While the world continues to wait on the sixth book in the Game of Thrones Series (The Winds of Winter), the brewers in Cooperstown have a new inspired release – Ommegang Winter is Here.
This release marks the 9th Game of Thrones release the brewery has created with HBO. The beer is a double white ale brewed with sea salt and white pepper. The label depicts the Night King, a key piece in the sixth season (and book if we ever get it…)
Let’s be straightforward here. Winter is Here is nothing short of fantastic. Witbiers remind you of warmer days sipping a cold pint on a sun-drenched porch somewhere. However, if you are stuck drinking north of The Wall, with the army of the undead wandering around, you need something a little stronger. Each sip of this beer is better than the first – awash with notes of banana and clove, with just the slightest touch of white pepper and honey malt. Whether drinking Winter is Here on its own or with food, do not pass this beer up.
“In this next season, we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of winter with a beer fit for consumption north of The Wall. Winter is Here is a fortifying and delicious double white, brewed with sea salt and white pepper, sure to keep you warm in winter, no matter how long it lasts.” – Doug Campbell, President – Brewery Ommegang
Ommegang Winter is Here is available in 750-milliliter bottles, first released in October.
Debut: October 2017
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Ommegang Hand of the Queen will expand the brewery’s Game of Thrones Series again this spring.
The next four Game of Thrones releases will be known as The Royal Reserve, inspired by the royals of Westeros. In this case, the Hand of the Queen Tyrion Lannister, hand to Danaerys Targaryen (rightful queen of Westeros).
Tyrion Lannister might be small in stature, but his personality and character are quite large. Given his love of wine (I drink, and I know things), Ommegang chose a big, bold barleywine to embody this well known Lannister.
“We’ve wanted to brew for Tyrion for six seasons, and we believe his time has come. Knowing his preferences, our beer for Tyrion could only be a barleywine.” – Doug Campbell, President of Brewery Ommegang
This 11% alcohol by volume barleywine is described as “malt-forward and multifaceted”. Expect hints of brandy soaked raisins, dark fruit, and apricots. Expect 750-milliliter bottles to hit shelves in April 2018.
Very apropos for the coming of the winter solstice this week, Ommegang Winter is Here is currently on shelves, featuring the Night King who leads the freaky army of Nightwalkers.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: April 2018
There’s a new fruity year-round offering hitting shelves nationally – Ommegang Fruition.
The base beer begins as Witte, an award-winning year-round offering. The wheat ale is dry-hopped, and turned tropical with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passionfruit. Ommegang touts this new release as “a tart, fruity, and hop-forward beer that is exceptionally drinkable”.
“As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition. Fruition is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.” – Phil Leinheart, brewmaster
Ommegang Fruition also features malted and unsalted wheat, oak flakes, sweet orange peel and coriander. Available in 12 ounces bottles and draft, year-round.
Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Passionfruit. Kiwi. Mango. Sweet Orange Peel. Coriander.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round.
Distribution: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and Washington D.C.
Debut: June, 2017
Soon to be marking 20 years of dedicated craft brewing will be a celebratory release, Ommegang 20th Anniversary.
Brewery Ommegang was founded in 1997 in Cooperstown, New York (home of the the Baseball Hall of Fame). The Belgian inspired brewery sits on 136 acres that was once a hop farm. Apparently in the 1800’s, Cooperstown was the hub for hop production in the U.S. In two decades, Ommegang has gone from humble beginnings, to national status and a name synonymous with quality.
Ommegang 20th Anniversary is slated to be a Belgian-style strong dark ale, aged in bourbon barrels.
Aging in bourbon barrels has created a deep mahogany hue, with aromas of oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and Lucious with a bit of weight. The drying finish helps balance the sweetness.
Ommegang 20th Anniversary will be available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft. The brewery has not yet announced this release.
One day there will another Game of Thrones book. Perhaps sooner than that, the next season on HBO. In the mean time, Game of Thrones fans will sip Ommegang Bend the Knee and wait.
Commemorating the seventh season of the game changing series, Ommegang Bend the Knee is golden ale. The 9% alcohol by volume beer will debut in three different collector bottles, each with the house seals for each family vying for the Iron Throne.
Each of the 750 mililter bottles will sport House Stark, House Targaryen, and House Lannister, retailing around $10.99 per bottle. The brewery chose Saaz, Bravo, and Stryian Golding hops for the golden ale, with a malt base of pilsner and flaked oats.
This may be our favorite release to date. The throne may be iron, but this beer sports a beautiful golden hue, with a touch of citrus hop flavor. The wildflower honey addition cuts the bitterness like a sharp sword passing through your enemy. The Song of Ice & Fire may be complex, but this beer is a beautiful as the Mother of Dragons.
Bend the Knee is brewed with pils malt and flaked oats and hopped with Saaz, Bravo, and Styrian Golding hops. It pours a golden hue with a large, frothy head. Both the aroma and flavor mix maltiness and citrus from the hops, while Ommegang’s signature house yeast produces prominent fruitiness. Wildflower honey added during fermentation provides light sweetness to the beer, which finishes dry and with firm hop bitterness.
“With this next Game of Thrones-inspired release, we wanted a beer and a pack that was fit for a king… or a queen. Drawing from a rich Belgian brewing tradition, Golden Strong Ales are deceptive due to their unique combination of extreme drinkability and relatively high alcohol content. Bend the Knee walks that line, while also incorporating the delicate flavors of honey into the mix. The subtle noble and floral hop contribution adds to its delicateness, and the beer finishes smooth and dry.” Brewery Ommegang President, Doug Campbell.
Unlike the book or the tv season, Ommegang Bend the Knee has arrived right on time, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: Memorial Day, 2017
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Ommegang Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale is next up in the brewery’s Game of Thrones series.
This latest edition is a Belgian-style tripel ale, centering around Arya Stark’s Season 6 struggles in the House of Black and White. Ommegang Valar Dohaeris, which means all men must serve, follows Ommegang Valar Morgulis in the ongoing series.
The label art for each features the two-headed coin, given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, which gained her passage to Braavos. The brewery will release a gift pack featuring both Morgulis and Dohaeris, mimicking the aforementioned House of Black & White.
“When we got a sense of the season’s key plot points, we knew right away Valar Dohaeris was the new beer name and that bringing back Valar Morghulis was a must,” says Bill Wetmore, General Manager and Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “And I think HBO’s fantastic idea to have the gift pack mimic the House of Black and White is really going to be a hit with fans. It looks killer and I think fans are going to scoop them up pretty quickly for gifts or for their own collections.”
Ommegang Valar Dohaeris debuts on October 10th, much earlier than when you’ll see season 7 of the show (which was recently cut to 7 episodes, in summer, 2017).
Ommegang re-released Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout recently, along with Game of Thrones glassware. The series includes features Valar Morghulis Three Eye Raven Saison, and Fire and Blood Red Ale.
Style: Belgian-Style Tripel
Malts: Pilsner, Wheat, Oats
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft
Ommegang Great Beyond Double IPA joins the Cooperstown, New York based brewery’s lineup in June.
The road to hoppy started recently with Ommegang Nirvana that debuted nearly a year ago. That IPA didn’t go very far from the brewery – just New Jersey, Connecticut, and their home state. Now, the beer is the #3 best selling India pale ale in New York.
Taking hoppy a step further, (and further out the the Belgian-style the brewery is known for) is Ommegang Great Beyond. This juicy hop flavored imperial IPA ranks among the many American IPAs that made the style so great. Strong hop nose, strong hop character, bitter finish. Bold.
“Double IPA is a style we were excited to brew – it’s a further exploration beyond the Belgian-styles we are known for historically,” – Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster for Brewery Ommegang.
Ommegang Great Beyond Double IPA just started hitting shelves for a limited time in late June in 12 ounce bottles and draft. Drink now, drink fresh.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. June release
Debut: June, 2016