New 'Game of Thrones' Beer Tastes Like Vengeance

The latest installment of Game of Thrones beer is called Valar Morghulis, which means â

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.
Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York has had major success with its series of Game of Thrones-inspired beer, and its back with its fourth installment: Valar Morghulis, meaning "all men must die" in the fictional language of Valyrian.

The latest Game of Thrones brew has a special twist though; it was picked by you. Brewery Ommegang and HBO posted a poll on the Game of Thrones Facebook page in December asking fans to pick which of four beer options (name and style) they'd want to see next. The Valar Morghullis phrase won out against Seven Kingdoms (Tripel), Hand of the King (Quad) and Khal (Quad).
The description for the winning brew highlights why the flavor resonates with the name: "Valar Morghulis is an Old Valyrian saying closely associated with the desire for vengeance. 
A Belgian-style Dubbel was chosen to capture the sweetness of revenge as well as the dangerous consequences that come with it.
A Belgian-style Dubbel was chosen to capture the sweetness of revenge as well as the dangerous consequences that come with it."
The phrase is a strong theme speckled throughout HBO's fourth season, which started airing in March. As Arya Stark sets out to avenge those who have fallen, she adopts the phrase as a mantra against the people she wants dead. The label art features a two-headed coin, which was given to Arya by Jagen H'ghar, one of the "Faceless Men of Braavos" assassins who can change their appearance on demand.
Each cork is fire-branded with “Valar Dohaeris,” the traditional response phrase to “Valar Morghulis” meaning “all men must serve.”
"The fan base for Game of Thrones keeps growing larger as each new season debuts, and the popularity of the beers is growing right along with the show,” said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of HBO Global Licensing, in a statement. “For this fourth beer, we found the perfect opportunity to give those diehard fans the power to choose what beer they wanted to drink.”
Valar Morghulis follows Iron Throne Blonde Ale (spring 2013), Take the Black Stout (fall 2013) and Fire and Blood Red Ale (available now).
Valar Dohaeris will debut this fall on draft and in corked bottles (25.4 ounces) for about $8.50 each.
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    1. Onion Rings

    Wine Pairing: Alsace Pinot Blanc
    Boehling says: "Given that the onion ring is just a dumbed-down, Americanized version of the classic tarte a l’oignon—a caramelized-onion tart with roots in eastern France near the German border—your best bet is to keep it regional and grab a full-bodied white wine from Alsace.
    Riesling will work fine, but it’s perhaps a touch precious and haughty for this application. A good Pinot Blanc or Sylvaner is more aspirationally appropriate."
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    2. Pizza Rolls

    Wine Pairing: California Barbera
    Boehling says: "Pizza: a beautiful, perfect, universally appealing example of authentic native Italian cuisine. The pizza roll: a peculiar and clunky piece of ill-informed culinary fusion only an American could come up with. What better to pair with the pizza roll than a ham-fisted U.S. iteration of a classic Italian grape variety?"
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    3. French Fries

    Wine Pairing: Old Champagne
    Boehling says: "The greatest of wines often shine with the simplest of food partners. In this marriage, the French fries’ crispy exterior snuggles up to the toasty, bready character of a well-aged Champagne.
    The wine’s naturally vigorous acidity and lively bubbles slice through the greasiness of the fries like a scythe. And the relatively benign and innocuous flavor of potatoes allows the delicate, nuanced character of the Champagne to express itself without undue interference.
    Scrimp on grub, splurge on booze: a mantra for well-executed junk food and wine pairings."
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    4. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

    Wine Pairing: Moscato d’Asti
    Boehling says: "Some people seek nirvana through alcohol; others through sugar. Maxing out at around 6% alcohol by volume, slightly sparkling, sweet Moscato d’Asti will augment your sugar high without getting you unduly hammered.
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    5. Cheeseburgers

    Wine Pairing: Lambrusco
    Boehling says: "Cheeseburgers were made to be devoured in a mad rush of ravenous hunger. Lambrusco—the classic, slightly fizzy red wine from Emilia-Romagna in north-central Italy—was made to be guzzled by the liter with reckless abandon.
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    6. Doritos Locos Tacos

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    Boehling says: "Two foods that should have never been fused deserve two grape varieties that should have never been fused.
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    7. Chicken Nuggets

    Wine Pairing: Arbois Vin Jaune
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    8. Soft Pretzels

    Wine Pairing: California Chardonnay
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