Game of Thrones Season 7 is finally here. Over at DIA, we’re all a little emotionally distraught about it. Are we happy and excited? Are we depressed and scared? Who’s going to be the last one sitting in the Iron Throne? Who are they killing off? So many questions that we don’t necessarily want to the know answers to.
All we know is that sh*t is probably going to blow up this season. And we need to emotionally prepare. You should too.
1) Rewatch Season 6. Or at least the finale. Refresh your brain on all the plots, because as you know, there are A LOT. Don’t have enough time? You’re in luck. Someone had (too much) free time and came up with a Season 1-6 recap rap. Yup, recap raps are a thing now. Check it out here.
2) Chat with the Game of Thrones chatbot. Maybe you need something a little more interactive to get you in the right GoT mindset. Hop on Facebook Messenger and catch up with the GoTbot. Talk about the new season, talk about which character you’d rather make out with, talk about your recent break up. The bot is there for you.
3) Get your Game of Thrones merchandise. Drink out of your GoT themed wine glass, while wearing your ‘King of the North’ t-shirt, under your ‘Night’s Watch’ blanket. And don’t forget your Pop! figurines. They need to watch too. Get ’em all here.
4) Make sure you chill your Ommegang Game of Thrones beer. Ommegang has 8 different flavors. Get all of them, or choose depending on which house you support. Don’t forget to serve it in a Night’s Watch glass.
5) Whip up some themed cocktails. Beer not your thing? These themed cocktails will suffice:
Blood of the Dragon 1 750 mL bottle Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva rum
15 oz. lemon juice
10 oz. rosemary thyme simple syrup
5 oz. honey
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl with ice. Ladle into punch glasses. Garnish each glass with sprigs of rosemary and thyme. Serves 20.
Crows’ Old Fashioned
1 oz. Amaro Lucano
2 dashes green chartreuse
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Stir all ingredients with ice and serve in an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with star anise and orange peel.
Most importantly? Enjoy the return of Game of Thrones!
Thanks to Ommegang Brewery, your house will be the one that “sits on the Iron Throne” this summer in Washington D.C. The Game of Thrones Pop Up Bar is coming.
According to Travel & Leisure, the brewery is pulling out all the stops by including everything from swords and dragons, to a real life-size iron throne.
In each “room” of the pop up bar, you can experience a different part of the show’s world, including Dany’s dragons and the Hall of Faces (uh maybe don’t have a drink in there?). And of course, the show’s theme song will be playing the entire time to get you in a Thrones kinda mood.
If that weren’t enough, the bar will allow you to imbibe on signature cocktails like, “What is Dead May Never Die” and “The Lannisters Send Their Regards,” as well as some of Ommegang’s famous GoT brews like “Bend the Knee” and “Three-Eyed Raven.”
The bar opens on June 20th through August 27th and will be open every day, except Sunday because everyone will be home glued to the TV anyway.
But only because you haven’t tried the new Game of Thrones beer, Bend the Knee yet.
This golden ale, that finishes with a “firm hop bitterness,” joins Ommegang’s Take the Black stout, Fire & Blood red ale, Valar Morghulis dubbel, Valar Dohaeris tripel, and Three-Eyed Raven dark saison.
The best part about Bend the Knee, besides the fact that it’ll be available for consumption before the GoT premiere in the spring, is that it cones in three versions:
Do you ever find yourself getting bored with your go-to booze? When you’ve grown tired of that mundane drink order, we’ll be here to walk you through what’s new and noteworthy this week:
The GoT waiting game just got a whole lot more serious
As if the wait until April 8th couldn’t amass more suspense, another factor just upped the ante; Brewery Ommegang has just announced the latest addition to its renowned Game of Thrones themed beer series. This beer, the sixth of the bunch, will be called Seven Kingdoms, and is described as a Hoppy Wheat. The combination of traditional Belgian-style wheat and hop-forward American ale creates a pleasant, citrusy flavor with a fruity aroma. It clocks in at 6.9% ABV, and will be available in 750 mL bottles starting in March 2016 for a limited time.
2 Towns Ciderhouse welcomes winter
Congratulations, you made it to the winter solstice. 2 Town Ciderhouse clearly thought this was enough reason to celebrate, and released its latest Limited Release cider: The Dark Currant. It mixes the classic apple flavor with Black Currants, adding in complex tannins, high acidity, and earthy flavors. You’ll definitely be able to taste hints of cherry in this one, along with rose and light wood. This will be a great cider to keep around through the holiday season.
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Whiskey and beer may or may not be more important than pretty much everything else in life. And the Louisville distillery Copper & Kings knows it. They’ve partnered with local brewery Against the Grain, to distill 200 gallons of its acclaimed Bo & Luke imperial smoked stout. However, they’re combining a couple different processes to do this, including the process used to distill brandy. We can’t tell exactly what will result from this endeavor, but this will absolutely be an interesting product to watch once it hits shelves.
There’s an app for that
Alcohol delivery, purchase, and rating apps are aplenty in this, the age of technology. However, there seems to be hole in this area when it comes to wine. There has yet to be an efficient app that lets us buy wine from the convenience of our smartphones. Until now. Banquet is “the world’s largest wine store,” an app that promises a seamless experience. So, when the couch gets a little too comfortable, or when there simply aren’t enough hours in a day, give it a try and let us know how it goes.