Release Brewery Ommegang & HBO Announce First "Game of Thrones" Collaboration Beer: "Iron Throne"

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,475) Aug 23, 1996 California


    Brewery Ommegang and HBO® announce first-of-its-kind collaboration behind hit drama Game of Thrones®

    Belgian-style brewery develops Iron Throne, a blonde ale, crafted in the spirit of the hit TV series

    (COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang and HBO are partnering on a series of beers inspired by the critically-acclaimed drama Game of Thrones. Launching in tandem with the season three debut on March 31, Iron Throne, a blonde ale, is the inaugural beer in the series and the result of a creative collaboration between Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and HBO.

    Unlike previous efforts by brewers which were typically executed as ‘brewed under license’ arrangements or straightforward product placement pushes, the collaboration between Ommegang and HBO is focused on developing unique beers that are named and crafted to directly tie into themes and nuances of the medieval-like fantasy realm of Westeros and the surrounding kingdoms, where the competition to sit on the Iron Throne is fierce and deadly.

    Both HBO and Ommegang take great pride in a shared reputation for producing the best in their respective fields: award-winning series that are lauded as some of the best written and produced programming on TV, and award-winning beers recognized as amongst the most elegant and well-crafted.

    “We are extremely pleased to have selected Brewery Ommegang, while there’s a lot of competition in the marketplace, Ommegang’s expertise and attention to detail in the industry make them the perfect fit for the Game of Thrones brand,” said Josh Goodstadt, Director, Global Licensing, HBO. “Capturing the authenticity, essence and nature of the show, Iron Throne has the richness, quality and all of the elements one would expect in fine ale.”

    “HBO has been the definitive producer of high-quality, innovative and ‘water-cooler-worthy’ original programming, and Game of Thrones continues that legacy,” said Simon Thorpe, President and CEO of Brewery Ommegang and Duvel Moortgat USA. “What better partner for our brewery which prides itself on re-imagining the best of beer? Game of Thrones is rich, fascinating, complex, daring and unexpected. Many lovers of Ommegang feel the same way about our fine ales. We think it’s a unique partnership for two unique brands.”

    “No one enjoys their job more than I do -- producing and developing new brews to delight lovers of fine beer,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang, “Add to that the opportunity to collaborate on a beer based on the cultural phenomenon of Game of Thrones and exploring ways to make the beer truly reflect aspects from the show. It made us approach development in a completely new way and I think the first edition Iron Throne reveals that. With a Lannister currently on the throne, it made sense to do a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. Iron Throne is certainly fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.”

    Iron Throne will be nationally available on draft and in 750ml bottles, for the suggested retail price of $8.50 per bottle, beginning in mid- to late-March and will be followed by the launch of additional beers.


    About Brewery Ommegang
    Brewery Ommegang, part of the legendary Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat family, opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. Ommegang creates six ales year-round, as well as an extensive and imaginative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 45 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York, USA and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 100-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, please contact, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang ,, Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang

    About HBO Global Licensing
    HBO Global Licensing officially licenses the HBO® brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network’s award-winning programming. With products created around classic series like the The Sopranos® and Sex and the City® to current hits like True Blood® and Game of Thrones®, items include fashion apparel, jewelry, digital and CD soundtracks, games, books as well as exclusive, premium collections in partnership with upscale, designer brands. Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores nationwide, at, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®,located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City. HBO Licensing & Retail products are also sold internationally across Europe, Asia and Australia.

  2. MgFalcon

    MgFalcon Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012

    I for one, am extremely excited about this brew - being a fan of both the Brewery and the show.
  3. Bubbalito

    Bubbalito Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2012 Virginia

    OK, so they locked out the other thread with all the good GoT beer names, but here is mine anyway:
    Reek, it rhymes with - Kreik
  4. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    Best name possible.

    This seems kind of unnecessarily commercial and pointless, but hopeless the ales are good.
  5. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Awesome. Ommegang usually makes some pretty amazing beer ( considering their roots, why wouldn't they?). Hopefully I will be able to procure some in this neck of the woods.
  6. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    Don't know if this'll be any good, but I'll buy it just for the bottle.
  7. epk

    epk Initiate (147) Jun 10, 2008 New Jersey

    I think it would have been more interesting if they had named it appropriately as if it was from the Game of Thrones universe itself (and maybe even mention it off-hand in the series). A suitable medieval-styled label would have also been nice.

    Still kind of cool I suppose though.

    Stormlands Stout anyone?
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  8. MajorBuckeye

    MajorBuckeye Aspirant (293) Jan 8, 2012 Ohio
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    "Hodor", said Hodor.
  9. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (461) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Bad ass label.
  10. bdub32689

    bdub32689 Initiate (0) May 19, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Dornish girls are the strangest thing ive tasted. I mean beers
  11. bdub32689

    bdub32689 Initiate (0) May 19, 2011 Massachusetts
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    they need an IMP-erial Stout for tyrion
  12. MajorBuckeye

    MajorBuckeye Aspirant (293) Jan 8, 2012 Ohio
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    Baratheon Braggot...
    The Red God Ale...
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  13. bdub32689

    bdub32689 Initiate (0) May 19, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Any metallic defect in the taste could easily be attributed to the iron throne..... Ok I promise Im done with the corny jokes
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  14. Nutwood

    Nutwood Aspirant (232) Jun 30, 2012 Kentucky

    Seems like a logical set would by by house with the sigils on the labels. But then much of the drinking in the story happens on rural roads in rustic inns. I can't summon up the names of any of them at the moment, but I doubt that tack would carry much weight with marketing anyway.
  15. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (889) Jan 17, 2012 Colorado
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    Rye with a maidens mouth round my cork
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  16. Biffster

    Biffster Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    I havent got much interest in watching it, truth be told. But I would say that a blonde anything is not to style for a medieval beer. The first blonde beer came about in the 1840s I actually think its cool that Ommengang is doing this, but I think the choice of a blond is wrong. They should have done a dark beer.
  17. dfclav

    dfclav Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2010 New Jersey

    I'm all for it, and I think it has a good shot of turning some toward craft beer.
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  18. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,751) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    It's a fictional universe, they can have whatever beer styles they want. Anyway, no modern beer styles existed in medieval times.
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  19. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I think i am procuring a few bottles of this for the season premier and throwing a small gathering.
  20. bentonquest

    bentonquest Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2012 New York

    It should be noted that the person who sits on the Iron Throne is blonde, which ends up being a major plot point in the show.
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  21. coffygrinder

    coffygrinder Aspirant (277) Nov 18, 2010 Pennsylvania
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  22. Johnnyhitch

    Johnnyhitch Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 New York
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    Ommegang FTW. Going to be on the look out for this one!
  23. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (629) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    True. I hate that little blonde turd Joffrey (spell check?)
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  24. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,882) Oct 19, 2010 California

    Should have done a soured dark gruit to remain accurate.
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  25. pjl44

    pjl44 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2008 Massachusetts

    There is no designated time period and dragons are central to the plot. I'm not sure style accuracy comes into play here.
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  26. Nutwood

    Nutwood Aspirant (232) Jun 30, 2012 Kentucky

    The original blond is Targaryen in reference to th Iron Throne, I would think.
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  27. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (968) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    Game of thrones is the shit!
  28. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (582) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Yes, I agree, style hasn't been considered, which I'm glad for. Ommegang is an awesome belgian brewery, so we should expect to see belgian styles for all of the beers. They could be anything.
  29. jlpred55

    jlpred55 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2006 Iowa

    Great label!
  30. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    according to their website this beer should be release in a wee bit less than a week!
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  31. screamking

    screamking Devotee (470) Jan 20, 2013 Ohio
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    Targs have white hair, I think.

    VDODSON Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 North Dakota

    The bottles should have direwolves, dragons, and a nImperial Stout with a hound on the front in honor of Sir Gregore Clegane.
  33. MN_Beerticker

    MN_Beerticker Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2012 Minnesota

    Just don't sit on it, you could get cut...
  34. tlh1005

    tlh1005 Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2009 North Carolina
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    Looks like 3/15, can't wait!

    Not really my style of beer, but I love the show so it is a must have.
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  35. MackayClanBrewin

    MackayClanBrewin Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2011 Texas

    Interesting style to represent Game of Thrones but I guess it's the kind of beer the brewery does best. I would like to see some type of Ale with Honey. I know that they would not due a Mead but maybe a Braggot or something.
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  36. MN_Beerticker

    MN_Beerticker Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2012 Minnesota

    Maybe Omegang can make a gift pack with two bottles and an Ale Horn.
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  37. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    It is on the availability of one of my distributers.
  38. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Wheres my Boardwalk Empire Bourbon County varient?
  39. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (796) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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  40. BeardOfZeus

    BeardOfZeus Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2008 Massachusetts

    I hope there's a release party in Boston for the season premier.
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