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January 31, 2014

Otsego chamber to honor brewery, lawyer

Oneonta lawyer John Scarzafava and Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown will be honored by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce at its annual dinner in March.

At a media conference scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Brewery Ommegang, chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Ann Heegan is scheduled to announce that the company will be named the NBT Bank Distinguished Business of the Year. Scarzafava, a partner in the Oneonta-based Scarzafava & Basdekis law firm, will receive the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award.

They will receive their honors March 28 at the chamber’s 28th Annual Dinner and Celebration of Business at the the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta.

Heegan said Thursday the media conference will allow Brewery Ommegang employees to join in the celebration. It was the outpouring from the community that led to the firm receiving the award, she said.

“This year we want to celebrate the greatness of Otsego County, and to have a treasure like Brewery Ommegang that is woven into the fabric of our community and recognized across America is a tribute to the entire region,” she said. “That a homegrown business built from the ground up is having a national impact, that truly spells success.”

“Brewery Ommegang is so pleased to receive this honor,” Simon Thorpe, president and chief executive officer of Brewery Ommegang and Duvel USA, said in a media release. “We are honored to include Cooperstown, N.Y., on every bottle of beer we distribute, and to share a little piece of our wonderful community with the country and the world.”

The brewery was founded in Cooperstown in 1997, publicity manager Allison Capozza said Thursday. It has grown from its first beer, today known as Abbey Ale, to six year-round core beers, four seasonals, and an array of specialty and limited edition beers, she said. Duvel USA is the American branch of parent company Duvel Moortgat of Belgium. In the U.S., Duvel owns Brewery Ommegang and Boulevard Brewing.

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