Living in Game of Thrones’ land of Westeros can’t be easy. There are icy-sword wielding zombies, winters last for decades, the king is a major jerkface and, fast but not least, there are dragons. New York’s Brewery Ommegang can help (or at least pay homeage to) some of those complexities with the upcoming release of their newest Game of Thrones-inspired brew, Fire and Blood Red Ale. Ommegang sent a bottle to us early to sample (all hail the brewery in the North!).
Like Khaleesi’s aforementioned dragons who adorn the bottles’ labels (there will be a different bottle for each of the reptilian beasts), the beer is meant to bring some heat since they brew it with ancho chiles and spicy hops. In actuality, it’s a bit more mellow than you’d expect from something called “fire and blood,” but it does live up to its serpentine image with a suitably roast-y bite. There’s also some rye in the mix to add to the kick, or it may have something to do with harvesting the Dothraki plains, or maybe they realized you can’t spell “Targaryen” without “a rye grant.” Anyway, it’s a good-tasting beer and we recommend it whether you’re into the show or not.
The 750ml (over a pint and a half) bottles hit stores on March 31, in time for the April 6 premiere of the show’s fourth season. You can get more info here.
HBO’s gloriously bloody Game of Thrones may be napping like a tired dragon at the moment, but it will be back in the spring. In the meantime, interest in the show’s world continues to grow. This includes their food. As anyone who has ever watched or read GoT knows, food is almost as important in Westeros as naked ladies.
To honor the series’ devotion to fanciful medieval grub, there is a food blog that teaches you how to make some notable dishes on your own. Inn at the Crossroads has recipes for honeyed chicken handpies (pictured), rosehip soup and even scones that are shaped like direwolves. You can start preparing for the premiere party now.
Please note, the blog does not include recipes for some of the more outlandish fare from the book such as a gigantic wedding cake filled with hundreds of live doves.
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It’s hard to relax in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, what with all the dragons, shadow demons, White Walkers and people having sex wherever you look. Cooperstown, New York’s Ommegang Brewery is about to give George R. R. Martin fans (or just beer fans) a chance to unwind with the release of four Game of Thrones-themed brews. First up is the Iron Throne Blonde Ale coming out at the end of the month. We went all Lord Varys and tasted it early to bring you the pertinent info and help you decide whether it’s worth shelling out $8.50 worth of Gold Dragons for a 750ml bottle.
This is a very drinkable, Belgium-style beer. It’s brewed with grains of paradise and lemon peel giving it a light, citrus-y kick for a pleasing summery taste. It has only 6.5 percent alcohol-by-volume so you might be able to knock back a few at lunch and still be in sound enough mind and body to take down some Lannisters. Also, in general, we’re strong proponents of the merging of pop culture and food culture.
The connection between the show and the beer is a little hazy. They say it’s referencing the blonde Joffrey Baratheon sitting on the Iron Throne and that it’s “fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.” That sounds almost as wedged in as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane’s head in Tyrion “the Imp” Lannister’s helmet. Plus, a grains of paradise- and lemon peel-flavored summer ale reminds of something. And why are they making a summer ale when winter is coming?
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You read the series of novels, and have strong opinions about the actors portraying the characters in the movie version. You were first in line to see the midnight showing, and you’ve seen it innumerable times since. You have heated online debates about what the writer/director got right and wrong and — not that you would ever tell your friends this, but — you may have even written a little fan fiction yourself.
We get it. You’re a fan. Or are you? How can you call yourself a fan if you’ve yet to recreate your favorite character’s most treasured childhood meal, or feast upon the bounty that was consumed after the pivotal post-battle celebration? If you’ve never invited your equally-obsessed friends over for a themed potluck, well then, we can’t confirm that you’re much of a fan at all, can we?
Not to worry, though, as we’ve whipped up a list of our favorite cookbooks based upon fantasy or sci-fi so that even the greatest nerds among us can up their obsession status. Though we do suggest you still keep that fan fic buried deep in the wardrobe that is your computer.
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