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.