People throw around the term “geek” pretty easily, especially when it comes to this site. But, in the end, “geek” simply means a person who is passionate about something in particular and that something, could be, well, anything. Fromcomics to fashion to science (I’m looking at you Neil deGrasse Tyson) the list goes on and on. But sometimes, those “spheres of geek” intersect in the most unexpected and liquid way. This is where I come in.
In this inaugural article for “Geek on the Rocks” I am going to explore the wonderful world of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime mashed into the world of alcohol. Whether it’s steampunk and craft beer or zombies and cocktails, if it’s out there I’m going to talk about it, and, well, probably drink it. You’ll be surprised whose getting really snookered in wormholes.
Let’s begin in TV land and the fantasy worlds of HBO. I am beginning to wonder if the HBO marketing department has a dehydration problem, because they seem to love beverages and hit TV shows. First, they licensed the Sopranos name to wine ; then, they released “Tru Blood “Blood Orange soda in conjunction with True Blood. HBO newest thirst quencher on the market is with the current hit Game of Thrones.
HBO teamed up with Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY to release a series of brews inspired by the families in Game of Thrones. “Iron Throne”, a blonde ale, is the first of the series to be released. It is described on the Ommegang website as a “…piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops. Iron Throne is certainly fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.” Sounds pretty fancy, but how does it taste?
This blonde ale has a hazy, gold coloring with solid lacing in the glass. It has a wonderful bready, citrus smell with hints of spice and funk. So far, this beer has all the tell tale signs of a Belgian Pale Ale. It is has a dry start, with a nice combination of lemon, peppery, and grassy notes with a light to medium body. It finishes clean, with just the right amount of hop bitterness and leaves you refreshed with its good amount of carbonation.
Now, you might be thinking that they are just slapping a label on a beer and hoping for beer and fantasy nerds to just drink up, but think again. Brewery Ommegang, makers of fine Belgian style beers, has been operating since 1997 with many craft beer awards under its belt. Basically, they ain’t gonna produce poop. Don’t just believe me: look at their strong scores this beer has been getting on the BeerAdvocate and RateBeer websites.
It will be interesting to see how Ommegang will continue to interpret the series with its brews, but I doubt this will be the last of HBO hit shows and liquor. To tell you the truth, I’m still secretly waiting for “Boardwalk Empire Bathtub Gin.” Get on that HBO (you’re welcome).
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