Royal Reserve Collection: King in the North

*clink* We’re pleased to announce King in the North, the last of four special beers in this year’s Game of Thrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection. Inspired by Jon Snow, this barrel-aged imperial stout is brewed to sustain a leader through a long, dark night. King in the North will be available only in the United States, beginning in late November. A list of distribution states will be available earlier that month when the beer begins shipping to wholesalers. Details about the collection and the new beer are below in the press release.

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Brewery Ommegang and HBO® announce King in the North, final beer in Game of Thrones®-inspired Royal Reserve Collection, plus a new four-bottle gift pack containing full collection

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang and HBO Licensing & Retail have announced the newest beer in their collaborative series inspired by the award-winning drama Game of Thrones. King in the North, a beer brewed for Jon Snow, is the fourth and final beer in this year’s Royal Reserve Collection, a series of four limited release beers, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures engaged in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms.

Brewed to sustain a leader through a long, dark night, King in the North is a barrel-aged imperial stout. The beer will be available at the brewery and at retail as of Black Friday, November 23, on draft and in 750ml bottles. The suggested retail price per bottle is $12.99.

King in the North will be released alongside a one-of-a-kind gift pack, just in time for the holidays. The gift pack features one 12-ounce bottle of each of the four Royal Reserve Collection beers and a collectible Game of Thrones glass. The suggested retail price for a gift pack is $24.99.

“There was only one character with whom we could end the Royal Reserve Collection,” said Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang president. “I don’t think we’re alone in our hopes for Jon Snow. And for those who missed one of the Collection during the year, we’re pleased to offer the opportunity to get all four at once, along with a glass in which to serve them.”

“We’ve now arrived at our fourth and final Royal Reserve beer which celebrates Jon Snow with a big, bold, barrel-aged stout for the long cold nights to come,” said Jeff Peters, vice president of licensing & retail at HBO. “We expect this one to bring our fans to their feet to toast the King in the North!”

King in the North pours jet black with a thick tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate blend with those of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor is rich and full with notes of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt up front followed by smooth bourbon and a hint of oak. The finish is thick and chewy with oatmeal creaminess, and pleasant lingering roast. King in the North pairs well with funky aged cheeses, rich dark meats and decadent desserts. It also makes a great dessert on its own.

The Royal Reserve Collection features four new beers in the brewery’s Game of Thrones-inspired series with HBO. All of the beers will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles. The series began in April with Hand of the Queen, a barleywine, and was followed in June by Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, a sour blonde blend. Mother of Dragons, a smoked porter and kriek blend, will arrive in September before King in the North and the gift pack.

Meet Fruittanomyces

 

We are proud to announce the release of Fruittanomyces, a dry-hopped witbier brewed with tropical fruits and aged with Brettanomyces. The funky, flavorful limited edition beer is arriving in stores now in 750 ml bottles and will be available at the brewery in Cooperstown beginning this Saturday, August 11.

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Fruittanomyces is brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes and is spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander. The beer is fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices and dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade hops before aging in the bottle with Brettanomyces.

Fruittanomyces pours a hazy straw color. Tropical fruit and overripe funk dominate the complex aroma which also includes subtle notes of cinnamon, clove, and banana bread. Tart flavors of ripe pineapple, passion fruit and kumquat lead to subdued hints of lemony citrus. At 5.3% ABV, Fruittanomyces is effervescent and surprisingly refreshing with a lingering sweetness on the finish. As with all unpasteurized brett beers, Fruittanomyces is alive, and the flavor will develop over time. This beer is suitable to enjoy now or to be cellared.

The tart acidity of Fruittanomyces works beautifully with buttery seafood such as lobster, sweet crab, or New England clam chowder. It also pairs well with a tart dessert such as lemon meringue pie.

BCTC 2018: Breweries and Beers

BCTC is coming to the brewery in just a few days. We’ve been working ’round the clock on all the final details, including the attending brewery list and what beers they are bringing. The list is alphabetized by brewery name.

The list can be downloaded here: Breweries and Beers_7.31.2018.

You can also view a PDF here: Breweries and Beers_7.31.2018.

If there are any changes this week (ie. there’s a late edition, a brewery can’t make it or they want to swap in a different beer) we will make changes to this document up until 5 pm on Thursday.

Tickets for the tasting event on Saturday, including a few camping tickets, are still available.
We look forward to seeing you at BCTC.

Meet Hopstate NY 2018

Hello, friends.

Hopstate is back with a brand new recipe for 2018. Brewed with 100% New York State grown hops, this juicy IPA launches on Thursday, July 26 at the brewery as well as in select retailers in New York. Additional states and retailers will receive the beer in August and September. Read on for more information about Hopstate IPA and where to find it.

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Brewery Ommegang’s Hopstate IPA celebrates New York farmers

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang is proud to once again shine the spotlight on New York State hop farmers with the release of Hopstate IPA, a classic India Pale Ale brewed exclusively with New York State hops. Hopstate IPA is part of the brewery’s Farmhouse Series, a line of beers that draws inspiration from the brewery’s home on the site of a historic 140-acre hop farm.

Ommegang has long supported the reinvigoration of the New York hop industry with annual releases that showcase its produce. The fourth such release, this year’s brew also includes two New York-grown barley varietals from 1886 Malt House in Fulton, NY.

Hopstate IPA is a 7.4% ABV, 40 IBU IPA hopped with Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, and Nugget. Brewed with flaked oats along with Synergy and Munich malts from 1886 Malt House, it is fermented with English ale yeast. Hopstate IPA pours a hazy pale orange with a fluffy white head. Juicy aromas of tropical fruit burst from the glass, followed by bright citrus and sweet malt. Flavors of sweet fruit and citrus mix with a pleasant bready character. Lightly balanced bitterness in every sip pairs with a smooth, pillowy mouthfeel and a medium body. The finish is moderately dry with mild, lingering bitterness.

Hopstate IPA pairs well with pub fare, grilled or smoked meat and fish, and moderately sharp cheese. It is also sensational with summer desserts such as tropical fruit sorbet and seasonal berry tart. Available at the brewery in Cooperstown beginning Thursday, July 26 in 16 oz. cans, Hopstate IPA will be distributed in NY, CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, PA, NC, SC, RI, VA, VT, WV, Washington, DC and the U.S.V.I. The suggested retail price for a four-pack is $12.99.

Retailers receiving Hopstate IPA:
Select Wegmans in western New York
We’ll add additional retailers as the beer starts selling. You can also use our beer finder to search for retailers near you: http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/