Snommegang to return to Oneonta

The Snommegang Invitational Beer Festival will be returning to Main Street, Oneonta, on Saturday, and the second staging of the event promises to bring more breweries, more bands and more beers than before.

“We thought that it was an excellent event,” said John Tuchowski, events coordinator at Brewery Ommegang. “We had a really large impact in the community.”

Tuchowski said that last year’s festival, which featured 25 different breweries, resulted in a number of Oneonta restaurants being packed.

“We had a lot of people contacting us making sure that we were doing the event again this year,” Tuchowski said.

Snommegang will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Main Street will be closed off for the occasion. 

Tuchowski said that this year’s festival would feature at least 30 different breweries and at least 65 different beers, with each participating brewery offering at least two beers. Some of the breweries that will be appearing at the festival will be Davidson Brothers Brewing Company, out of Glen Falls, Goose Island Beer Company, from Chicago, and Stone Brewing Co., from California. 

All independent breweries at Snommegang will be attending at the invitation of Brewery Ommegang.

“Some of them are some personal favorites,” Tuchowski said.

Tuchowski said that the international element of the festival will largely come from Belgium, although, “We also may have a couple other surprises from other countries as well.”

The beer tasting will be spread out across three different tents, one that will be located in front of The Red Caboose Restaurant & Bar, one that will be located in front of the Black Oak Tavern and Roots Brewing Company and one that will be located in front of The Red Jug Pub.

Advance tickets to the tasting portion of Snommegang are $50. Day-of tickets are $55, although those 21 and older with a valid student ID will be able to purchase day-of tickets for $40. Tickets entitle the bearer to tastings in all three tents.

On the music side, The Revenuers will be playing in the tent in front of the Black Oak Tavern. Additionally, there will be a music tent on Muller Plaza, admission into which will be free and open to the public. The Ruddy Wells Band, a folk-rock band out of Syracuse, The Mopar Cams, a rockabilly band from Oneonta and Bella’s Bartok, a punk-folk band from Northampton, Mass., will be playing in the Muller Plaza tent.

Audi Oneonta is Snommegang’s sole sponsor this year, and Tuchowski said that a number of Audis would be on display at the festival.

After Snommegang concludes, there will be an official after-party, spread out across three Oneonta establishments, featuring performances from additional bands. 

Presented by Sentient Productions, the after-party will start at 6 p.m. and consist of performances by Sludge Factory, Stone Temple Co-Pilots and My Poor Brain at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, a performance by Ryan Homell’s Optical Shop at the b side ballroom & supper club and a performance at the Black Oak Tavern by Kayla and The Tellers followed by a performance from The Spectacular Average Boys.

Tickets to the Foothills show will be $15, while tickets to both the b side ballroom show and The Black Oak Tavern shows are $5 each. A $20 wristband grants access to performances at all three venues. Tickets and wristbands will be available on the day of the event at Snommegang and at all three venues.

Snommegang will also feature $10 designated driver tickets and taxis will be available at the Westcott Parking Lot from All Star Taxi.

More information about Snommegang can be found at www.ommegang.com/blog/snommegang.