Cooperstown is not only synonymous with baseball, it boasts some of the best beer in the region! In fact, Cooperstown is home to a number of breweries, wineries, and distilleries that produce world-class beer, wine, and spirits. To showcase the best that Otsego County and Central New York has to offer, the Cooperstown Beverage Trail takes you on a hops-infused excursion where you can sample brews and bites from the best of the best.
We've narrowed down our picks for the top stops on the trail that you absolutely must visit. To plan your Cooperstown Beverage Trail tour, visit their website for a map and complete list of participants.
Brewery Ommegang | info
Brewery Ommegang has been brewing imaginative craft beers for more than 20 years! They produce nine ales year-round using Belgian brewing traditions as well as a number of seasonal and specialty beers. Their Farmhouse Saison, Hennepin, is a full-bodied golden ale with notes of sweet orange, ginger, and coriander. Hennepin is also the secret ingredient in a number of menu items, including the mouthwatering Hennepin Pot Roast. For Game of Thrones fans, check out their specialty brews in honor of the hit HBO show. View the complete list of beer selections and full menu on their website.
Red Shed Brewery | info
One of the newest additions to the lineup, Red Shed Brewery uses locally grown hops and grains to produce a nice selection of ales, IPA, and stout. We recommend sampling the Sunny Boy IPA, a citrusy beer made entirely with hops grown in NY. The final product yields a refreshing, light finish. Red Shed has tap rooms located in both Cherry Valley and Cooperstown. Visit their website for hours of operation, special events, or to sign up for their newsletter.
Cooperstown Brewing Company | info
If a spring excursion along the Cooperstown Beverage Trail is on your calendar, make sure to include a visit to the Cooperstown Brewing Company when they reopen for the season in April. Cooperstown Brewing Company has been producing premium English-style ales since 1995. While visiting, enjoy a mildly hoppy Old Slugger brewed with traditional English hops while you watch a game. For brewery hours, tour information or upcoming events, check out their website.
Butternuts Beer & Ale | info
Butternut River Valley has been home to this beer gem since 2006. Butternuts Beer & Ale, using small-batch brewing techniques, offers four flagship varieties including an ale, IPA, stout, and Hefeweizen year-round and seasonal drafts using local ingredients. The Moo Stout is an impressive dark, creamy beer with an unusual flavor combination of chocolate malt and lactose. Butternuts Beer & Ale is operated seasonally April through November. You can find brewery details on their website.
Council Rock Brewery | info
Brewer Roger Davidson brews beers inspired by memory. The Scotch Ale was inspired by a trip to Belgium to see his daughter, Emily. To him, it tastes like sitting in Delirium Café in Brussels after an entire day of touring breweries and cathedrals with her. Stop in and taste it for yourself. They also serve a nice menu and are open seven days a week, so plenty of opportunity to grab a pint.
Fenimore Café at Fenimore Art Museum | info
The only thing that makes a pint better is a beautiful view. And that is exactly what you will find on the patio at Fenimore Art Museum. They have a great selection of local brews (and wine) along with a delightful cafe menu. In the summer, the sun beams down and the lake fills the view. It's the perfect lunch stop - and the art is just as lovely as the beer.
Fire Bar & Hawkeye Bar & Grill at The Otesaga | info
The Otesaga is home to two notable bars that showcase a fine selection of regional beers, wine, and spirits. The Fire Bar is a lakeside treat and the perfect place to watch the sunset while imbibing on a local favorite. The Hawkeye Bar & Grill also showcases locally-made draft beer and and an amazing selection for lunch and dinner. We recommend trying their famous Butcher's Burger. Hours of operation change seasonally so be sure to visit their website when planning your trail tour.
Cooperstown Winter Carnival Weekend is February 9th and 10th, 2018. Sip on something chilled courtesy of the Ice Bar, conveniently next to the Fire Bar at The Otesaga. Nibble on handcrafted small plates that celebrate the region.
Now, go out and have some fun! Be sure to share your photos and hashtag them #CooperstownGetAway. And always, please be sure to drink responsibly.