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Cooperstown's Best Fall Beverages

Move over, pumpkin spice.

Cooperstown/Otsego County, NY is home to some amazing craft beverage-makers, and their fall drink game is oh-so-strong. Does the thought of fresh-pressed apple cider make you thirsty? Head to Cooperstown and try some of our favorites.

Cider (not the hard stuff)

Cooperstown has several family-owned cider mills, where they turn New York state's great apples into even better cider. Check out Willy's Farm and Cider Mill for apple deliciousness, pies, pumpkins, and a corn maze. Head to Dyn's, where they custom press apples, sell New York state cheese and maple syrup, and serve Sunday breakfast and Wednesday dinner. Watch old-fashioned cider making at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, and pick up a bag of mulling spice to make your house smell like the essence of autumn.

Cider (the hard stuff)

Brewery Ommegang, well known for its Belgian-style beer, teamed up with Albany-based Nine Pin Cider Works to create The Lion's Share, a hard cider that's fermented with Ommegang's Belgian yeast. This tasty fall treat is only sold at Brewery Ommegang and Nine Pin Cider Works, so pick some up to take home!

Beer and wine

There are so many great wineries and breweries in Cooperstown/Otsego County, it's tough to know where to start. Try the Vienna Lager from Council Rock Brewery, the  Amber Ale and limited edition Induction Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company, and Brewery Ommegang's Gnomegang. Prefer wine? Check out Three Hamlets dry red from Pail Shop Vineyards is a must try, as is the Untamed White of Rustic Ridge Winery. And, don't forget Fly Creek Cider Mill's apple and iced wines for a sweet treat.

Wassail

Ok, so technically this is a holiday drink, but we think there's no harm in making wassail once the weather gets chilly. There are a lot of variations on this medieval drink, but the basic recipe calls apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, and every fall spice you can think of. Learn how to make your own during one of the wassailing weekends at The Farmers' Museum. Want to turn it into a cocktail? Add some rum or bourbon at home.

Fan Favorites for Beer + Wine: Things to Do

Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum
There’s nothing like a beautiful summer day at the Fenimore. Take in the museum’s variety of permanent and rotating exhibitions, step outside into the sunshine among their beautiful, spacious grounds along the shores of Otsego Lake, and enjoy a light lunch with a glass of wine or a locally brewed beer from the Fenimore Café, proudly serving local beverages and foods from the Cooperstown area.
Location: Cooperstown
Brewery Ommegang
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
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

Fan Favorites for Beer + Wine: Places to Stay

Cooper Inn
Cooper Inn
Visit Cooperstown to tour the area’s wonderful offerings for beverage connoisseurs and stay at the Cooper Inn. Located in the heart of Cooperstown, the Cooper Inn is close to Cooperstown’s top beer, wine and spirits attractions, including Brewery Ommegang, the Cooperstown Distillery and Fly Creek Cider Mill. After a day of tasting local beers, wines and spirits, return for a relaxing evening at the Cooper Inn, or stroll into town to a nearby restaurant with local beers on tap.
Location: Cooperstown
CooperstownLuxury.com
CooperstownLuxury.com
After a trip along the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, collect bottles of your favorites wines, brews, and ciders to enjoy in the comfort of your private vacation rental from Cooperstown Luxury. With properties that can sleep two or twenty, treat yourself to some of the most gorgeous views in Otsego County, and take advantage of amenities such as private docks, private pools, hot tubs, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, private chefs and in-house massage.
Best Western Inn and Suites
Best Western Inn and Suites
Stay at the Best Western Plus in Cooperstown during a visit and know that you’ll be close to all of the area’s breweries, wineries and distilleries, perfect for days of tasting and sampling delicious, locally made products from around the region. After a fun day along your own beverage trail, walk to nearby restaurants and enjoy your favorite brew from your samplings earlier in the day.
Location: Cooperstown
The Inn At Cooperstown
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: Cooperstown