Care to sample a taste of vengeance?
That's the devious theme behind Brewery Ommegang's upcoming fourth "Game of Thrones"-inspired beer: Valar Morghulis, or "all men must die" in the fictional language of Valyrian. The new beer, described as a mix of pilsner and other specialty malts, includes aromas of caramel, toffee, ripe fruit, banana and slightly burnt sugar. Fans overwhelmingly picked "Valar" in a poll last December over other suggestions such as Seven Kingdoms (Tripel), Hand of the King (Quad) and Khal (Quad).
“The fan response to the beers has been so incredibly positive that we thought it would be a fun reward to ask them to play an active role in selecting the fourth beer,” said Bill Wetmore, Director of Marketing for Brewery Ommegang. “It’s not uncommon to hear “valar brewghulis” spoken in the halls of the brewhouse, so we were secretly hoping that Valar Morghulis would be the winner. Our brewers are also excited to brew a Dubbel, a classic Belgian beer style, and have some great ideas to make this release extra special.”
As detailed in the release, the label art will feature the two-headed coin, given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, one of the “Faceless Men of Braavos” – legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearance at will. Each cork will be fire-branded with “Valar Dohaeris,” which is the traditional response phrase to “Valar Morghulis” meaning “all men must serve.”
Brewery Ommegang expects "Valar Morghulis" to be available nationally this fall. The beer follows three previous best-selling brews - Fire and Blood Red Ale (2014), Iron Throne Blonde Ale (2013) and Take The Black Stout (2013).
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