The Game of Thrones season 6 premiere is just days away! Are you excited? Are you throwing a premiere party?
If you are (or even if you aren’t), you’re going to want to check out the Ommegang Game of Thrones beer series. Brewery Ommegang and HBO teamed up to produce a collaboration series consisting of 5 previous releases plus a brand new brew which has just been released in honor of the season 6 premiere.
Youdon’t have to be a beer geek, like me, to appreciate the tastes. All the beers in the series are easily drinkable and not overly hopped in either direction (not overly bitter and not overly citrus/fruit). Here’s a break down of each brew with some input from the brewers at Brewery Ommegang:
- With a Lannister currently on the throne, it made sense to do a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. Iron Throne is certainly fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.
- Inspired by the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, Take the Black Stout was made to be deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north. The label depicts the Weirwood tree where Jon Snow recited the oath before joining the Night’s Watch.
- Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys’ feared dragons.
- In the world of Westeros, Valar Morghulis means “all men must die.” Fans of the hit HBO show chose the foreboding phrase as the name of the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. As part of a Facebook poll, fan voting determined the style and name of the next beer. An Abbey Dubbel was selected and it is perfectly represented by the “two-headed” coin given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, one of the “Faceless Men of Braavos” – legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearances at will.
- Push through the thick brambles and present yourself to the Three-Eyed Raven. Abiding in the shadows of the Three-Eyed Raven lies this deceptive Dark Saison. The ominous Three-Eyed Raven inspired us to brew a Dark Saison ale, a hybrid style open to brewer’simagination. In the end it is neither a pure saison nor your typical dark beer, but instead a delectable blend that both deceives and thrills the senses.
- Seven Kingdoms is a marriage of a traditional Belgian-style wheat and a hop-forward American ale – but unlike so many of the marriages on the show, the resulting hoppy wheat is pleasant, playful and inspired. Seven Kingdoms harmoniously weds citrusy and herbal American hops, with wheaty maltiness and moderate bitterness.
These brews are available at stores throughout the country. If you are looking to add them to your premiere party menu, you can find a store near you by using the Beer Finder on Ommegang’s website.
So, cheers to the season 6 premiere! And, as always, PLEASE remember to drink responsibly and be safe!
Images: Brewery Ommegang/HBO