Beers

Winter is Coming

Daenerys Targaryen has finally set sail for Westeros with her armies, dragons and new Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow has been named King in the North after defeating Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards and returning Winterfell to House Stark. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister has seized the Iron Throne by incinerating the High Sparrow, his followers and her rivals in the Sept of Baelor. But as old alliances fracture and new ones emerge, an army of dead men marches on the Wall, threatening to end the game of thrones forever.

On that note, we are excited to announce a brand new Game of Thrones-inspired beer and the return of a fan favorite.

Winter is Here This Fall with Latest Game of Thrones® Beer from Brewery Ommegang and HBO®

Brewery and HBO Will Re-Release Fire and Blood Red Ale to Accompany New Beer

It may be the start of summer, but Game of Thrones fans from throughout the realm are preparing for winter when the hit HBO series returns July 16. And while those fans will still be sipping Bend the Knee Golden Ale throughout Season 7, Brewery Ommegang and HBO Global Licensing are proud to announce that a brand new beer in their successful partnership, available this fall, will confirm once and for all that, finally, Winter is Here! An 8.3% AVB Belgian-style double white ale with the fearsome Night King emblazoned on the label, Winter is Here will be available in 750ml single bottles, on draft, and also paired alongside previously released Fire and Blood Red Ale in a collectible gift pack complete with a commemorative glass. Suggested retail price is $11.99 for the individual bottles and $23.99 for the gift pack, both of which will be on shelves in late October.

“For six seasons, Game of Thrones fans like ourselves have watched as the great houses of Westeros battled amongst themselves, all the while knowing that the only battle that really mattered – the great war – was yet to come,” says Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang’s President. “In this next season, we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of winter with a beer fit for consumption north of The Wall. Winter is Here is a fortifying and delicious double white, brewed with sea salt and white pepper, sure to keep you warm in winter, no matter how long it lasts.”

Game of Thrones fans have been waiting for winter since the very first episode of the series debuted,” says Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. “Now, thanks to this latest Game of Thrones beer, they’ll have the perfect brew to sip throughout the cold months that lie ahead. We can’t wait for fans to get their first taste of Winter is Here!”

Winter is Here is brewed with pilsner malt, white wheat malt, and soft red wheat flakes, hopped with Saaz hops, and spiced with white pepper, sea salt, coriander and sweet orange peel. Brewery Ommegang’s house yeast is used in primary and secondary fermentation. This double white ale pours a hazy pale straw color with a stark white head. Aromas of banana, clove, and pronounced peppery phenols lead, and the flavor is slightly sweet malt, subtly balanced by hints of sea salt. Despite a full mouthfeel and healthy ABV, it still manages to drink quite lightly. The finish gradually builds in a warming crescendo of peppery spice.

Fire and Blood was the third beer in the collaborative series, originally released in spring of 2014. It’s brewed with pilsner, spelt, rye, and other specialty malts, hopped with Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops, and spiced with ancho chilies for additional complexity. The hue is deep, dark red with a persistent, creamy, off-white head. The aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, slight spice and malt mix nicely with a slight floral, spicy hop character. The flavor of sweet malt gives way to faint dryness and is balanced by spicy rye and hop flavors with underlying raisin and prune notes. The finish offers balanced malt and spicy characteristics from hops and rye. Fire and Blood is 6.8% ABV, and the label art features one of the original three labels, a fiery image of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, Drogon.

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Meet Fruition

Have you seen an Ommegang beer with a tropically pink label on the shelves lately? That’s Fruition, a brand new, year-round offering that’s been moving out from the brewery as the warm weather has been moving in. And on this very first day of summer, we’re excited to share all the details with you and tell you where to find it.

Fruition is a refreshing 5.3% ABV dry-hopped wheat ale that begins with our award-winning Witte as the base beer and is then given a tropical twist with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices. The result is a slightly tart and fruity, hop-forward beer that’s exceptionally drinkable. It’s the perfect beer to pair with summer.

Brewmaster Phil Leinhart says: “As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition. This beer is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.”

Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes, and spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander, Fruition is fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices then dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade hops.

Fruition pours a pale straw color with moderate haziness and a fluffy white head. Tropical fruit and citrus aromas dominate the nose and the flavor follows suit with tart tropical fruit and citrus up front, followed by a smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. The finish is resoundingly dry with nice effervescence. The dryness and acidity of Fruition make it a perfect beer to pair with all manner of cheeses, particularly cheeses with some funk. The effervescence also makes this beer a great pairing with saltier foods – try Fruition with Belgian frites or chicken & waffles.

Fruition is available now in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and Washington D.C. You can use our beer finder to search for retailers near your zip code.

Have you tried Fruition? Tell us what you think!

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Gnomegeddon: One Small Sip for Conservation

Like many Americans, we at Brewery Ommegang were dismayed – if not entirely shocked – to learn of the decision last week to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.  Along with so many other things, it seems to us to be the latest sign of the coming apocalypse.

Not being ones to sit idly by, to commemorate these tumultuous times, we have decided to release from our cellars a limited quantity of Gnomegeddon, a beer we’ve released before but which has never seemed more appropriate than it does now.

For every bottle of Gnomegeddon we sell between now and the end of the year, we’ll donate a dollar to The Nature Conservancy, an organization that, like ourselves, has long supported efforts to conserve the lands and waters on which lives and livelihoods depend. In our case, as a brewery nestled in the idyllic hills of Cooperstown, NY, we are blessed to be surrounded by breathtaking natural surroundings and the Susquehanna River in particular, which serves as the lifeblood of what we do for a living.

A Belgian-style Blonde Ale fermented with Brettanomyces yeast that refuses to be contained or controlled, even by the very brewmasters who brought it into this world, Gnomegeddon is a fiendishly unpredictable beer for fiendishly unpredictable times. At 9.5% ABV, it pours a light orange color with slight haziness and a firm white head. Aromas of tropical fruit, sweet cherry, and a hint of cinnamon are followed flavors of ripe fruit, sweet malt, and light caramel. Medium bodied and incredibly smooth, Gnomegeddon pairs well with roasted fish or chicken, glazed ham, and strong cheeses… or whatever you plan to serve at the End of Days.

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You can learn more about our record of environmental protection by taking a look at past articles like this one from The Washington Post, or this one from All About Beer, or this one from Brewbound. We’ll share a list of states that will have the beer shortly.

Bend the Knee Golden Ale

Hi, friends!

We’ve finished brewing and packaging our latest Game of Thrones-inspired beer, Bend the Knee Golden Ale, and the beer is now working its way from distributors to your favorite stores and bars. The official release date for Bend the Knee is today, May 22. The beer is now available in many locations across the country and it will be available in many more locations by Memorial Day Weekend.

Game of Thrones Life Size Iron Throne Replica

If you are in the Cooperstown area, Bend the Knee will be available at the brewery this Saturday, May 27, from 11 am to 9 pm. We’ll also have a replica Iron Throne from the show on site at the brewery that day. All guests are welcome to take a seat (and a photo) on the most powerful seat in Westeros. Photos on the Iron Thrones are available from 12-8 pm on Saturday. 

Ommegang is currently not distributed in Mississippi, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Seven Kingdoms will not be for sale in these states. Outside of the United States, Seven Kingdoms may only be available in Ontario, Canada. There is not currently a release date set for Canada. We’re working with our distributor there and we’ll update this post when/if we have one.

We have a beer finder that will show the locations that the beer has been sold to. The beer finder works by aggregating sales data from the distributor and it is uploaded often a few days after the sale into the account. With the great demand it might even be sold out by the time it is listed on our beer finder, so we strongly encourage you to call your local retailers in advance to ask about availability. When you find Bend the Knee, you can tag a photo of the beer with #GoTxOmmegang on social media to let friends know where you found it.

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It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot do any online orders. There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those here as they come in. For starters, keep an eye out on Craftshack.com which typically carries our limited release beers.

Happy hunting.
Allison

 

Twisted Trunk, Captains, Clean Water

Southern Florida friends, we have an exciting collaboration brewing up for you with Twisted Trunk Brewing in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. We’ve teamed up with the Twisted Trunk team and Captains for Clean Water in Fort Myers, FL to tackle a toxic issue blooming in Southern Florida: blue-green algae. We are planning a special release called Southbound, a Belgian-style Pils that will launch in May. Proceeds from sales of the beer and from the launch event later this spring will raise funds for Captains for Clean Water, enabling them to continue their work to protect Florida’s waterways and draw attention to this dangerous issue.

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“Captains for Clean Water is an organization that brings people together to work for science-based solutions to one of the greatest threats to the future of Florida,” says Captain Daniel Andrews, the organization’s founder. “As a result of decades of water mismanagement, Florida’s East and West Coasts have been plagued by damaging, unnatural discharges of polluted freshwater from Lake Okeechobee. Meanwhile, Florida Bay is suffering from hyper saline conditions as a result of significantly decreased flows of freshwater into the bay that are required to balance and maintain salinities. The solution to these problems is the restoration of the Everglades, and time is of the essence.”

Although far from Florida, we are no stranger to water-related issues. The brewery has long been one of the most outspoken opponents to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York State which we believe would seriously threaten our water supply, in addition to the local waters. Our involvement in this collaborative beer is thanks to John Oteri, our sales representative in South Florida.

“The moment I decided to step up and do something about this situation was last June, right after my son was born,” Oteri says. “This was the time of one of our worst blue-green algae blooms to date and my family had been informed that there may be some airborne toxins associated with this particular bloom. Not only was the smell awful but we came to the realization that we didn’t live in paradise anymore. I knew once the national news coverage went away so would the awareness. I contacted Twisted Trunk and Captains for Clean Water because both are doing great things in the community and I thought we should work together to help raise money and awareness to fight this problem.”

Twisted Trunk’s Francis Andrewlevich was onboard immediately after being approached by Oteri. “The first time I saw the brown mucked up water I thought I was on another planet, says Andrewlevich. “I knew we had to do something to get it back to the Florida we all know and love.”

Southbound, the collaborative beer, was brewed at Twisted Trunk on Friday, March 24 by their brewing team and Justin “Lotty” Lottridge, a 10-year veteran of Brewery Ommegang. The beer will be available in cans and only during a launch event will be hosted at Twisted Trunk on Saturday, May 20. The brewery will donate proceeds from beer sales and the event to Captains for Clean Water. Additional details about the event are forthcoming.

In the meantime, follow the good work that Captains is doing in FL with #NowOrNeverglades on social media. You can also watch a video about the collaboration by WPTV.