the brewery that bought Ommegang, Duvel Brewery, took a few notes on hops when visiting Cooperstown, because the Duvel Tripel Hop has a similar flavor and aroma. The Ommegang campus is on an old hop farm that was destroyed during the east coast hop blight in the early 1900s. Now there is just a small hop farm at Ommegang that is used primarily for research. Hopefully, the east coast hop industry will grow to the same level as in the good old days. Here’s “hop”ing that it all comes together. I had such a great experience when I was at Ommegang. There was great food, and I felt like I was in a special beer paradise. This beer is delicious, so buy yourself a four-pack, if you get a chance.

Cheers to the Hop House! May Ommegang’s hop yard rise again like a phoenix regaining its strength. I hope for the best for this amazing Belgian-style American brewery!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or request a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of hop house pale ale by brewery ommegang year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.04. Hop House Pale Ale by Brewery Ommegang. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 319

The featured beer painting of the day is of the Rare Vos Amber Ale by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. Rare Vos was the first Ommegang beer I had ever tasted several years ago, and I was hooked from the beginning, so I chose to paint this one. Ommegang opened in 1997 just when craft beer was still in the infancy stage in America. All craft breweries should look to this one as an example of how the business side should be handled. Steve Body just reamed 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, Oregon for selling out to InBev, the world’s largest beer producer. Ommegang, on the other hand, was more discreet in choosing a larger investor. The brewery was purchased by Duvel Moortgat, the leading producer of Belgian beer worldwide, and also one of the best large craft breweries. Most people didn’t seem to notice the change in ownership. Here is an example of how to expand without losing creative control. This brewery uses its facilities to host some of the best events such as a cyclocross race, and an amazing music fest, pairing two fun things to make memories that last!

Let me tell you how awesome it is to arrive to Brewery Ommegang. First, you will see beautifully crafted signs guiding you for the last few miles of rolling hills in a rural section of beautiful upstate New York. Then, you come upon a wonderful arched farmstead crafted after Belgian farmhouse breweries, and you feel like you are entering into a beer wonderland. The tanks glisten, and the rampant lion and diamond crest identifies the place as distinctly Ommegang. When you walk into the gift shop you have two options, to enter the tasting room, or the café. Yes, that’s right, you can get amazing food at this brewery. Allison Capozza, the Publicity Manager, was very welcoming and made my visit and live painting session pleasant! I painted for about two hours while munching on complementary French fries, beef wellington bites, and cookies, and savoring tasters of every beer available in the tasting room. Thank you for making me feel so welcome!

Rare Vos is a perfect Belgian amber ale. It has an overall rating of 91 on Beer Advocate, but rates a 98 by the bros. I suggest buying a bottle of the Rare Vos to check it out for yourself. The pop of the cork, and the aroma of this sweet, malty beer will have you from the beginning. Go ahead and buy a case, as this beer ages well, mellowing over the years.

Cheers to Brewery Ommegang! I always buy your beer for a celebration! Thanks again for being such wonderful hosts, and for distributing your beer all the way to Alaska. I will always remember my visit whenever I pop the cork from one of your bottles!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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beer painting of rare vos by brewery ommegang year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.15. Rare Vos Amber Ale by Brewery Ommegang. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.