Last year, the brewery planted hops vines in initial steps in a project to re-establish local production and harvests, Thorpe said, and the effort is in cooperation with Cornell University. Meanwhile, new ales are being developed, he said.
Beer production in 2009 was about 30,000 barrels, Thorpe said.
Allison Capozza, publicity manager, said the brewery estimates production this year at 50,000 barrels, which equals about 16.5 million 12-ounce bottles of beer.
Brewery Ommegang is sold in 44 states, with the biggest markets in California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and New York, Thorpe said, and some marketing is conducted in Europe through its parent company, Duvel Moortgat.
Patricia Szarpa, executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, said during Friday’s gathering that Brewery Ommegang doesn’t hesitate to step up to the plate to support the community. The company has “amazing employees,” she said, and an “amazing story.”