Iron Throne Blonde Ale, get in me
By Winter Is Coming on in Merchandise.

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

  1. Grijnwaald
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, I won’t be getting my mitts on one of these beauties!

  2. Quinn Snake
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    The Beer will be available @ the HBO store (online) ?
    I’m not in the USA!

  3. JamieUSM
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Us Brits like our ales, is it going to be available here?

  4. Bryan Cogman
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Yeah. It’s amazing.

  5. Lex
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    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.

  6. Nicholas
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    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.

  7. Adria
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    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.

  8. LordNoga1981
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

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

  9. Winter Is Coming
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    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.

  10. Adria
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Quinn Snake,

    Where did you see that it’s available at the HBO store? I don’t think they’re selling on their website.

  11. Vee
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    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.

  12. Adria
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    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.

  13. Card of Doom
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    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.

  14. Lex
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Adria,

    I can’t get anything out of the store locator either… but I’m searching for Canada.

  15. Omar Brown
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Gosh, they need to include this in the box set.
    “Special Edition, for drinking your sorrows away!”

  16. Card of Doom
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    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.

  17. Adria
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    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

  18. Dark Star
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    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!

  19. Allison
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    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.

  20. Card of Doom
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    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.

  21. Card of Doom
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    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…

  22. nymeria44
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    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.

  23. Isabelle
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    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!

  24. Frey Pie
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    How long is this brew supposed to be available?

  25. Dave Brownell
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    im a little upset to see they arent releasing it in Canada… what balls

  26. Jim Cross
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    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

  27. Wrath of the Gods
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    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.

  28. Rygar
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi. My name is Rygar and I am an alcoholic.

  29. WildSeed
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    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 ” (:

  30. Jackie
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    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.

  31. Adria
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    Hi Rygar!

  32. idkk
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Card of Doom,

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

  33. greg
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I live in NYC and I just bought 2 bottles for 9.99 each

  34. Jason
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    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

  35. The Onion Knight
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    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.

  36. Patchy Face
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    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

  37. Starfish
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    NEW SEASON 3 PREVIEW UP WHOOT WHOOT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCQnSokNfXY

    CRY WITH ME PEOPLE

  38. S money
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Quick! Someone go to http://www.thechive.com they have a game of thrones- cat look alike section. I can’t email or submit it to WiC because I’m at work and this is my iPhone!!!!!

  39. John-Michael
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Dave Brownell:
    im a little upset to see they arent releasing it in Canada… what balls

    We are north of the wall, what did you expect. :(

  40. Ser Sleez
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    Does anyone else find it ironic that they’re releasing it on Sunday? Damn blue laws…

  41. Mike
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Dave Brownell,

    they will be releasing it in canada actually. they had a review on it in the toronto star (iirc) and they mentioned it would be released here

  42. John-Michael
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Mike,

    Thank the old gods and the new!

  43. Dan
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    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.

  44. Matt Chung
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Bryan Cogman,

    Am I the only one who gets a little bit excited when I see this guy post? BRYAN HAVE MY BABIES

  45. Juego de tronos
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I want to taste that

  46. Queenofthorns
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    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.

  47. Pieter
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    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!

  48. The White Raven
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    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?

  49. Ffiferoo
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    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!

  50. Anne
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    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/

  51. DaveB
    Posted March 17, 2013 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    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!

  52. katana
    Posted March 17, 2013 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Man, I wish Ommegang would sell the tulip glasses on their website. :[

  53. Kristen Weaver
    Posted March 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    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!

  54. Anne
    Posted March 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    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!

  55. Greg
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    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.

  56. Nick
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    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!!

  57. Iliana Linares
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    greg,

    Where in New York City did you buy Iron Throne and when?

  58. Iliana Linares
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Nick,

    Where did you buy them

  59. Craig
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    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

  60. Roger
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    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….

  61. Gina
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Card of Doom,

    I live 3 hours from the brewery and can’t find it!

  62. Kristen Weaver
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    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.

  63. Bryan
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I have a full case plus a bottle if anyone is interested. email me at pimpadelic1999@yahoo.com

  64. bry
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    I seem to have a full case still.

  65. Tony
    Posted May 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I have a few bottles for sale in full/sealed condition.
    Contact me at cainsfury@aol.com

  66. daeneresladyboner
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Mike,

    I’ve been looking for it since April 1st. No dice. :(

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