Looking at the geeky calendar, Game Of Thrones Season 7 will be premiering on July 17. But before that, we have another event many of you need to worry about: Father's Day.
Normally we would just pass this over and get dad a necktie with a Star Trek logo on it and some breakfast at a place that isn't a Village Inn, but there are times where you should show your pa a little extra love. If he happens to be a GoT fan, then we have something awesome that can tie the two together. Game Of Thrones Beer!
Now this isn't some ordinary beer that you can find at the liquor store, this is craft beer made by Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown, New York. The company has actually been working with HBO for some time now producing several specific flavors of beer. I got to try out the Valar Morghulis and Valar Dohaeris over the holidays when those shipped out for Christmas, and now I get to try out their latest endeavor called Bend The Knee.
The beer comes in one of three collectible 750 ml. corked bottles with a black exterior. While all the same flavor, they're catered to one of three houses in the show: House Stark, House Lannister, and House Targaryen. This particular brew is at a 9% ABV, but it pours, smells and tastes like a light beer.
When you pour you're going to get a decent head, let it sit for a few as it settles and takes shape in the glass (thank you to HBO for the custom glass, as well). Much like some of their other Game Of Thrones beers, this one will have a fruity taste, but it still will hit you when it goes down. It was smooth going down and left very little aftertaste, much more citrus than you would expect, with a honey-like coating that will leave you with a smile.
Ommegang recommended pairing this particular beer with items like roasted or grilled chicken, seafood, grilled stakes and aged swiss cheese. I tried one of these bottles with some food over a private dinner and another drinking with some friends. The food is a nice suggestion and I find the chicken complimented the food better than seafood. However, to me, this is a sharing beer.
This is not just something you pull out next to the stuff you snagged from the grocery store. This is the kind of beer you hold onto for an upcoming special occasion and have a good drink with a couple of friends. Sure, you can drink it by yourself on your personal iron throne, but this is a beer to be experienced by several at once. Bring together a court of your most trusted and share in the pleasures.
I highly recommend trying the Game Of Thrones beers as a whole, but as a lone beer, Bend The Knee is a fine addition to the line they have. If you're looking for something that dad will appreciate, even if he isn't a fan of the show but enjoys a good craft beer, you can't really go wrong with this. And it makes for a lovely gift to watch the season premiere with, too.