Sure, "All men must die," but must they do it sober? In celebration of the coming seventh season of HBO's Game of Thrones, Brewery Ommegang has again partnered with HBO Global Licensing for the latest beer in their collaborative line: Bend the Knee Golden Ale.
According to Brewbound, 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."
Bend the Knee will be available in a trio of collectible, matte-black, 750ml bottles (adorned with the Stark, Targaryan or Lannister sigils) as well as on draft in select locations.
Although the seventh, penultimate season of "Game of Thrones" has no official release date beyond mid-2017, Bend the Knee should hit stores by Memorial Day.
"With this next Game of Thrones-inspired release, we wanted a beer and a pack that was fit for a king ... or a queen," said Brewery Ommegang President Doug Campbell. "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."
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"We love the idea of a golden ale to kick off the summer and to keep fans engaged as they wait for Game of Thrones to return," said Josh Goodstadt, vice president of global licensing and retail at HBO. "With the story focusing in on these three major houses -- Stark, Lannister and Targaryen -- we're excited to give fans the chance to align themselves with their favorite house as they sip this latest brew."
Bend the Knee isn't the first time the Cooperstown, New York-based Ommegang and HBO have teamed up to give fantasy fans something to sip while they watch.
Other beers in the brewery's limited-edition Game of Thrones series include Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale, Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale, Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale, Iron Throne Blonde Ale, Take the Black Stout, and Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison.