As fans of ‘Game of Thrones’ become desperate with the series embarking on its final arc, Ommegang has a beer that will calm the nerves and brighten your spirit.
After tasting the beer, we can confirm that Bend the Knee Golden Ale pairs perfectly with the series as it is a full flavor beer that is light enough to enjoy with friends as you watch and discuss the Iron Throne and the hint of honey gives the beer a Middle Ages flare that Tyrion Lannister would be proud of. The beer even has the attitude of Arya Stark as it is deceptively strong at 9.0% ABV.
According to Ommegang, on May 22, Bend the Knee will be released on draft and in a series of three collectible 750ml bottles, all finished in matte black and adorned with one of the three Great House sigils: Stark, Targaryen, or Lannister. The brewery recommends pairing your beer with a wide variety of food, including seafood and shellfish, roasted or grilled chicken, grilled steaks, and aged Swiss-style cheeses.
“With this next Game of Thrones-inspired release, we wanted a beer and a pack that was fit for a king… or a queen,” said Brewery Ommegang President, Doug Campbell. “Drawing from a rich Belgian brewing tradition, Golden Strong Ales are deceptive due to their unique combination of extreme drinkability and relatively high alcohol content. Bend the Knee walks that line, while also incorporating the delicate flavors of honey into the mix. The subtle noble and floral hop contribution add to its delicateness, and the beer finishes smooth and dry.”
What’s in the beer:
Bend the Knee is brewed with pils malt and flaked oats and hopped with Saaz, Bravo, and Styrian Golding hops. It pours a golden hue with a large, frothy head. Both the aroma and flavor mix maltiness and citrus from the hops, while Ommegang’s signature house yeast produces prominent fruitiness. Wildflower honey added during fermentation provides light sweetness to the beer, which finishes dry and with firm hop bitterness.
‘Game of Thrones’ returns to HBO on July 16 for a seventh season.