Game of Thrones Returns: Celebrate with a DIY Feast of Westeros-Worthy Food & Drink

Celebrate with a DIY Feast of Westeros-Worthy Food & Drink

The wait is almost over. The sixth season of Game of Thrones kicks off this Sunday, April 24th at 9 p.m. (PT) on HBO, or at 5:57 p.m. (PT) on HBO GO and HBO NOW, with the first episode "The Red Woman."

Whether you're watching GoT with friends or at home by yourself, it's important to celebrate its return in style—with a feast worthy of the Iron Throne.

Seven Kingdoms: A New Season, a New Brew

In keeping with tradition, Brewery Ommegang has released a new brew to commemorate the start of the next season: Seven Kingdoms. This is a hoppy wheat ale with 6.9% ABV and tart orange and lemon notes; it goes well with fish dishes such as smoked salmon or fish and chips.

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According to Mike McManus, the Innovation Manager at Ommegang Brewery, "This last season, the imaginativeness of the show was pretty astounding so we aimed for a beer that could hope to match that."

It looks like they've succeeded with this marriage between traditional Belgian-style wheat and a hop-forward American ale—but thankfully, unlike most of the marriages featured on the show itself, this union is a pleasant one!

Make Your Own Game of Thrones Beer

For all of you home-brewers out there, there are some authentic-style GoT beers you can brew at home, but you're looking at two weeks at least until they're done fermenting. Still, that'll set you up for the last eight episodes of Season 6.

Recipes and tips can be found at the Game of Brews by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, the unofficial Game of Thrones drink blog, and include Ginger Beer, Heather Ale, Gruit, Colonial Apple Beer, and Yorkshire Oat Ale, as well as other alcohol drinks.

Gruit herbs. Image via Game of Brews

Just make sure you pour the perfect pint of beer when you're ready.

If you don't have the time or patience for home-brewing your own Game of Thrones beer, there are other delicious DIY ways to enjoy the new season.

Make Your Own Game of Thrones Worthy Meals

Chelsea is also the person we have to thank for A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, along with co-author Sariann Lehrer.

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The book is filled with recipes approved by George R. R. Martin, and most of them can be found on the official Game of Thrones food blog, The Inn at the Crossroads. Below are a few of the recipes you can try out yourself for your GoT party.

How to Make Sister's Stew

Served once by Godric Borrell (yet to appear in the show), the head of House Borrell. Recipe can be found online here.

How to Make Lemon Cakes

Sansa Stark's favorite dessert. Recipes here (version 1) and here (version 2).

How to Make Pork Pies

A favorite of Samwell Tarly. Recipe here.

How to Make Boiled Beans

Served by Mord to Tyrion Lannister during his dungeon time at the sky cells in Eyrie. Recipe here.

Image by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel & Sariann Lehrer/Inn at the Crossroads

How to Make Tyroshi Honeyfingers

Daenerys once told Ser Jorah that she especially remembered the honeyfinger cakes of Tyrosh when she was a little girl in the Free Cities. Recipe here.

Image by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel & Sariann Lehrer/Epicurious

And these are just a few you could make. Find more Game of Thrones recipes over at Chelsea's blog.

What's your favorite recipe from the Seven Kingdoms? Share below.

Cover image via Chelsea Monroe-Cassel & Sariann Lehrer/Inn at the Crossroads

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Mulled wine is an easy and excellent comfort, weather you are on the wall or holed up in a dank castle. My simple recipe is a bottle of Bordeaux, dried cherries and other berries, cinnamon stick, star of anise brought to a boil on a low flame. Careful though, warmed wine goes strait to the head.

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