By Chris Wright
on 12.19.12
Photo by Ommegang

Chalk up another gimmick that we’re head over heels lusty after. In the beautiful marriage of fantasy, boobs, political intrigue and swordplay that is Game of Thrones, there’s a new player in town: brew. Ommegang’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale ($9), due out before the show’s season three debut on March 31st, is the first in their series of Game of Thrones Beers. Ommegang is the perfect choice of brewery to concoct our favorite HBO show’s namesake beverage. They have a history of excellence, a small but can’t-miss line of beers, and their symbol looks conspicuously like a coat of arms.

The Iron Throne Blonde Ale won’t be the best beer we’ve ever had, but it will be damn satisfying to pair with the show (even if it’s just all in our heads — damn you marketing!). Blonde Ales are a great spring beer, to boot; Ommegang’s “delicate, but piercing” creation, built upon delectable Noble hops, should bring a smile whether you’re watching White Walkers invade or not. Please, please let the next beer be Joffrey’s Blood Red Ale, which we get to toast to his (please!) gory, painful demise. We promise that’s not a spoiler — just a dream.