14 January 2011

WILK Friday BeerBuzz–14 Jan 2011 (Ommegang Hennepin)


Back in Aug 2010, the Friday BeerBuzz team helped me sample a beer that has become one of our all-time favorite show beers.  This beer was called Three Philosophers and it came to us from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY…so I was very excited today to not only sample another Ommegang beer, but also to welcome their Brewmaster Phil Leinhart on to the show.  Phil is not only a part of the team that is responsible for the great brews coming out of Ommegang, but he also has some local roots.  Many moons ago Phil Leinhart was actually an Assistant Brewmaster for our very own Lion Brewery (as well as brewing at AB, Paulaner and Harpoon).

I think it’s always fun to have a great guest on the show, but when you pair that guest up with a great beer, it’s even more fun.  Today Phil helped us sample Ommegang Hennepin.  This is the first Saison/Farmhouse style beer we’ve sampled on the show and considering it’s one of my favorite styles, I’m amazed we waited so long.  Hennepin is a classic Saison with fresh citrusy hops, traditional Belgian yeast flavors and a subtle peppery finish.  A great beer and a great guest to be sure. 

Phil also gave us the inside scoop on the brewery renovations going on at Ommegang and the upcoming release of the D’Achouffe/Ommegang co-brewed Gnomegang—coming in April…so stay tuned here for more details.

Be sure to try Ommegang Hennepin for yourself! 


to  Phil,  John, Nancy (we miss you), Karel (thank you for filming today), Joe (Happy Birthday) & Bosco for yet another fun Friday. 

The Friday Beerbuzz…bringing good beers and good people together

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday Beerbuzz page by clicking HERE


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