Game of Thrones is now a worldwide phenomenon, but if you missed Ommegang’s first two companion brews, Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout, soon you’ll have a chance to try them.
Josh Goodstadt, HBO’s VP of Global Licensing, said, “The popularity of the beers has grown right alongside the popularity of the show, and we are thrilled to give these first two brews a second turn in the spotlight.” While Ommegang Marketing Director Bill Wetmore stated they were “blown away by the runaway success of these first two beers.”
Iron Throne Blonde Ale, my personal favorite, was launched right before the start of season three in March of 2013 to coincide with the fair-haired Lannisters ruling Westeros. It is described as having “a slightly hazy golden amber hue. The head is full and fluffy. The finish is crisp, backed by a touch of spice and hops. The aroma is a bit grassy with a hint of lemon fruitiness from the lemon peel. The taste is lightly malty, rounded by honey malt sweetness. Iron Throne Blonde Ale is 6.5% ABV.”
First released September 2013 with double the production of Iron Throne, Take the Black Stout is “deep black in hue, with a full tan head. Aromas include dark chocolate, caramel malt, earthy hops, and a touch of fruitiness. Tastes include chocolate, dark coffee, and rich malt character. The beer has light, balanced roastiness aroma and taste. The clean hop bitterness converges with a slight woody character and spiciness. The finish offers sweet malt character giving way to spicy, earthy, hop bitterness. Take the Black Stout is 7.0% ABV.”
Both beers will be available in the US, much of Canada as individual 750ml bottles, on draft, or in a gift box with collectible glass seen above.
To date there have been five GoT inspired beers by Ommegang, with a dark saison named Three-Eyed Raven currently available.
Brewery Ommegang first started brewing in 1997. It’s located on a 136-acre farmstead just outside of Cooperstown, New York, and is owned by Belgian brewery Duvel Moortgat, most famous for producing Duvel Golden Ale.