Game of Thrones Returns: 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Served once by Godric Borrell (yet to appear in the show), the head of House Borrell. Recipe can be found online here.
A favorite of Samwell Tarly. Recipe here.
Served by Mord to Tyrion Lannister during his dungeon time at the sky cells in Eyrie. Recipe here.
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.
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.