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Royal Reserve Collection: Mother of Dragons

*clink* We’re pleased to announce the release of Mother of Dragons, the third of four special beers that comprise the Game of Thrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection. Inspired by Daenerys Targaryen, this blend of a smoked porter and a Belgian kriek represents the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents during her ascent to conquer and rule the seven kingdoms.  The beer will be available nationwide on September 28. Read more about Mother of Dragons below.

Brewery Ommegang and HBO® announce Mother of Dragons, third beer in Game of Thrones®-inspired Royal Reserve 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! Mother of Dragons, a beer brewed for Daenerys Targaryen, is the third 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 and blended for a leader who takes what is hers with fire and blood, Mother of Dragons is a blend of a smoked porter and a Belgian kriek, representing the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents. The beer will be available throughout Ommegang’s distribution network on September 28 both on draft and in 750ml bottles and the suggested retail price for a bottle is $12.99.

Mother of Dragons represents in beer one of our favorite characters from Game of Thrones.  Daenerys’s ascent from obscurity has been one of the most inspiring storylines of the show, and we’re thrilled to release a blend that embodies the character traits that have underpinned that rise,” said Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang president.

Mother of Dragons pours a deep ruby-tinted mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries intertwine with subtle smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is rich with tart cherry up front leading to a center palate of semi-sweet chocolate then resolving to subtle smoke and mild sweetness. The mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and full, and the finish is semi-dry with lingering notes of smoke and cherry sweetness. Mother of Dragons is 6.5% ABV and pairs well with smoked gouda and charcuterie, braised meats, and rich desserts like flourless chocolate cake and cherry cheese cake.

The Royal Reserve Collection features four brand 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. Following the release of Mother of Dragons, the final beer will be announced later this year.

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Hand of the Queen

Hi, friends!

The first beer in our Game of Thrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection, Hand of the Queen, is shipping to distributors beginning this week and will be available nationwide by the beginning of April. Due to shipping times, some locations received their beer sooner than others. If you are in the Cooperstown area, mark your calendars! You’ll be able to purchase Hand of the Queen at the brewery store beginning at noon on Saturday, March 17. 

It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot take any online orders. We sell the beer from the brewery to distributors who then sell to retailers (bars, grocery stores and other locations). There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those them here as they come in.

Ommegang is currently not distributed in Mississippi, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Hand of the Queen will not be for sale in these states. Distributors in the following states have ordered this release: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S.V.I. Outside of the United States, these beers may only be available in Ontario and Alberta, 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 to ask about availability before you drive around to find it. When you do find Hand of the Queen, you can tag a photo of the beer with #GoTxOmmegang on social media to let friends know where you found it.

We can’t wait to hear that you think about our latest Game of Thrones-inspired release. Cheers!

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Big Top BCTC: Music, Schedule and Map

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We’re so thrilled to have Puddles Pity Party returning to the brewery this weekend to headline Big Top BCTC! Joining him on stage between 3 pm and midnight are Danke Baby, Evan Watson, Flux Capacitor, Bella’s Bartok, and DJ Goldee Dust. Danke Baby will also provide live music for the VIP dinner on Friday evening.

We have all sorts of Big Top fun planned for the weekend. Take a look at the schedule and the map to see what’s happening when and where on Friday and Saturday.

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Big Top BCTC: Breweries and Beers

It’s Monday, and Big Top 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 and has the tent and table information on there too so you can plan out your afternoon at the tasting.

The list can be downloaded here: BCTC 2017 Attending Brewers and Beers_FINAL.

You can also view a PDF here: BCTC-2017-Attending-Brewers-and-Beers_FINAL.

If there are any changes this week (ie. someone 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.

Cheers!

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Innovation Beers at Big Top BCTC

Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe has had a busy year developing new beers on the brewery’s pilot system and he’s ready to share a few of those new recipes with BCTC attendees on Saturday, August 5. Some of these beers are just for fun and some are test batches for future Ommegang beers. In any case, we think they’re delicious and we can’t wait to hear what you think about them next weekend.

As these are test brews, only one sixtel of each beer exists so be sure to stop by early in the appropriate session if there’s something you want to try.  These beers will be poured in the innovation tent which is adjacent to the brewery patio.

On tap for session one (2:30 to 5 pm): 

Belgian Pilsner (5.1 % ABV): Crisp, clean, and dry; fermented with a Belgian lager yeast.

Experimental Pale (6.4 % ABV): Brewed with two experimental unnamed hop varieties from the PNW, fermented with American ale yeast.

Belgian Stout (6.7 %): Brewed with cocoa nibs, fermented with a special Belgian yeast.

Blend #1 (5.2 %): A blend of Pale Sour Ale and Short Sleeve Saison, with apricot and peach juices.

On tap for session two (5 to 7 pm): 

Double Rainbow (8.0 % ABV): NEIPA with Mosaic, Simcoe, Motueka, Centennial, and Topaz hops.

Hibiscus Hennepin (7.7 % ABV): Our beloved farmhouse saison brewed with hibiscus flowers.

Tripel IPA (9.5 % ABV): Belgian-style Tripel brewed with Lopal and Ekuanot hop powder.

Oak-Aged Dubbel (7.7 % ABV): Belgian-style Dubbel aged briefly on oak.

You can find all of these beers listed on Untappd. We hope you’ll give them a try and let us know on the app what you think!

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