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The Best Beers from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2012

Slideshow SLIDESHOW: The Best Beers from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2012

[Photographs: Chris Lehault]

With 70 breweries from across Belgium and the U.S., Brewery Ommegang's annual Belgium Come to Cooperstown celebration is regarded by many as one of the best Belgian beer fests in the country. It's nestled in the rolling hills of upstate New York and provides an ideal backdrop for a day of great beer and live music followed by an evening of camping, fireworks, an outdoor movie, and more great beer.

This year we scoured the tents for the best of the breweries' offerings, many of which were rare or one-off beers brewed especially for BCTC. Of the many brews (and ciders!) we tried, these were our 11 favorites.

Did you hit the fest at Cooperstown? What was your favorite beer or cider? Did we miss something amazing? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author: Jonathan Moxey is a Harlem-based homebrewer, BJCP certified beer judge, and Cicerone Certified Beer Server. He hosts private beer tastings for Tapped Craft Beer Events.

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