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#ForTheThrone: HBO and Brewery Ommegang announce a new beer to celebrate the return of Game of Thrones

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While we await the new season of Game of Thrones coming out on April 14 2019, HBO is bringing us a whole lot of surprises to ease up the craving for the series. While till now, we’ve been treated with two official teasers, official character posters, and the latest official trailer, (which still gives us goosebumps) HBO in collaboration with Brewery Ommegang has announced a new beer.

The latest addition of Brewery Ommegang which had released a number of beers the last year is For The Throne. By this time, we are already familiar with the campaign of HBO to build up the hype for the new season, this beverage is a co-fermented beer brewed to uphold the campaign of HBO. According to Doug Campbell, the President of Ommegang,

“Winter is here, the wall has fallen, and the final battle for Westeros is underway. With this offering, we have bent the traditional boundaries of beer-making, co-fermenting traditional ingredients with juices normally destined for fine wines, going to great lengths to create a truly unique, special beer…This style of beer, often called an ‘oenobeer,’ is a rapidly expanding area of study for us. For The Throne is our first of co-fermentation beer of 2019 and the only one we’ve launched under the Game of Thrones banner.”

Described as ‘delicate yet complex’, this beer is 9.5% ABV strong golden ale and fermented with pinot grigio and viognier grape juices. The added Champagne yeast will surely make you feel the Lannister Royalty that exists in the World of Ice and Fire.

Also, according to Jeff Peters, Vice President of Retail and Licensing at HBO,

“In the course of planning out the next beer in our amazing collaborative partnership with Brewery Ommegang we asked the brewers ‘What would Ommegang do for the throne?’”

“Their answer was to brew this exciting and innovative co-fermented beer so that our fans can raise a toast to the culmination of their beloved series this spring. Every bottle, every pour, every toast, every sip… For The Throne!”

Golden-copper in colour, the beer pours a white fluff and has been infused with the aromas of honeysuckle and toasted grain mingle with notes of pear and apricot. Brewed with pilsner and carapils malts,  dextrose, and pinot grigio and viognier grape juices, For The Throne is suitable to be served with all kinds of cheeses, roasted chicken or turkey and smoked fish. This also works fine with desserts, macerated berries and fresh whipped cream.

With flavours of sweet malt and honeydew, the finish of the beer is clean and dry, giving it a vibrant effervescence. To be sold throughout the peak month of Game of Thrones i.e. April on Ommegang’s distribution network the beverage will come in 750 ml bottles in a wrap with a golden artwork.

Where can I buy Ommegang Game Of Thrones beer?

We are sure you must be having this question in your mind after reading this article. Rest assured, Ommegang has made it easier by adding a beer finder section on their site. In addition to that, you can also check Drizly if you want the beer delivered to your house.

Join the trail as we wait for the new season of Game of Thrones and watch out as Ommegang begins the distribution of the beverage on its network. And, let’s begins the preparation #ForTheThrone.






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How did Tormund survive the attack on the Wall? Kristofer Hivju teases a resolution

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How did Tormund Survive Kristofer Hivju Teases but Won’t Tell

Among the many shockers Game of Thrones season 7 finale left us with, the uncertain fate of Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion was perhaps the most gut-wrenching. After all, we all knew that the Wall would be breached some way or other, didn’t we? But that it would collapse with Tormund on it was not something a lot of fans (raising my hand here) were ready to accept. Hence the relief was real when the season 8 trailer showed our beloved wildling alive and kicking.

Well, Kristofer Hivju, who plays Tormund on screen, was not too perturbed himself. “I assumed that they wouldn’t give Tormund an offscreen death,” he told RadioTimes.com.

While we are all happy that Tormund survived, this just opens up so many new questions. What happened when the Wall collapsed with Tormund and Beric still on it? How did Tormund and Beric manage to get away with the Army of the Dead already marching in Westeros? Where is that corridor they are seen walking through? Is it Winterfell, or some other castle?

Hivju, of course, isn’t telling, but he does promise the explanation of his (seemingly impossible) escape will be dealt with early on. In his words,

“There will be a resolution of some kind, but as to how Tormund reappears… well, I’d watch.”

Even though he was confident about coming back (though he hid it rather well in interviews), Hivju says he was extremely touched by the way fans worried about his character’s fate and felt grateful. He said:

“I felt a lot of love when that happened. When people were anxious about what’s going to happen. And there have been many moments throughout the season where I have been close to death. The Hound saved me out on the lake. And I think many people thought that this is where Tormund’s going under.”

The world of Game of Thrones is dark and full of terror, and Hivju too hasn’t been immune to the uncertainty that comes with it.

“Every time we get new scripts it’s been like, ‘Am I dying on that page?’ No. That page? No. That page? No. End of the script? OK! But for season eight, it’s a different story…”

Sure. Now that leaves us with the all-important question of whether Tormund will survive the catastrophes the new season brings and manage to win the heart of his lady love, the ‘tall woman’ AKA Brienne of Tarth (and make giant babies with her). Guess we will only find out when Game Of Thrones season 8 premieres on April 14.






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Critics won’t get to review Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes in advance

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James Hibberd from EW has reported that HBO will not send out Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes for advance reviews.

This is not really a surprise, as critics didn’t get to review the last two seasons in advance as well. So this doesn’t come as shocking news for the critics and the fans. However, with so little news filtering out, this will only serve to hike up a craze a few notches higher before the first episode airs on April 14.

This was not always the case, though. HBO used to send out DVDs of the episodes to several prominent TV critics for advance reviews. Critics often got to view as many as six episodes of a new season before it even started to air. This format worked well when Game Of Thrones was not the cultural behemoth it today is.

But everything changed in 2015 when the first four episodes of Season 5 were leaked online even before the season premiered. No critic was held responsible, but the leak did originate from a DVD screener. HBO realized that making the episodes available so widely is a huge security risk and from Season 6 onwards, no advance screeners were sent out for reviews.

However, HBO’s security woes did not end there. Game of Thrones Season 7 too saw major hacking attempts and episode leaks. The hacker, an Iranian national, was eventually arrested and charged by US authorities. For Season 8, hence, security measures have reached new heights.

The red carpet premiere will be held before the TV opening though, and select members of the press are sure to attend. However, given how heavy-handed HBO has been with security, there will almost certainly be an embargo on reporting before the TV premiere.






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Battle of Winterfell will be the longest ever Game of Thrones episode

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Battle of Winterfell will be the longest ever Game of Thrones episode

Winter is ‘officially’ coming with Game of Thrones Season 8 nearer than ever now with less than 30 days in its premiere. 30 days isn’t a long time to wait and it’s much easier if you are an avid book reader or a binge-watcher as you can finish up a new series on Netflix or Amazon Prime within a month at least! But, we on Wiki of Thrones are destined to bring you every update related to the new season of Game of Thrones.  So, the newest update is that the official runtime for each episode of the new season has been revealed by HBO, as recently reported by the most reliable source Entertainment Weekly.

A week ago we reported that HBO had revealed the run time of first two episodes of the new season being 54 minutes and 58 minutes long respectively, along with a later update on rest of the episodes. All of the info seems to be correct except for episode three which now has been officially confirmed to be longer than previously reported. The runtime for episode three is actually now 1 hour 22 minutes – which is a big nod to the epic Battle of Winterfell. Prior to this, the Season 7 finale was the longest episode, having a runtime of 1 hours and 20 minutes, which is same as the runtime of the final two episodes of the upcoming season 8.

Here is an updated list of the official runtime for each episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 as shared by the network:

Season 8, Episode 1
April 14 at 9:00 p.m.
Running Time: 0:54

Season 8, episode 2
April 21 at 9:00 p.m.
Running time: 0:58

Season 8, episode 3
April 28 at 9:00 p.m.
Running time: 1:22

Season 8, episode 4
May 5 at 9:00 p.m. 
Running time: 1:18

Season 8, episode 5
May 12 at 9:00 p.m. 
Running time: 1:20

Season 8, episode 6
May 19 at 9:00 p.m. 
Running time: 1:20

And, so this means that the average run time for Season 8 episodes will be 72 minutes – a big relief to the fans, especially to those who weren’t happy with the runtimes, especially for the Battle of Winterfell episode.

Given the fact that these are longer than the average length of Season 7 episodes, now I’m truly and even more excited for the final season coming out on April 14. What about you guys? Share your thoughts on this update in the comments.






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