Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) and HBO Global Licensing have announced that they will commemorate the final season of Game of Thrones with the release of Hand of the Queen Barleywine Ale in April as the first installment in the Royal Reserve Collection.
To ensure that you experience the final episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones series with the perfect beers in hand, Brewery Ommegang has established the Royal Reserve Collection to be “a collectible series of four special, limited release beers, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms.” Each of these beers “will be brewed and blended with ingredients selected to match the character and temperament of the chosen hero, designed and brewed as Brewery Ommegang’s interpretation of what a royal brewer might brew for his or her noble master.”
The first release in the Royal Reserve Collection will be Hand of the Queen, a beer brewed for Tyrion Lannister. Widely respected for his ability to “drink and know things”, the wine-loving Tyrion will be properly honored with a “a big, bold barleywine, a beer fit for those who seek knowledge and truth, both great and small.” Clocking in at 11% ABV, the malt-forward Hand of the Queen Barleywine Ale is “an old-world example of the style” that is characterized by notes of brandy-soaked raisins, dark fruit, apricots, molasses and toffee.
“While technically not royalty at all, Tyrion certainly qualifies as a nobleman in our esteem,” says Doug Campbell, President of Brewery Ommegang. “We’ve wanted to brew for Tyrion for six seasons, and we believe his time has come. Knowing his preferences, our beer for Tyrion could only be a barleywine.”
As noted above, Hand of the Queen will be the first of four releases in the Royal Reserve Collection. The remaining three releases will arrive in July, October, and December of 2018. The names and details for those future beers will be made available as their release dates draw closer.
Hand of the Queen will officially release in April with availability in 750ml bottles (suggested retail price of $12.99 each) and on draft. A list of distribution states will be made available in March of 2018, and we will update you with that information just as soon as we have it. Prost!
Vital Information for Hand of the Queen from Brewery Ommegang
Release – Limited/Royal Reserve Collection, April 2018
Style – English-style Barleywine
ABV – 11%
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
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