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A Local's Guide to Craft Beer in Cooperstown

By: Otesaga Resort Hotel / 01 Sep 2020

While the fall season typically brings to mind apples, pumpkins and foliage, there's another great draw for Cooperstown: craft beer. Once the center of hops agriculture, it should come as no surprise that our area is home to several craft breweries. If you're looking for a "beercation" this fall, look no further than Cooperstown, where a stay at our upstate New York hotel puts you a short drive away from award-winning brews and stunning autumn views.

Brewery Ommegang

A visit to this scenic farmstead brewery is the ultimate stop for beer enthusiasts. While Ommegang is known for its world-class brews (including Nirvana IPA, Rare Vos, and Witte) and popular Game of Thrones-inspired beers, their renovated Tap House, with its delicious pub menu, serves up spectacular fall views from the outdoor patio. While brewery tours and tastings are currently suspended because of COVID-19, their Mercantile is open to shop Ommegang apparel, barware, and more.

Red Shed Brewery

A short drive from Brewery Ommegang, Red Shed Brewery's Cooperstown Taproom has a variety of sip-worthy beers to enjoy. With its distinction as a New York State farm brewery, Red Shed uses locally grown hops and grains in their handcrafted ales. Popular beers on tap include Jessica's Red Ale, Otsego Golden Ale, and their Partly Cloudy Session NEIPA. Can't pick just one? Order a flight, featuring your choice of four beers and raise a glass to the local flavor.

Cooperstown Brewing Company

With an impressive lineup of ales, porters, and stouts, Cooperstown Brewing Company proves that baseball and beer go hand in hand. Their taproom in nearby Milford boasts favorites like Old Slugger Pale Ale, Bambino American Amber Ale, and their Benchwarmer Porter. The family-friendly atmosphere at Cooperstown Brewing Company extends to their line of Pop Fly Sodas, perfect if your getaway includes kids.

Wait, There's More...

If you're looking to expand your tastes beyond the pint glass, Pailshop Vineyards and Cooperstown Distillery offer the opportunity to savor more than just Cooperstown's incredible breweries. Pailshop Vineyards offers a variety of red, white, and rosé wines, as well as their popular Painted Pail Red sangria that pairs perfectly with the picturesque view of the Fly Creek valley. Cooperstown Distillery's newly expanded tasting room is within walking distance of The Otesaga, where they offer a behind-the-scenes tour and barrel tasting.

If you enjoy Cooperstown's breweries during your stay at The Otesaga, you'll find many of your favorites on tap or by the bottle at Hawkeye Bar & Grill. Plan your craft beer getaway today, and let the fun and local flavor take flight!

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