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Iron Throne Blonde Ale, get in me

Iron Throne Blonde AleBrewery Ommegang and HBO were kind enough to send me a sample of their Game of Thrones beer aka Iron Throne Blonde Ale. I cracked open a bottle and enjoyed it while watching “The North Remembers”.

My three word review: it is delicious. I’m no beer enthusiast, but I like to think I know a good beer when I taste one and this is quality. It is crisp, refreshing and a little bit sweet. It also will get you pretty drunk. TODAY has a slightly more eloquent review.

The beer is scheduled to officially go on sale on March 31, but there have been reports of it popping up in stores already. You can use Ommegang’s store locator to find places near you that may carry it.

Winter Is Coming: If you are able to snag a bottle, let us know what you think in the comments!

69 Comments

  • I’m a big beer fan, and have been getting more serious about it lately (trying all kinds of new craft beers). I really, really hope this comes to my neck of the woods.

  • Big time beer enthusiast and big time Martin enthusiast, I can’t wait until I get my hands on this. Last year we did a lot of mead and mulled wine for our Feast of Thrones day, this year it will have to be this.

  • That store locator on the Ommegang website is useless. Says the Iron Throne ale is not available anywhere in the US and when I try to find just stores that sell Ommegang beers I get a bunch of bars and hotels.

  • How much? Probably ridiculous like 15-20 bucks a bottle. Already heard it was pricey. Ill ask for my bday.

  • Adria:
    That store locator on the Ommegang website is useless. Says the Iron Throne ale is not available anywhere in the US and when I try to find just stores that sell Ommegang beers I get a bunch of bars and hotels.

    I don’t think the locator has had the Iron Throne Blonde Ale info added to it yet. And it is possible that there aren’t any stores near you that sell Ommegang, because I get quite a few when I search.

    LordNoga1981:
    How much? Probably ridiculous like 15-20 bucks a bottle. Already heard it was pricey. Ill ask for my bday.

    $8.99 for a 750ml bottle, I believe.

  • It is crisp, refreshing and a little bit sweet. It also will get you pretty drunk.

    If a beer had this descriptor on the label, I’d buy it on principle alone.

    Now I wait for it to turn up in my neck of the woods.

  • Winter Is Coming,

    Tried it again with some specific beers rather than the general Ommegang beers option. Still get mostly bar and hotels when I know of two stores not on their map that sell Ommegang. And if the Iron Throne info hasn’t been added yet, then why is there even a choice for looking up that beer? Again, useless store locator.

  • Winter Is Coming,

    If you’re right then this will be the cheapest beer Ommegang has ever made.
    They are in upstate NY and all of their beers I have tried are amazing but they are very pricey.
    I am just outside of Boston and bigger stores have wide selections of Ommegang but no Iron Throne Blonde yet. Its probably easier to find in NY.

  • I just tested the locator out using a bunch of NY zip codes and the only place that it comes up as actually being available is in Cooperstown, NY – probably at the brewery itself.
    It isn’t supposed to be out until the end of the month so the locator is probably working correctly and Iron Throne ale is listed on there because it is available in at least one location.

    The closest city of any size only has 66,000 people and its an hour drive away from the brewery…and they don’t have it yet either.

  • Card of Doom,

    And yet I’ve found a couple of online liquor stores (Binny’s Beverages, Total Wine) in various states that are selling it just by doing a web search. So far only in store pickup not in my state. I’m going to have to call around to liquor stores in my city.

    It’s like they don’t want me to have it! *sad face

  • Ommegang lists a dozen locations that sell their products where I live (Savannah, GA), and one is a place I frequent, so hopefully they will carry the Iron Throne Blonde Ale. I should call and request it; I imagine that sort of consumer demand would help to have it distributed widely.

    Get thee on the phones, everyone!

  • Adria,

    Ommegang’s beer finder is still populating. It takes a day or so once a store or bar stocks up for their information to reach the database so please keep checking back on the site to find a location near you.

  • Adria,

    I tried looking at their site’s and I found plenty of Ommegang but no Iron Throne for pick up in Norwalk, CY (closest to me).
    Maybe you searched a different way than I did

    Either way my point is that the chances of finding it are somewhere close to 0.
    It is cool that they have a locator on the site that I think will be very useful once the actual release date hits.

  • Winter Is Coming,

    Have you reached out to HBO to see if they plan on partnering with any wine companies?
    I could see Sour Dornish Red’s and Arbor Gold’s being big sellers.
    Maybe they will do that if the beer sells enough…

  • Binny’s has in it the chicagoland area. We bought 2 bottles at the first Binny’s because they said there was a 2 bottle limit. We went to another Binny’s and they said there was no limit so we bought 6 more. We are waiting for the season premiere to taste it.

  • Card of Doom,

    I’d be up for some wine, especially whichever vintage Cersei was enjoying during Blackwater. If a wine could get a person through an attack from Stannis, it must be decent (or just very strong)! : ) Blackwater Bordeaux–a striking, full-bodied red with a touch of wildness.

    Bryan Cogman:
    Yeah.It’s amazing.

    Hello Bryan!

  • I’m assuming with all of our lame liquor laws in the US that we won’t be getting it on the west coast, however if wines are created we will totally be in

  • Card of Doom,

    I’m actually just outside of Boston myself and I’ve been calling around the past few days. Found one place that says they should be ordering some, but other than that it’s hard to come by.

  • Vee: If a beer had this descriptor on the label, I’d buy it on principle alone.

    Now I wait for it to turn up in my neck of the woods.

    The ” crisp and refreshing …. and a little bit sweet ” comment, had me considering
    ” Martinelli’s Apple Cider ” (:

  • I’ve been checking the locator and the only place I’ve seen it so far is Dallas (after seeing @BreweryOmmegang retweet that a bar in E. Dallas was carrying it). So it does work but I’m guessing it’s just not rolled out yet! Called my local store in SF though, and they said they would request it… fingers crossed.

  • I had a bottle last night in Chicago. Its actually not bad. I am not a fan of the style though so I am not sure If I am the best judge. I normallly stick to darker beers like stouts and porters. The guy promoting it said if it does well they could release 2 styles a season. Fingers crossed

  • I managed to get 6 bottles of this yesterday and have finished all 6 by the time I have published this comment and I must say from the opinion of a beer enthusiast that this is a terrific blonde ale and definitely scores 8/10 on my scale.

  • Bryan Cogman,

    Hail, Mr. Cogman –
    Bet I won’t get the lovely GoT glasses with my bottle like you did!
    SO looking forward to your episode (and all others) in S3. Thank you for your work.
    Chugalug

  • Wrath of the Gods: Card of Doom,

    I’m actually just outside of Boston myself and I’ve been calling around the past few days. Found one place that says they should be ordering some, but other than that it’s hard to come by.

    I know every Kappy’s should have them soon

    idkk: Card of Doom,

    IDK, most of their beers are in that price range ($10 max)

    I know thy are usually $10+ but I expected the limited edition to be more expensive. Glad to hear it will be reasonable.

  • The brewpub near where I live has two GoT themeed beers on tap, the dragon queen and the halfman. Dunno if they’d get I trouble for copyright issues so I won’t identify them. ;)

    Tried them both a couple weeks ago. The dragon queen was really unique, very floral, not too hoppy, sweet and almost like a mead. It was 11% ABV, i think. and came in an 8oz glass. The closest thing I’ve had to it is the Midas touch from dogfish head.

    The halfman was a not particularly interesting blonde ale, lightly flavored, with little hops.

  • I live in belgium. Since ommegang is owned by duvel-moortgat, i like to believe that i drink game of throne beers all year long :-).
    And don’t have to pay as much!

  • Is there any way at all that I can get one of these in Ireland in time for the St. Patrick’s Day parade tomorrow?

  • I live in Albany, NY, so not too far from Cooperstown, and I was able to pick some up today – it was about $9.50 a bottle. Just opened one up and it’s very, very nice. We’ll definitely be getting some more for the premier dinner party!

    Hope everyone gets to try it soon!

  • I have this awesome Beer store right in my neighborhood called The Craft Beer Outlet that sells imported beer from all over the world, in addition to a ton of domestic microbrews. seriously, the place is awesome, you can buy mix-n-match six packs, single bottles, cases, etc. and they have EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING. I stopped in after work because I wanted to pick up a few different Irish beers for tomorrow, and to ask if they were going to stock The Iron Throne ale. So I walk in, and the conversation goes like this:

    Salesman: Hi! Is there something I can help you with?
    Me: Yeah, I wanted to ask if you are going to be carrying this beer….
    Salesman: (cuts me off) Game of Thrones Beer? yes, we will, we’re getting it in next Thursday.
    Me: OMG, yes, that was what I was going to ask you for! how did you know…????
    Salesman: Because you look all black metal in your Dark Funeral jacket and I could just tell you were into Game Of Thrones…and don’t worry, we’re going to have plenty of it, so come back on Thursday!

    don’t know how being a metalhead tipped him off to being a Game Of Thrones fan..but he really freaked me out, haha.

    Anyway, if you live in the Philadelphia area, here is the website:

    http://craftbeeroutlet.com/

  • Good to know, Anne! I’m in Philly as well, and my neighborhood beer store doesn’t carry anything Ommegang (which is strange…they have such a great selection of craft beers).

    I figure the Foodery (and the new Corner Foodery in Center City) will be getting them in as well.

    I love living in such a great beer town!

  • My local beer/wine cellar in VA is already a distributor for them and they told me shortly after the announcement they were going to try and get some. Now just waiting with fingers crossed that they do!

  • DaveB,

    I did notice yesterday that this store did have a BIG selection of Ommegang beers, if you care to venture there. And I still can’t believe I actually have this store right in my neighborhood, and don’t have to go downtown or travel far to acquire the beer that I’ve had the great fortune to try abroad in my many travels! I can tell you that 20 years ago, it was A LOT harder to find such great selections of imported beers in this city, but these days there are so many pubs and craft stores popping up that are specializing in carrying large selections of beer on their everyday menu, so yeah, it HAS turned into a great beer town!

  • Adria,

    The reason the Ommegang beer finderdoesn’t show it anywhere is it is only just being to arrive in stores. Give it a few days and it usuallyworks really well.

  • Just picked up several bottles yesterday in my local craft beer shop. Haven’t tried it yet (We will crack them open tomorrow night when we get together for our weekly game of thrones board game party), but the guys at the beer shop said they liked it. The bottles were $7.99 each, which is in line with their Abbey Ale pricing in most places. However, the alcohol content is only 6.5% which is very low for Ommegang brews. That may explain the cheaper price, I don’t know!

    Now, if I can just find a set of thoat awesome Game of Thrones Ommegang glassware, that would be great!!

  • Wrath of the Gods: Card of Doom, I’m actually just outside of Boston myself and I’ve been calling around the past few days. Found one place that says they should be ordering some, but other than that it’s hard to come by.

    I am also near Boston… what store did you contact? I know Julio’s has a large selection, and hoping they will have it

  • Here in the Red Waste of Oklahoma I can’t find it anywhere. Told the store owner I would go Khal Drogo on him if they didn’t get in any. He just looked at me….

  • I have had the amazing fortune to get my hands on 1 of only 60 bottles in my entire state and then by some divine intervention by the Old Gods I also found a a place right down the street in a tiny town with it on TAP and got 2 growlers full! It is 1 of only 3 places with it on tap in the state and it is wonderful! It has a great floral aroma and a full flavor of hops and a smooth finish, it is also great with a cut of orange. I can not express how fortunate I feel. I thought for sure living in VA that I would not have a chance, but the gods are good.