We’ve got a while to wait for more episodes. Before then, though, we’ll have beer
Fans of Game of Thrones might describe the show as incessantly addictive, to the point that they wonder whether it’s even healthy for them.
Those who struggle with the show, meanwhile, might prefer to describe it as heavy and inpenetrable, to the point that they can’t envisage anyone genuinely enjoying it.
Whichever side of the fence you come down on, then, surely you have to give the show some credit for inspiring a beer which ticks both boxes, having been described as a “thick and chewy” brew.
However, while we’re waiting for the show to return, New York State’s Ommegang Brewery has added to its collection of officially licensed Game of Thrones beers with the announcement of its ‘King in the North’ imperial stout. Some will claim it should have been a Benioff and Weissbier, but those people are wrong.
As Entertainment Weekly reports, the beer has been described as having a “thick and chewy [finish] with oatmeal creaminess, and pleasant lingering roast”.
The general flavour, according to the brewery, is “rich and full with notes of roasted malt up front followed by smooth bourbon and a hint of oak”. It’s one hefty beer, is what it is.
*clink* We’re pleased to announce King in the North, the last of four special beers in the @GameOfThrones-inspired Royal Reserve Collection. This barrel-aged imperial stout will be available nationwide beginning Friday, November 23. Details: https://t.co/C6TuF3OLjq pic.twitter.com/n6lGcPyrH7— Brewery Ommegang (@BreweryOmmegang) August 23, 2018
Game of Thrones is far from the only show with alcoholic drinks tie-ins, of course: last Christmas saw a series of Peaky Blinders spirits released, including an Irish whiskey, a spiced rum and a gin.
If you prefer your beer without a link to prestige television, you can always try one of these dark craft beers, of course.
The eighth season of Game of Thrones was announced back in 2016, but filming only recently concluded and the show is not expected to return to air until 2019.
The King in the North beer will arrive sooner, with bottles going on sale in November.
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