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>p PRODUCERS Brewery Ommegang Belgian Beauty Brewery Ommegang focuses on making elite Belgian-style ales while taking advantage of the expanding market for craft beers. By Jim Harris company profile Brewery Ommegang Revenues: $33 million Headquarters: Cooperstown, N.Y. Employees: 83 Specialty: Belgian-style craft beers Simon Thorpe, president: “Every decision here is about how can we maintain the elite quality of our beers.” Each summer, Brewery Ommegang is home to “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown,” a Belgian-style beer festival. E xpanding a business into new markets while keeping a close eye on product quality can be a tricky proposition for many in the food industry. This is especially challenging for those who stake their reputation on having a product known among connoisseurs for its taste and high quality. Brewery Ommegang is meeting the challenge of widening its reach and increasing its production without sacrificing any of the elements that make its craft Belgian-style beers unique. “As we look at the potential of taking on new business, we’re also conscious that we want to be special,” says Simon Thorpe, president of the Cooperstown, N.Y.-based craft brewery. “We don’t want to be ubiquitous or have our beer everywhere – every decision here is about how can we maintain the elite quality of our beers.” Established in 1997, Brewery Ommegang specializes in Belgian-style ales with an American twist. The company has six regular brands: • BPA, a Belgian-style pale ale with notes of citrus and tropical fruits; • Witte, a traditional-style wheat ale; • Rare Vos, a mellow, fruity and spicy amber ale; • Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, a rustic blonde ale with spices; • Abbey Ale, a spice dubbel ale; and • Three Philosophers, a quadruple ale blended with aged cherry kriek. In addition, the brewery produces seasonal and limited-release beers. “Part of what we want to do here is have the most perfect examples of brewers’ art and experiment with new ideas,” he adds. Since 2002, the company has been fully owned by parent company DuvelMoortgat, a fourth-generation Belgian brewery established in 1871. DuvelMoortgat’s ownership of Ommegang greatly added to its importing capabili- 124 food & drink • fall/winter 2012 • <<

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012