Wilco at Ommegang
Published on July 30, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about Wilco's concert at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown.

Here's an excerpt:

"I’ve never been to Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown before, but I’m happy that they’re hosting concerts, because it gave me a good excuse to visit. I headed out there on Saturday for the Wilco concert, and by the time we located the overflow parking lot, took the shuttle to the concert grounds and made our way into the venue, I was ready for a beer. Good thing I was at a brewery!

There are advantages and disadvantages to holding a concert in an out-of-the-way place. Getting there can be a bit of a chore, and once you’re there, you’re there — you can’t just run out and grab some food downtown, because that would require getting a shuttle, retrieving your car and driving 15 minutes. But the seclusion of such places can create a magical and unique experience, especially if the area is pretty. Brewery Ommegang is a little bit like Saratoga Performing Arts Center, but much smaller, with a sloping hillside and a nice view of the countryside and nearby farms. (The stage overlooked a silo.) Once I got in there, found a place to stand, grabbed some food and a beer, I was able to relax and just enjoy my surroundings. One of the nice features of going to a brewery concert is that all of the beer is basically brewed on site, so even though you’re paying $6 for a beer, it’s not like you’re drinking Budweiser or Rolling Rock."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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