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
New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale debuts this month. If you follow the brewery’s lineup, then this name might be familiar to you.
Citra hops are the hop of choice for many of New Belgium’s newest brews. The kettle soured draft only Fruit Fly, features Citra, the most obvious is Citradelic Tangerine IPA. The IPA also includes a subtle addition of tangerines.
Starting now, and continuing into 2017, “Citradelic” is evolving into a series. The second Citradelic offering is New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale, a golden ale brewed with Citra hops, Persian limes, coriander, and cracked black pepper.
A crisp, refreshing golden ale bursting with juicy Persian lime, freshly ground coriander and a hint of cracked black pepper.
New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale is a 12 ounce bottle release only.
Wicked Weed Coolcumber, a draft offering in the past, is now available in bottles as of today.
The beer is exactly as it sounds, a golden ale brewed with cucumber. Take our word for it – it really does smell and taste like cucumber. (Plus basil and juniper berries of course.) Face it, the South is hot. This beer is like air conditioning in a glass.
Summer in Carolina is a time when days grow long, life slows down, and friends draw near. Gardens burst with brisk basil and fresh cucumbers, fireflies illuminate the night sky, and warm days leave us lounging late, our glasses brimming with golden nectar. Summer in the South is best served cool.
Wicked Weed Coolcumber is a 12 ounce bottle offering.
Shmaltz Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale, a beer built for fans of the series.
To date, there have been a few Star Trek licensed beers in the world- most of the them brewed outside of the United States. Until now. Clifton Park, New York’s Shmaltz Brewing is releasing a new golden ale that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek Series, that debuted in 1966.
Trouble with Tribbles, as mentioned on the label, may be among one of the most popular episodes in original series history. (Below, Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, is buried in Tribbles.)
The brewery has hinted at Shmaltz Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale release recently.
More release information to follow.
Style: Golden Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Harpoon Sweet Spot Golden Ale is joining the brewery’s year-round lineup this month.
It’s warmer and headed toward hot, making now a great time to debut a golden ale. The beer is brewed with German noble hops, and finishes crisp and sweet. Harpoon chose this style targeting every kind of beer drinker. A beer that parties hard, and shares well.
This refreshing Golden Ale is light in body but full of flavor. Not too hoppy, not too malty, complex but easy drinking. Classic German noble hops provide a clean hop aroma while the malt combination adds depth. Smooth with a crisp, dry finish, this beer is a balancing act of the highest quality ingredients the sweet spot of beer.
Harpoon Sweet Spot Golden Ale is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft, year-round.
Style: Golden Ale
Availablity: 12oz Bottles, Draft
New Holland Lost Dune joins the Michigan based brewery’s lineup in late May.
Based on the seasonality of both flavors and fruits, New Holland Lost Dune is brewed with local blueberries and coriander. Lost Dune is destined for warm weather drinking.
“At New Holland, it’s no secret that we’re inspired by the seasonality of ingredients and flavors. Plus, located on Lake Michigan, summer is a natural inspiration,” said Brett VanderKamp, Co-Founder & President. “Lost Dune captures the taste of summer with its refreshing and aromatic body.”
New Holland Lost Dune will be available seasonally across the brewery’s entire network in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Jailhouse Brewing Alibi will mark the brewery’s first canned offering from the Hampton, Georgia based brewery.
Brewery founder Glenn Golden and his team have been debating adding cans to their lineup for a while now. Being as small as they are, space (and can cost) have been a big factor in the decision. We at Beer Street Journal always thought that their best seller Slammer Wheat would have been the first can beer, but this April, Jailhouse Brewing Alibi will find aluminum.
It’s the deep south folks. Somewhere at the intersection of the southern heat, and food comes this golden ale, brewed with stone milled grits. Grits is good eatin’, and in this case, good drinkin’ too. In this case, giving the beer a little extra body.
Jailhouse Brewing Alibi is already available on draft. Look for it in 12 ounce cans in April, 2016.