To date, Cooperstown, N.Y.’s Brewery Ommegang has released five Game of Thrones-themed beers as part of their partnership with HBO: Iron Throne Blonde Ale, Take the Black Stout, Fire and Blood Red Ale, Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale, and Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale. And now, today, they’ve announced the sixth, a hoppy wheat ale called Seven Kingdoms that will hit shelves right around the season six premiere this spring.
Seven Kingdoms will be available in draft form and in 750mL bottles, and is described by Brewery Ommegang thusly:
“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. At 6.9% (alcohol by volume) it possesses a nuanced complexity that pairs nicely with the hop-forward characteristics that make it surprisingly refreshing.”
And Mike McManus, Innovation Manger at Brewery Ommegang, elaborated a bit on the decision a bit more:
“We love bringing as much inspiration, thoughtfulness and creativity to the Game of Thrones beers as we can. This last season, the imaginativeness of the show was pretty astounding so we aimed for a beer that could hope to match that. A fusion of two wonderful styles was an idea that really excited our team.”
That’s all well and good, but I still really think they’re missing an opportunity with these names. Like, “Seven Kingdoms” is fine and accurate, but what about something… more. Angsty Drogon Ale, Handsome New Daario Stout, Warg Hard Play Hard Lager, etc. It’s your brewery, guys. You can name the beers anything you want. Live a little!
(Via Watchers on the Wall)