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!