Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York has released information about its fourth Game of Thrones tribute beer — named Valar Morghulis — and it is not for the meek-hearted: “All men must die,” the label states in the fictional language of Valyrian. The ale is for those thirsty for the taste of sweet revenge. While the possibility of controlling the Iron Throne is out of reach for the average beer drinker, Valar Morghulis might quench the vengeance-curiosity of Game Of Thrones viewers as soon as this fall. Brewery Ommegang says that Valar Dohaeris will be available both on draft and in corked bottles.
Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series presented by HBO. The series which has now inspired four beers is an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. The series is filmed in a Belfast studio and across the “Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.” In real life, beer drinkers might know the countryside territories better as Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland, and Morocco.
Valar Morghulis joins Iron Throne Blonde Ale, Take the Black Stout, and Fire and Blood Red Ale. Of the beers produced by Brewery Ommegang, Valar Morghulis is the first to wear a label chosen by HBO viewers and Game of Thrones’ Facebook followers. In December, the brand asked fans to pick which of four beer options they’d like to taste next. Valar Morghullis beat out Seven Kingdoms (Tripel), Hand of the King (Quad) and Khal (Quad).
According to Hero Complex, “Valar morghulis” is not only the High Valyrian phrase meaning “All men must die,” but also the tagline for the fourth season. Brewery Ommegang describes the brewed taste of vengeance as “a Belgian-style Dubbel” that was “chosen to capture the sweetness of revenge as well as the dangerous consequences that come with it.” Each cork in every exquisitely designed bottle of Valar Morghulis is fire-branded with the phrase, “Valar Dohaeris.” The phrase on the cork means, “All men must serve.”
The Belgian-style Dubbel Ale captures the sweet taste of revenge, according to Mashable writer, Samantha Murphy Kelly. She wrote, “If vengeance were bottled up and made to drink, it might have a sweet, fruity finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste. That is, of course, if it came from the land of Westeros.” Game of Thrones fans are eager to taste Brewery Ommegang’s Valar Morghulis and have already taken to Twitter to spread the news of the liquid-vengeance:
— BeerPulse (@beerpulse) May 13, 2014
The realm has spoken. *CLINK* HBO and Brewery Ommegang present the new Game of Thrones beer “Valar Morghulis”… http://t.co/xjYspTjUPH
— Game of Thrones (@FanofThrones) May 13, 2014
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