Just in time for the Season 4 premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones," Brewery Ommegang has once again created a deliciously-themed beer tied to one of the series' major characters.
Called "Fire and Blood Red Ale," this newest brew is named after the fiery pets owned by Khaleesi (Daenerys Targaryen), the "Mother of Dragons." According to a release by Ommegang, "Fire and Blood" is made with "pilsner, spelt, rye and other specialty malts. It's hopped with Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops and spiced with ancho chilies for additional complexity."
"Once again, we really worked hard to ensure the beer tied nicely into the themes of the show," said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang. "Obviously the use of ancho chilies pays homage to the dragons, but the use of rye and spelt wheat links back to the Dothraki people that Daenerys is leading – they are nomads of the plains and these are the grains that would be well at home there."
Last month, Leinhart revealed that Ommegang was initially hesitant about partnering with HBO on a beer for the series.
"They contacted us, you know. We didn't go searching for them," he shared. "There was initially some hesitation, even on my part. I was concerned it was going to be too commercial and seen as too gimmicky and all that. But the more I learned about HBO and the show and how we were going to be doing these beers, I saw it as an opportunity to create even more beers than we normally do as far as specialties and one-offs. From a brewing standpoint, it's been nothing but allowing us more creativity."
Look for "Fire and Blood Red Ale" to swoop in early next spring.