One of my favorite weekly moments happens on Sunday night, when I
snuggle up hunker down in the mancave with a good craft beer in hand and watch whatever original drama is running on HBO.
While I’ve enjoyed Boardwalk Empire and have tried to enjoy The Newsroom (I always see Aaron Sorkin’s smarmy grin when the dialogue really gets rolling), I have absolutely loved Game of Thrones.
I’m not a huge fan of fantasy stuff and I’m TOTALLY freaked out by LARPERS and Ren Faire types, but Game of Thrones manages to be squarely in the center of this genre without skeeving me out the way that the video for the 80’s hit Safety Dance does.
Up until now, I’ve always enjoyed a barrel aged ale of some sort while watching the show, sipped from a glass goblet (you know, like a king would), but that might be changing.
Brewery Ommegang, famous for making Belgian beers in Upstate New York, has just announced a partnership with HBO in which they’ll create a series of brews based upon Game of Thrones.
The first offering in the line will be released in March, timed to the start of the third season of the show. The beer is called Iron Throne Blonde Ale, which makes me think that a certain dragon-mama is going to be making her play in a big way when the show begins again on March 31st. And no, I didn’t read the books so I don’t know what’s coming, and yes, I will be super-pissed if anyone tries to enlighten me to any upcoming plot points before they unfold on my screen. No spoilers!
A total of four A Game of Thrones beers will eventually be released, the next coming in the Fall of 2013, and the others to follow after that.
It’s terrific to see two things I love join forces like this. But mostly I’m just happy that they’re making a beer instead of a Game of Thrones inspired line of meads. I don’t think my Hobbit-hating sensibilities could handle that!
Any guesses on what the other brews in the line will be? A Westeros Wee Heavy in Tyrion Lannister’s honor?
Let us know your thoughts below!