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Beer Review: Ommegang’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale (@baudais)

For today’s post, we have Alicia B.’s review of the Iron Throne Blonde Ale. Alicia’s a great home-cook who never seizes to impress me with her culinary skills and her obsession with twerking. Keep an eye out for blog posts featuring her kick-ass recipes.

If you are too lazy to read the full review, here’s my 6-second review of the beer. Keep an ear out for the unintentional, but hilariously timed background dialog!

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6.5% ABV | Belgian Pale Ale | 750 ml for ~$12

If you couldn’t tell already, most of us at Sh*t’s Delicious are geeks. We like to geek out about food, drinks, video games, books, television, etc. As a food, beer and fantasy genre geek, I pretty much couldn’t leave Co-op Wines Spirits Beer without Ommegang’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale. I can’t remember how much I paid, but it was in the $12 range.

Ommegang is a microbrewery located near Cooperstown, N.Y. that specializes in crafting Belgian-style ales. It was originally founded in 1997 by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield who eventually sold their share in 2003 to the renowned Belgian brewer Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, brewers of the world-renowned Duvel Golden Ale.

I must admit that I approach collaborations like this with hesitation. I was excited to try this beer with my geeky friends, but I was preparing myself for it to be a mediocre beer that was riding off of the popularity of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series. A limited release that is brewed by Brewery Ommegang in New York, the Iron Throne Blonde Ale is described as being brewed with grains of paradise and lemon peel. It’s a nod to the Lannister family that currently sits on the Iron Throne.

This beer is a lovely golden colour, is slightly cloudy, and is nicely carbonated. It has a nice citrus aroma that was slightly hoppy to my nose. I also detected some spices that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Taste wise, this is an easy drinking beer. It’s slightly tart—you definitely taste the citrus you smell—and pleasantly hoppy, malty, and yeasty. It almost tasted slightly sweet to me, but this was not overwhelming. I enjoyed the flavours best while the beer was nice and cold.

Yes, we tried this beer out of plastic cups. As much as we like to keep things classy, we unfortunately didn’t have access to proper glasses. (Okay, we don’t always keep things classy!)

Ommegang’s next beer in this series will be a Take the Black Stout, a stout that’s a nod to the Night’s Watch. I’ll be excited to try this one as the leaves turn yellow and the temperature drops.

Enjoy!

Links we liked: Canadian microbreweries mapped

Plan your cross-Canada road trip with this map. [link]

[Beer] Discoveries in Kiwiland: Monkey Wizard Wheat Ale

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One of the greatest joys of traveling for me is stumbling upon random food-related discoveries that turn out to be awesome. Ryan, Jobe, and I were on our way to kayaking in the Abel Tasman national park for a day when I saw this micro-brewery by the roadside. It was 7am in the morning, so naturally it was closed (I guess kiwis aren’t the chronic alcoholics that Brits are). However, never the one to pass up an opportunity to check out hidden discoveries, I made sure we stopped there on our way back.

Monkey Wizard Brewery is located in the village of Riwaka, about 40-50 min. drive from the town of Nelson where we were staying. The area is apparently well known for having excellent water and is ideal for growing both apples and hops. Indeed, we drove by several apple orchards on our way to Abel Tasman. The micro-brewery was  a butcher’s shop in the past that has been converted to a brewery. Apparently, the brewery hand-crafts beer in the time-honoured “single step infusion mashing technique” that was popular in turn-of-the-century UK. I don’t know what the fuck that means, but it sure sounds cool and micro-brewerish.

Anyways, on to the wheat beer. I suppose the closest equivalent to it would be BigRock Brewery’s Grasshopper. Wizard’s wheat ale though was very different from Grasshopper. It was more tangy than the ‘hopper and had a reddish tinge instead of the traditional golden hue that I have come to associate with wheat ales. I personally didn’t find it as tasty or refreshing as Grasshopper but Ryan seemed to really enjoy it and thought it was better than the latter.  It also seemed to lack any defining finish and seemed quite flat.

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The “flatness” likely comes from the bottle conditioning the beer goes through, but in this case, it doesn’t really do anything for me. The beer overall lacked any strong characteristics or defining flavours…

So my first foray into the Kiwi microbrewery scene wasn’t that exciting. That’s fine as we got to tour a few of the great wineries in the Marlborough region of South Island. Stay tuned for more updates on that front!

Till then, sit tight mofos!