Mother’s Mercy – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout to return this fall

Yesterday, Mike Snider from USA Today announced that our fall Game of Thrones-inspired release is a return of both Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout, the first two beers in our collaborative beer series with HBO. The beers will be available on draft, in single 750ml bottles, and also in limited edited gift packs that include a bottle of each beer plus a glass. You should start to see the beer and gift packs at the end of September.

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Please note: Ommegang is currently not distributed in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout and the gift packs will not be for sale in these states. Ommegang beers are only exported to a few provinces of Canada at the moment so this release will only be available outside of the United States in British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. There is not currently a release date set for Canada. We’re working with our distributor there and we’ll update this post when we have one.

It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot do any online orders. We sell the beer from the brewery to distributors in each state who then sell to retailers (bars, grocery stores and other locations). There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those here as they come in.

Below is the press release with all the details about the release.
Cheers!
Allison

Mother’s Mercy – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout to return this fall
HBO® and Brewery Ommegang to re-release first two beers in popular Game of Thrones® collaboration

 (COOPERSTOWN, NY) While in Westeros it remains very much uncertain who will ultimately rule the Seven Kingdoms, fans of Brewery Ommegang and the hit HBO show Game of Thrones are going to enjoy something not seen since the merry rule of King Joffrey – Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout. The two first brews in the collaboration series, much like Jorah Mormont, are back just when fans thought they were gone forever. Both beers will be re-released this fall on draft, in single 750ml bottles and in a first-ever collectible gift pack featuring a bottle of each and a commemorative Game of Thrones glass.

“We heard from so many fans who were disappointed about missing the first two Game of Thrones beers,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. “The popularity of the beers has grown right alongside the popularity of the show, and we are thrilled to give these first two brews a second turn in the spotlight.”

When it was originally released in 2013, Iron Throne Blonde Ale was brewed at only 25% of the volume of the most recent beer, Three-Eyed Raven, which hit stores this spring timed to Season 5 of the show. Bottle shops across the country sold out in days, while bars poured through kegs in hours. Take the Black Stout was brewed at twice the volume of Iron Throne and still sold out quickly. Fans who missed out on both of these popular brews, and those who can’t wait to try them again, will finally have a chance this fall.

“We had no idea what the reaction to a Game of Thrones beer would be when this all started,” said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang.  “We were blown away by the runaway success of these first two beers and are very excited to give loyal fans another chance to enjoy them.”

Iron Throne Blonde Ale has a slightly hazy golden amber hue. The head is full and fluffy. The finish is crisp, backed by a touch of spice and hops. The aroma is a bit grassy with a hint of lemon fruitiness from the lemon peel. The taste is lightly malty, rounded by honey malt sweetness. Iron Throne Blonde Ale is 6.5% ABV.

Take the Black Stout is deep black in hue, with a full tan head. Aromas include dark chocolate, caramel malt, earthy hops, and a touch of fruitiness. Tastes include chocolate, dark coffee, and rich malt character. The beer has light, balanced roastiness aroma and taste. The clean hop bitterness converges with a slight woody character and spiciness. The finish offers sweet malt character giving way to spicy, earthy, hop bitterness. Take the Black Stout is 7.0% ABV.

The two beers will be available nationally in late September on draft, in 750ml bottles, and also in limited edition gift packs featuring a bottle of each beer plus a newly designed glass featuring the Ommegang and Game of Thrones logos in gold. Suggested retail price for the individual bottles is $9.99 and $22.99 for the gift pack.

 

Innovation Beers at BCTC 2015

Innovation Manager Mike McManus and the staff brewers have had a busy year developing new beers on the brewery’s pilot system and seven of their test brews will be available for sampling at BCTC on Saturday.

As these are test brews, only one or two sixtels of each beer are available. There isn’t a set schedule for tapping on Saturday so swing by the Ommegang table a couple of times during the tasting to see what new beer is rotating through the Innovation Tap.

Table beer (3.7% abv): Supremely drinkable Saison. Herbal and citrus aroma, notably lemon.

Motueka Hennepin (7.2% abv): Hennepin with late addition and dry-hopping. Lemon/Lime, noble spice, light fruit.

Hoppy Wheat (7% abv): Punchy American hop aromas married with Ommegang house yeast character. Creamy mouthfeel.

Double IPA (8.9% abv): Massive hop aroma and flavor. Tropical, strawberry, tart citrus. Mosaic, Mandarina, Centennial and others.

Oak-Aged Gnomegang (10.8% abv): Gnomegang blonde ale aged in Cooperstown Distilling whisky barrels. Big barrel character, vanilla, orange.

Funky Saison (6% abv):  Crisp, funky, tart. Lemon and lime. Dry hopped w/ Motueka

Raspberry/Cherry Black Ale (6.2% abv): Smooth Belgian black ale aged w/ Raspberry and Cherry puree. Huge juicy, tart fruit.

BID 2015 Tripel

Today, Belgians celebrate 184 years of independence and we’re celebrating right along with them! What better way to toast their independence than with beer, specifically our new Belgian Independence Day 2015, a dry-hopped tripel. This 9.2% ABV ale is dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, a hop noted for its citrusy tangerine flavor and aroma.

BID 2015 Tripel pours golden with a slight copper hue, a pure white head, fine carbonation, and great lacing. The aroma is sweetly fruity with Ommegang yeast spiciness. Hop aroma is well integrated while aromas of banana, bubblegum, apricot, tangerine, orange peel, and melon blend with a lightly bready malt character, and just a bit of spiciness peeks through. The taste is honeyed malt, sweet underlying citrus character, bready malt, and gentle spiciness. The finish is dry with lingering citrus and fruit.

BID 2015 Tripel pairs well with ratatouille, risotto, salami, and wild game. Available now on draft and in 750 bottles throughout the Ommegang distribution network.

Cheers and Happy Belgian Independence Day!

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Brewer Ryan adding Mandarina Bavaria hops.

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BID 2015, dry-hopped tripel.

Visiting Ommegang: Tour Regulations and Cafe Information, Summer 2015

UPDATE (8/20): Our tour program is on hold for a bit but the visitor’s center is open from 11am to 6pm daily for tastings, cafe service, and shopping in the brewery store. The cafe is also open for dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 6-9PM. Dinner reservations are available here.

We’re off to a bit of a rainy start to the summer season but the hops are LOVING it. And we’re happy to say the rain isn’t keeping visitors away! Thanks to everyone who’s come to see us so far this year.

We expect to welcome nearly 85,000 visitors this year between our concert-goers, attendees for BCTC and our other events, and those stopping in for a flight, a bite, a tour, or a tasting. We enjoy meeting new friends from across the globe, and sharing our story and our beer with everyone who makes the journey to Ommegang.

Are you coming to see us this summer? Here’s some updated information about visiting Ommegang.

We are open daily from 11 am to 6 pm for tours, tastings, cafe service, and for shopping in the brewery store. We are closed for BCTC (August 7-8), concerts (July 24, July 26, July 31, August 1, August 15, August 16) and occasionally for other special events. Closings are posted on Facebook, on our website, and they are also on our phone message when you call 607-544-1800.

At the brewery, we run tours on the hour and tastings on the half hour. Tours are FREE and tastings are $5 per person and include a souvenir tasting glass. You must be at least 5 years old to take the tour and 21 years old to participate in a tasting. Tours and tastings fill up fast so we recommend getting to the brewery early to make sure you get a spot. Tours and tastings are limited to 20 people for each time slot.

Last summer we introduced new safety regulations for our tours.

  • No bare shoulders.
  • No open toe shoes.
  • No items in shirt pockets.
  • No dangly jewelry.

Coming to see us but only have a tank top? Do you only wear sandals in the summer? Not a problem! We have clean, short-sleeve work shirts, stylish CROCS, and disposable socks that we’re happy to lend to you for the tour.

These clothing requirements are for the safety of our guests, our staff, our brewery, and our beer. We appreciate your adherence to these policies.

Want to have a meal at Ommegang? We do that too! Here are a few things to know about our  communal dining café:

  • Your entire party must be present before seating.
  • We do not sit parties larger than 14 and we do not split checks for parties larger than seven.
  • If you are here with your children, please order for them to avoid double orders and double charges.
  • Please don’t move tables or seats after ordering. This will help expedite your service.
  • If you are going to enjoy a tour or tasting while you’re here, please don’t leave your children behind! Kids may not be left unattended at a café table or anywhere else on the brewery grounds. They must be supervised at all times for their safety and the safety of all guests and our staff.

Still have questions? Email info@ommegang.com and we’ll do our best to assist you. We look forward to seeing you at Brewery Ommegang this summer. Cheers!