There will be something for every beer lover this year, with many new beers planned from some of the country's top breweries set to debut in 2010.

There will be something for every beer lover this year, with many new beers planned from some of the country's top breweries set to debut in 2010.


Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, N.Y., has one of the busiest years planned as it starts its new Specialty Beer program.


Every two months, a new specialty beer will be released, all in 750 ml. caged and corked bottles.


This month will be a revised version of the Chocolate Indulgence Stout. That will be followed in March by the all new BPA, which is a Belgian-style pale ale. Following that will be the Ommegang Tripel (May), Ommegang Sour Ale (July), Scotch Ale (September) and a tweaked version of the Adoration, which debuted this past December.


Ommegang is also working on what it calls the Accessible Draft program, where it is experimenting with several new or existing draft beers, which will be available in several markets.


Dogfish Head Craft Brewers of Rehoboth Beach, Del., also has many things planned for the new year.


Debuting on Feb. 20 at the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest will be the Wrath of Pecan, a special beer brewed just for the festival.


Also this year will be a new version of Dogfish Head's imperial pilsner, now called My Antonia. In the past this beer has been called Golden Shower, Prescription Pils and Golden Era.


The latest version was brewed with Italian brewery Birra Del Borgo and uses a different hopping method than the previous versions.


Dogfish Head will also sell its Namaste, which was originally brewed to help raise money for a Belgian brewery. This beer is "loosely similar" to a Belgian witbier, Dogfish Head owner Sam Calagione said.


Instead of using bitter orange peel while brewing the witbier, it will use large chunks of dried oranges and peels, along with lemon grass.


Dogfish Head also has two scheduled collaboration ales. One will be with Three Floyds out of Indiana. Calagione said the style is still secret, but he did say bourbon barrels will be involved.


The second will be with Stone of California and Victory of Pennsylvania. Although not 100 percent set, the beer looks like its going to be a saison brewed with several unusual spices.


Speaking of Escondido, Calif.'s Stone, its 14th Anniversary Ale is scheduled to hit stores in June, although the style has not been determined.


Vertical Epic 10.10.10 is scheduled for an October release. Again, the style is not known, although like past Vertical Epics, Greg Koch of Stone said expect it to be a Belgian-influenced beer.


Stone will also continue its series of collaborative brews. Along with the Dogfish Head/Victory collaboration, it will brew a beer with Firestone Walker Brewing Company and 21st Amendment Brewing Company, both of California.


The Bruery of Placentia, Calif., also has some interesting things planned, including Mischief (golden strong ale), Gypsy Tart (Flemish red ale) and an unnamed lambic.


Also this year will be Coton, which will be the Bruery's second anniversary ale, and Three French Hens, which will be its Christmas ale.


Ballast Point of San Diego will not have new beers this year. But the brewery is expanding its capacity by 70 percent, so its special release beers should be more widely available in the Bay State.


Those beers include Sculpin IPA, the No. 1 rated American IPA on beeradvocate.com, and Victory at Sea, a highly regarded porter.


Great Divide Brewing Company of Denver, Colo., had numerous new beers in 2009. Two of those, the Claymore Scotch Ale and Hoss, a rye lager, will become year-round beers beginning on Feb. 15 after previously only being seasonals.


Saison will now also be available in 12-ounce bottles, rather than 22-ounce bombers.


Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Mich., has a mysterious new beer planned called Nemesis.


"It isn't actually a beer, it's a series of beers," said Founders' Dave Engbers. "Every year, we're going to be releasing a new style, or a new beer. It's going to be a beer never brewed before and it'll never be brewed again."


Engbers would not say what the first Nemesis will be, but said it will be in stores in a couple of months.


Another beer to watch out for will be from the Brooklyn Brewery. The Cookie Jar Porter will be the next entry in the Brewmaster's Reserve series, and will be available in the middle of the month.


Norman Miller is a Daily News staff writer. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, e-mail nmiller@cnc.com or call 508-626-3823. Check out The Beer Nut blog at http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/.


This column is the opinion of the writer and doesn't necessarily reflect the opinion of the newspaper.