Tuesday, December 17, 2013

HBO and Ommegang are Letting Fans Choose the Next 'Game of Thrones' Beer

Thanks to the popularity of their "Game of Thrones" beers, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are letting fans choose not only the name of their fall 2014 brew, but also the style. Past brews include their "Iron Throne Blonde Ale" and "Take the Black Stout" and their third, "Fire and Blood," is due the end of March.

Voting for the four options starts today on the official "Game of Thrones" Facebook page. Here are the selections along with the descriptions:

1) Valar Morghulis - Dubbel - Valar Morghulis is an Old Valyrian saying closely associated with the desire for vengeance. Thus, a Belgian-style Dubbel was chosen to capture the sweetness of revenge as well as the dangerous consequences that come with it.

2) Hand of the King - Quadrupel - The responsibility of running a kingdom can only be matched by the complexity of a Belgian-style Quadrupel ale. Rich in flavor and dark in color, a Quad is the perfect companion for waging war, brokering peace, or enduring a Small Council meeting.

3) Seven Kingdoms - Tripel - The golden Tripel is the universally agreed pinnacle of Belgian brewing achievement, making it the perfect beer to represent the legacy of the Seven Kingdoms. Though supremely drinkable, the Tripel comes with a spicy character that represents the sordid events of the history of Westeros.

4) Khal - Quadrupel - The Dothraki people, like the Belgian-style Quad, are the strongest of the strong and Boldest of the bold. Quads rest atop the pyramid of Belgain beer because of their strength, so this style makes a fitting tribute to the men that rule the mighty Khalisars of Essos.

You only have the today and tomorrow to vote and the selection with the most votes along with the artwork for the label, will officially be announced in the spring.

Let us know what your choice would be and if you've tried the beers that have already been released.

-Larissa Mrykalo