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
Jester King Queen’s Order debuts at the brewery in Austin, Texas on May 19th.
The base beer is a farmhouse ale brewed with Texas-grown Eureka and Ujukitsu lemons, along with Texas Guajillo honey.Brewed back in February of the year, Jester King Queen’s Order was fermented in stainless steel with a blend of native yeast and bacteria.
“Queen’s Order” is a nod to the 1,000s of little workers that make the sticky, delicious nectar both in Texas and beyond. Austin is home to the National Honey Beer Summit taking place later this month.
Look at them crank. These are the tiny, well-oiled gears of an industry. They are paragons of fealty; each of their lifespans represents the durability of a replaceable component in a machine built for another’s purpose. It is fascinating to watch them buzz along endlessly like characters in their own dystopian novel, unaware of their audience and unable to afford a single thought beyond the Queen’s Order.
Jester King Queen’s Order will be available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft when the brewery opens on May 19th.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Birdsong Honey Pie Double IPA will be available in cans this month.
“Heaven in a glass” is what the Charlotte, North Carolina brewery call this imperial India pale ale. The magic maker in this beer is the amount of locally harvested Cloister Honey.
In this limited release brew, a solid malt foundation is complimented by a generous amount of locally harvested honey and you guessed it… Hops! Our unique blend of hops will deliver aromas of honeydew and grapefruit, and will have you pouring the second beer before you finish the first.
Birdsong Honey Pie Double IPA will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft starting January 12th, 2017.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
8.9% ABV, 80 IBUs
One of the world’s largest porn websites, xHamster now has something else to offer their fans. xHamster Beer.
At first we thought it was a joke. Upon investigation (beer investigating, not porn), the Cyprus-based site has gotten into commercial brewing. The beer is a nearly 9% alcohol by volume Belgian-style tripel. Even before your mind wanders, no there aren’t any weird additions to the beer like lube, and it wasn’t aged on sex toys either.
xHamster Beer is brewed with two hop varieties, and five different malts, plus organic honey. Brewed for the fans of a special kind of “nature documentary.” Touted as the world’s first “porn beer.”
Five different malt varieties, two hop varieties, organic honey, and the finest spices and yeast flow into the beer. Very full-bodied, slightly sweet and yet spicy, this beer will fill your mouth and guarantee your satisfaction.
Right now the beer is only available in Europe but there are plans to to bring it stateside. Perhaps it’s the perfect gift for that special porn and beer lover in your life.
Great Lakes Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, a barrel-aged edition of the wildly popular seasonal beer, releases again this November.
Great Lakes Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, a winter warmer brewed with honey, cinnamon and ginger, is now aged in bourbon barrels for six months. The result is an even more popular edition of the cult classic, with added vanilla, wood, and smokey flavors.
Hark! A heavenly chorus of spices and honey and a fanfare of oak and vanilla flavors resound with each joyous sip of our bourbon barrel-aged Christmas Ale. Holiday spices and sweet honey are wrapped up with notes of wood and vanilla, adding depth that’ll keep you a-wassailin’ all season long.
Great Lakes Barrel Aged Christmas Ale is a 22 once bottle offering. This is a limited release found exclusively at the GLBC Gift Shop on November 26th, 2016.
7.5% ABV, 25 IBUs
Creature Comforts Transmission is a new collaboration debuts later this month, brewed with Gilbert, Arizona based Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
The base beer is a saison, brewed with ingredients local to each brewery. Lisbon lemons and Arizona sweet oranges were grown locally by The Farm at Agritopia, and provided by Arizona Wilderness.
Creature Comforts added honey from Booger Hill Bee Company, based in Danielsville, Georgia. The bottle has been condtioning for the past four months with Creature’s mixed culture blend of yeast and bacteria.
Those interested in bottles will find them on a special Creature Comforts Transmission tour at the brewery in Athens, Georgia on September 29th, 2016.
Stone Citracado IPA has debuted here in August, 2016. The brewery celebrates 20 years of brewing this year.
The Escondido, California based brewery knows hops. Loves hops. Honestly, their India pale ale and various approaches have changed the beer scene in America. Perhaps with so many wins under Stone’s belt, it’s easy to get excited when another hoppy beer is afoot.
Stone Citracado IPA is brewed with the ever-so-hot Citra hops, plus a dose of avocado flower honey. Loosely, those are the same elements that make Bell’s Hopslam so popular (hoppy, with a touch of finishing sweetness). Ed note. Before your blood boils for saying that beer geeks, not everyone is an expert on beer like you. Some folks need a little correlation or perspective.
For 20 years our passion for brewing and our obsession with hops has challenged traditional styles and expectations for beer. So Its only fitting we commemorate this momentous occasion by crafting a liquid ode to bold brewing that satisfies your hop thirst and pays homage to our flagship San Diego brewery, located on Citracado Parkway (which itself pays homage to the citrus and avocado agricultural history of the region).
“Citracado” also teases the two key Ingredients of this been “Citra” refers both to the juicy gem of a hop and its citrusy (and tropical) aromas and flavors. “Cado” inspired us to utilize wonderful, native avocado flower honey. Combine the two and the result pours like silk and abounds with enough hops to match our excitement for reaching this 20-year milestone. We thank you sincerely for the years of support and pledge that we will, as always, strive to live up to the reasons for your loyalty!
Taste: Stone has created another winner in the hop spectrum. Citra really takes the stage (and shines) in this release. Thank to an addition of Avocado flower honey, you won’t have a lot of bitterness to deal with. 22 ounces doesn’t last long.
Stone Citracado IPA is a 22 ounce bottle and draft offering. Drink fresh, drink now.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Debut: Mid-August, 2016