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Craft beer, local wines and ciders, and farm-to-table cuisine. What's not to love?

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Once of the country's top producer of hops, Cooperstown and Otsego County have a long history of craft beverages to share.

Cooperstown and Otsego County was once the epicenter of hops production in the United States, producing more than three million pounds of hops annually at its peak. Therefore, it is only fitting that craft brews are still a cornerstone of the local culture. While major hops production halted in the early 20th century, local breweries are revitalizing the industry and continuing the region's rich legacy.

Brewery Ommegang, located on a beautiful 136-acre farmstead just minutes from downtown Cooperstown, brews an impressive collection of award-winning year-round, seasonal, and specialty Belgian-style ales. Enjoy a free tour the facility before heading to Café Ommegang for a tasting flight, accompanied by authentic Flemish cuisine such as waffles and frites!

Ommegang's summer concert series is also the perfect way to see your favorite performers in a beautiful outdoor setting. The sloping lawn behind the brew house means there's no such thing as a bad seat. Dance up close or set a chair on the hill and relax with an Ommegang brew and a treat from one of the local food trucks.

At Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard, a turn-of-the-century, water-powered mill still presses fresh cider daily. Some of that cider is then crafted into traditionally-inspired apple wines and hard ciders at the Farm Winery. Stop in to try the ciders and wines in The Mill Store Marketplace and you will also find samples of salsas, preserves, cheese, fresh-baked goodies and homemade fudge.

To experience a little bit of everything, make your way along the Cooperstown Beverage Trail. With four breweries, three wineries, a historic cider mill and a new distillery on the map, you can spend a whole day tasting your way through Otsego County. Tours and samples are available at Butternuts Beer & Ale, Rustic Ridge Winery, Cooperstown Distillery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Pail Shop Vineyards, Bear Pond Winery and more!

To experience a different kind of distilling, visit Kingfisher Lavender in July. While the pale purple fields and soothing aroma are breathtaking at any time, July is peak lavender season and the perfect time to distill the delicate flowers into hydrosol and oils. Take home an oil sample or a bunch of dried lavender and continue to enjoy the aroma long after you're gone.

When your stomach starts to growl, make your way to Origins at Carefree Gardens. This café on wheels serves a delicious, locally-sourced menu in the warm and inviting atmosphere of an active greenhouse. Stop by for Sunday brunch to enjoy a live jazz performance, or reserve your place at a Wednesday night Harvest Dinner.

For the true local experience, don't miss the Cooperstown Farmers' Market, open Saturdays year-round and Tuesday afternoons in July and August. A popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike, you can find an eclectic mix of shopping, fresh foods and local beverages and will meet the farmers and artisans that make Cooperstown and Otsego County such a special place to live.

Fan Favorites for Beverages: Things to Do

Brewery Ommegang

One of the nation's top breweries, Ommegang has a proud tradition of producing Belgian-style beers that will transport you straight to Flanders. Offering an excellent, educational brewery tour, on-site dining at Café Ommegang with a menu that serves up Belgian fare like frites and aioli, Belgian waffles, and crêpes, and a variety of wares and beer at the Ommegang Store, Ommegang is pretty much a beer lovers' paradise in the heart of Central New York, and a must-visit during a trip to Cooperstown.

Location: Cooperstown

Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard

Located in Fly Creek just outside of Cooperstown, Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is celebrating its 160th season in 2016 and offers visitors a chance to sample over 40 specialty foods and beverages at its Mill Store Marketplace. Fly Creek's beverage offerings span beyond their famous apple cider to hard ciders, a variety of apple wines made at the on-site Farm Winery, and their smooth 1856 Vodka. Pair your favorite beverage with the mill's delicious sharp cheddar cheese or other tasty treats to take home after a visit.

Location: Fly Creek
Cooperstown Farmers' Market

The Cooperstown Farmers' Market is open year-round and celebrates the region's varied bounty of foods, beverages, and more. In total, around 30 vendors participate, coming from within a 50-mile distance to showcase the best of the area's local produce, dairy, meat, poultry, baked goods, wine and spirits. With live musical performances at their Saturday markets, visitors will discover that this is not your average Farmers' Market.

Location: Cooperstown
Kingfisher Lavender

Kingfisher Lavender is a small boutique lavender farm located a few miles from Cooperstown, NY.

Location: Cooperstown
Leatherstocking Golf Course

The 18-hole championship Otesaga's Leatherstocking Golf Course will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Featuring natural contour terrain that sweeps along the western shoreline of Lake Otsego with views from various elevations, guests are assured of a great golfing experience.

Location: Cooperstown
Origins at Carefree Gardens

Origins is a place to gather and celebrate wholesome, local harvest. Experience the talent of local food producers and enjoy the inspirational atmosphere in the greenhouse cafe.

Location: Cooperstown
Cooperstown Beverage Trail

New York's first official cuisine trail invites you to explore Cooperstown and Otsego County's rich history in the art of beverage making while tasting the area's numerous beers, wines, spirits and ciders.

Location: Fly Creek
Fan Favorites for Beverages: Places to Stay

The Inn At Cooperstown

The ultimate lodging option for beer and libation lovers in Cooperstown, the Inn at Cooperstown offers a variety of beer and beverage-themed packages throughout the year. From the Bed & Brew with Brewery Ommegang, which includes a VIP tour of the brewery and a special beer and food pairing dinner, to the Lodging & Libations Package with the Cooperstown Distillery – whether beer or spirits are your passion, the inn has a package just for you at its killer central location in Cooperstown.

Location: Oneonta
Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins & Campsites

Close to Cooperstown, this 276-acre campground offers tent sites; RV campsites with water, electric, and sewer services; one- and two-bedroom log cabin trailers; camping cabins; bunkrooms that can

Location: Milford