It’s been the first year since 2011 that we haven’t had a new season of "Game of Thrones." Though the final round of episodes won’t grace our TV screens until 2019, we’ve at least got the next best thing in the form of limited-edition themed beers.
Brewery Ommegang has once again teamed up with HBO to make a series of beers related to the epic fantasy show. Up next is Mother of Dragons, "a beer brewed for Daenerys Targaryen," according to a press release.
It’s the third beer out of four in the Royal Reserve collection, which has been launched this year as a boozy tribute to four characters we’ll see in the midst of the final battle for the Seven Kingdoms next year. The Mother of Dragons, which will launch widely on Sept. 28, isn’t just named for Daenerys — it was also brewed to embody her fierce nature.
A blend of smoked porter and Belgian kriek, the new Ommegang beer represents "the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents," according to the release. "The flavor is rich, with tart cherry up front leading to a center palate of semi-sweet chocolate, then resolving to subtle smoke and mild sweetness."
The 6.5 percent ABV beer will be both on draft and in 750 ml bombers at a suggested retail price of $12.99. Ommegang is a brewery in New York with an almost nationwide distribution network.
Though we’ve still got a couple of months until the Mother of Dragons is unleashed on store shelves — and yes, Ommegang thankfully distributes to Austin — there are a couple previous "Game of Thrones" beers you can track down in the meantime. Ommegang debuted Hand of the Queen, a barleywine, in April and Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, a sour blonde blend, in June.
These might be difficult to find at this point, but there’s one easy way to taste the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms this week. Easy Tiger is hosting an Ommegang happy hour on July 19, as part of its Summer of Beer series, that will have the beer on draft.
The final beer in the Royal Reserve collection releases later this year. There’s no word yet on which "Game of Thrones" character it will be paying homage to, but Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night Watch, hasn’t yet been featured and would certainly be appropriate. Perhaps with some kind of pitch-black stout?
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