Although we usually opt for a flagon of mead, we have no wish to neglect the many fine beers that can be found and paired with this delicious food.

We welcome your suggestions for brews that really typify Westerosi styles, and would also love to start discussions on home brewing. May your tankards never run dry!

In the Books:

  • Sweet Ale tasting of Fruit (I suspect a lambic)
  • Beer with lemon
  • Pepper beer
  • Dark, strong beer
  • Autumn Ale
  • Dark Stout
  • Bittersweet Black Ale
Readers’ Suggested Brews:
  • Leinenkugel’s – Creamy Dark, Seasonal 1888, Original, Oktoberfest, Fireside Nut Brown (WI)
  • Woodforde’s – Werry (UK)
  • Timothy Taylor’s – Landlord (UK)
  • Bateman’s – XXXB (UK)

Beers, Ales, Lagers, and more that We Love:

  • 13th Century Grut Bier – Old-school hops-less brew; slight citrus, with some rosemary and ginger tones.
  • PiwoGrodziskie – a mild wheat beer, smoky sour, aged and lovely
  • Dansk Braggot – NOMSCH. This is part beer, part mead, and all wonderful. Clearly the drink of Vikings!

Home Brewing Beer Recipes:

Over at Game of Brews

14 Responses to Beer

  1. Paul says:

    Since the North is fond of their dark beer and ales, maybe you should just list some commonly known stouts such as Murphy’s, Belhaven’s, and Guinness.
    Some porters and dark ales would be nice. Try Three Floyds Robert the Bruce.

  2. mitch says:

    I will be drinking the best dark ale, chimey for season 2 premire

  3. paulh says:

    There are some great Canadian beers that would fit in great with the Northerners’ appetite for strong dark beer, I’ll name a few to try out:

    St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
    Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale (Flying monkeys craft brewery)
    Mad Tom IPA

  4. Diana Davis says:

    My husband brews all sorts of stuff. Beer, wine, mead, cider, metheglin…he makes it all. He’s a member of the oldest homebrew club in the U.S. http://www.maltosefalcons.com. We had mead and beer flowing free at out wedding.
    If you want homebrew tips, recipes, whatever, go to the Falcons, many who have brewed some rather famous commercial beer.

  5. Donna says:

    Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch would be perfect for many of these dishes (and series watching & book reading). Info: “This recipe is the actual oldest-known fermented beverage in the world! It is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2700-year-old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine and mead, this smooth, sweet, yet dry ale will please the Chardonnay of beer drinker alike.”

  6. Stephen Flaherty says:

    The Sweet Ale tasting of Fruit is likely to be Lambswool or La Mas Ubhal in the original Celtic. It means the Day of Apples and referred to the 1st November which was dedicated to the angel who presided over fruit (originally, I’m guessing, this would have been a goddess – the goddess of apples, presumably. Note that Avalon means Isle of Apples in the original Celtic.)

    Anyway, La Mas Ubhal was a drink made from Ale or Beer with added apples, sugar, nutmeg and ginger, all simmered for a while. Most recipes I can find on the net have 2 quarts of Ale with 6-8 apples, a cup of sugar and 1/2 tsp each of nutmeg and ginger. Peel and core the apples, cut them into small chunks, throw them in the ale with everything else and then bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Or put in a slow cooker (I believe they’re called crock pots in the US) for 2-3 hours. One recipe says to remove the apples after this, puree them and then throw them back in, but I don’t know if that’s necessary. Other recipes have an apple puree being made first and then added to the beer with the spices. But throweing it all in a pot and boiling it sounds more authentically mediaval.

  7. Jewels says:

    Route des épices (Spice route) by Dieu du ciel (Quebec) is a great pepper beer.

    “Routes des épices (French for “Spice Route”) is a rye beer brewed with both black and green peppercorns. Initially, the beer reveals flavours of fresh grain and malt, which give it notes of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The pepper flavour and aroma is fully revealed in the finish, which leaves a pleasant, spicy, tingling sensation on the tongue.”

  8. Jim Paine says:

    I have to disagree with Stephen about the Sweet Ale tasting of fruit. There are several actual brews that achieve this without additional ingredients. Lambics are an obvious first choice but I always suspected the books referred to hefewiezen or other spring beers. With their light malts and low hop character the allow a the citrus flavor of the yeast to come through. Of course I recommend trying older varieties like Hoegaarden but Leinenkugels sunset wheat or Shocktop also fit the bill. These lagers can taste so sweet and fruity that many people believe they must have been made with fruit. In reality it is only the specialty yeast.

    I also recommend using nut brown ales to mimic medieval ale. Medieval ale lacked hops and often had limited amounts of yeast, meaning they were low in alcohol and carbonation. Thus a strong pale ale is nowhere near what Sansa or Arya would have been allowed to sip. Newcastle would be much more likely.

  9. Chris B says:

    A note in advance: As I’m unfamiliar with US microbreweries, but could name hundreds of different beers from UK and European microbrewers, I’ve instead kept in mind that many of the users of this site seem to be US based. Therefore, so as not to go against the website’s spirit of having a try, I have picked out the more commercially available real ale labels from the UK and Europe that I know well from experience and have found available for sale to US customers (see links).

    So! To begin…

    Sweet Ale tasting of Fruit:
    Dorset’s Badger Brewery (Hall and Woodhouse) produces a beer called Golden Glory which has a distinctly fruity taste, somewhere between peaches, cherry plums and honey melon. They’re a relatively large UK real ale company and have an online shop from which they ship internationally. They have very helpful flavour and character charts for all their beers.
    http://www.badgerdirect.com/buy/index.asp?product=1&brand=6

    Beer with lemon:
    Although it’s mentioned that the Night’s Watch buy in beer and other stores, I imagine that they would also do a fair bit of brewing too. That, the inevitable cold brewing that only the Wall could offer and the habit of drinking beer young that accompanied a medieval lifestyle, I’d recommend german Hefe Weissbier with lemon. I read about the Old Bear’s habit of lemon with beer as I was drinking exactly that and the funny coincidence has stuck the association firmly for me. As for a particular label, try Paulaner. Heaven in a glass.
    http://www.halftimebeverage.com/browse.cfm/paulaner-hefe-weiss-16.9-oz/4,1795.html

    Dark, strong beer:
    Whilst I was a student in Durham I went regularly to several Samuel Smith’s pubs where they sold a bottle conditioned Oatmeal Stout which I found (and still find) is quite distinct amongst dark beers, being medium bodied, with coffee notes and a good satisfying hint of molasses. A friend of mine, a medievalist, tells me that its as medieval as modern beers come to the dark beers of 15th century England (recipe wise, that is…I’m assuming he’s not a time traveller!) Other than Sam Smiths, Meantime’s London Porter is well worth a try too. It’s lighter than the Oatmeal Stout, and has more chocolate and caramel notes.
    http://www.halftimebeverage.com/browse.cfm/samuel-smiths-oatmeal-stout/4,742.html
    http://www.halftimebeverage.com/browse.cfm/meantime-london-porter/4,1185.html

    Autumn Ale:
    Wychwood Brewery’s Hobgoblin is a fine ruby ale with all the colours of autumn in each drop. In addition I’d recommend Innis and Gunn’s Original Oak Aged beer, which has a wonderful colour, and toffee vanilla flavours too.
    http://www.halftimebeverage.com/browse.cfm/wychwood-hobgoblin/4,928.html
    http://www.halftimebeverage.com/browse.cfm/innis-gunn-cask-strength-oak-aged-beer/4,1147.html

    Dark Stout:
    Durham Brewery’s Temptation is Russian Imperial Stout, so named because it was brewed to a high percentage for export, though the beer type itself has a longer history. It pours like treacle, and has coffee and liquorice notes that grab you, not unpleasantly, by the tonsils. Quite simply, my favourite stout in the world! It’s available online and though the prices are in pounds sterling, I haven’t been able to find anything saying that they don’t export internationally.
    http://shop.durhambrewery.co.uk/proddetail.asp?prod=TEM

    Bittersweet Black Ale:
    For a bittersweet black ale, practically any Czech brewery will see you safe. I’ve tried Krušovice on two occaisions and each time ordered a second.
    http://www.halftimebeverage.com/browse.cfm/krusovice-dark-20-16.9/4,2820.html

    Now to have a look at that wine list…

  10. Ooh, lovely! I especially like the inclusion of Froach Heather Ale. I always loved getting that gift pack for Christmas!

  11. Oh, and if there are any labels of Flanders Red, a lovely sour ale, I’ve been thinking it should be featured in anything related to Song of Ice and Fire. I love this variety myself, and have enjoyed it locally, but I imagine the label might be obscure to most folks since it’s a craft brewery that doesn’t really get beyond the West Coast.

  12. A tasty pepper beer that’s available in MA: Sgt Pepper: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/14/48526

  13. Alex Marchelletta says:

    I brewed a 1.036 mild for the season 3 premiere. Excited to drink what I feel like the hound and Bronn drank before the battle in Kings Landing at the end of season 2!

  14. Fubsy says:

    Now I honestly feel sorry for you dear American Guys… I live in Heidelberg, Germany, and today – to accomplish our Game of Thrones meal – I went to the supermarket to buy beer. I found about twenty different kinds of traditionally brewed beer. I bought some of them – unfiltered beer, bock beer, Helles, Kellerbier… even a strong, sweetish, unfiltered Christmas beer.
    You should really visit Germany, especially Bavaria, to get an idea of the medieval beer taste.

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